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Make A List And Stick To It!

Grocery shoppingGrocery shopping with cart listAs we prepare for Thanksgiving or any grocery shopping trip, planning ahead is important. Go to the grocery store armed with the tools to keep impulse purchases in check. Here’s some tips:

*Make a list at home and stick to it! Write your list at home when you are in familiar, safe environment rather than the “buy me” environment of stores. The tendency for impulse purchases is high when you are in the store. Your guard is possibly lower than it is at home. While you wait at the checkstand, make it a policy not to purchase any of the items placed there to prompt impulse buys.

*Don’t go to the grocery store when you are hungry, stressed, or tired. You’ll be more apt to give in to the temptation of purchases that you normally would not make.

*If you notice, the best, healthiest foods are found on the outside of the store. Fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy are outside of those processed food aisles. Stay outside of those aisles as much as you can.

*By making a list at home, you include what items you NEED. By veering off from your list at the store, you will get items that you WANT but probably don’t need.

*Studies show that the longer you are in the grocery store, the higher probability that you’ll buy impulsively. Organize your list according to the flow of the items you’ll need.

If it’s not on the list, don’t buy because it won’t be missed! You’ll save money and calories!

Believe In Yourself,

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