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TopsQueen October 22nd, 2014 5:03pm

Do you make list for when you go shopping? I'm to the phase in life where I need to make them.

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HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
10/22/14 4:57 pm

Aside from memory... It keeps me on budget.... $$$

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KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
10/22/14 11:57 pm

Always. Minimizes things I forget, speeds up the shopping, and helps prevent impulse buys. I keep an ongoing list for groceries on my phone.

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Odysseus We All Need A Fantasy
10/22/14 10:19 am

All my lists are on my phone so I won't lose my lists. Now, anybody know where my phone is?

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susanr Colorado
10/22/14 10:34 am

I keep a running list in an iPhone app, actually multiple lists for different stores or sources. The minute I realize there's something I want to put on the list either a new think or something I'm about to run out of, I do it - if I wait even 5

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alynn Somewhere wonderful
10/22/14 3:48 pm

I know exactly what I'm buying when I go into the store because I always make a list. If I'm doing a weekly grocery shopping, maybe one or two impulse buys might sneak their way into the cart, but that's it!

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fredd TrumpLand
10/22/14 11:26 am

I always forget something if I don't make a list.

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FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
10/22/14 5:13 pm

I make a list, forget the list when running bw work and school, write a second one before going shopping and I never fail to forget two items. This time trash bags!! Lol

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 10:12 am

Sometimes I even forget to put things on the list.

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dawl adulting
10/22/14 2:50 pm

Yup in my phone

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catpillow Florida West Coast
10/22/14 5:46 pm

Last weekend I made a list, Monday I forget to look at it and forgot the coffee creamer and the margarine, Wednesday I returned to the store and forgot the coffee creamer again. If I could only remember to look at my list...

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susanr Colorado
10/22/14 10:36 am

minutes I'm likely to forget. The day before I shop, I look at ads for the 2 groceries I go to weekly, & add any stuff on sale that I want to get. There's also a "favorites" list in the app, where I keep a list of stuff I want to always have on hand.

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rons screw politicians
10/22/14 12:22 pm

She makes the list, hands me mine! Done.

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chickencookie It really is
10/22/14 10:40 am

I used to make lists especially when I was matching item with coupon. I really need to do that again.

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NikkiKitti47
10/23/14 8:00 pm

List it helps to make sure I get all the ingredients for recipes

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HappyLez No Worries... Be Happy
10/22/14 4:57 pm

Aside from memory... It keeps me on budget.... $$$

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fredd TrumpLand
10/22/14 11:27 am

I'll wander around the store KNOWING there was something else but I won't remember it until I go home.

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Zod Above Pugetropolis
10/22/14 12:27 pm

Yes, arranged in the order I'll find the stuff in the store. Ten minutes maximum, in and out. Maybe less. If I don't have a list it takes twice as long, and I forget to get what I went for.

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4boot LaTrineodeur, MN
10/23/14 9:30 pm

I make a mental list by imagining myself walking through the store and noting the aisles and then the items I need in each aisle...usually works well, but occasionally it doesn't.

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rich1010 Stem Cell Harvesting
10/22/14 12:30 pm

Yes, I use Grocery IQ also and like it. Very handy.

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FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
10/22/14 6:46 pm

Yeah.. It's bad.. Very very bad.. Stay away for your own good!

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FlipFlopGirl Sic semper tyrannis
10/22/14 6:05 pm

I went into Wegmans one time for four things, left with 4 bottles of wine and one thing I needed :). It's called the Wegmans Paradox..

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WildRice With a side of sass
10/22/14 6:11 pm

I make a list to keep me on budget. I like to plan all my meals ahead of time so I don't impulse buy and it's more efficient. With small kids I don't need to be in the store longer then I have to be!

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Fox semirural
10/24/14 10:48 am

For a small number of items, no; for more than several or groceries, yes...

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ssuarez0 Planet Hope
10/24/14 1:44 pm

Yes, but not because I think I'll forget; it's really more to keep me on-budget. I'll spend more money if I go all willy-nilly without a list. :)

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elianastar Gab.ai FreeSpeech
10/23/14 7:19 pm

... and stick to that list!

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 7:03 pm

That's very admirable and organized.

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mikeey1962 on SOH where else
10/22/14 10:32 am

Hey hey hey, I don't need to make lists, I just do it cause it makes it easier to remember all the other stuff we as older persons have to remember...

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 7:05 pm

That sounds like an amazing place to shop. Is it one of those discount places for the never have the same thing twice? When my husband and I were little they had wigwam stores in Seattle.

dxstap Bloomington, Indiana
10/22/14 7:42 pm

I use the app called Cozi.
Came back from the store too many times having failed to buy something, so now I have to use lists.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 7:06 pm

Men are hunters when it comes to shopping they have their target they hit their target they go. Sigh they missed so much fun.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 7:06 pm

That's what we do when we go to Costco. I emailed him the list he gets the stuff why I graze the items.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 7:07 pm

Same here sometimes if I'm really lucky I'll see something that jogs my memory.

hrankta
10/22/14 10:37 am

I never use lists. Instead, I do a lot of returning to the store for things I've forgotten.

susanr Colorado
10/22/14 10:37 am

I go through that list & add to my shopping lists as necessary. I also take a look at any paper or online coupons. The day I shop, I take a quick look at my fridge etc. to make sure I haven't missed anything. It all sounds complicated, but it's a

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 7:09 pm

Susan I have a master Cosco list on my phone. I have things like half-and-half and eggs and a few other things by every month. And cheese always cheese.

susanr Colorado
10/22/14 10:39 am

routine that takes just a few minutes to do, in total. The most important thing, though, for my feeble brain, is to put things on the list *immediately* when I think of them. Having the list on my phone makes that even easier; it's always with me.

jvc1133 61535
10/24/14 7:34 pm

App on my I phone, store by aisle.

alynn Somewhere wonderful
10/22/14 6:40 pm

I've never been to a Wegmans....I don't trust myself!

Casper Deep inthe Heart ofTexas
10/22/14 7:19 pm

I never go shopping without bringing home a surprise or two.

2katz I live in Nebraska
10/22/14 11:00 am

What's the name of the app you like? I've tried a few but keep going back to a single page in my Notes app titled "shopping."

ThomasK
10/24/14 2:36 am

Yep, sounds very similar :)
I grew up with parents that just went to the store and bought whatever they saw and it drove me nuts with all the waste. I rarely if ever buy something I don't end up using. Keep up the good work!

susanr Colorado
10/22/14 11:05 am

I've been using Groceries IQ. It's not perfect but it's good. I especially like that I can make multiple lists, & for each list I can arrange the "aisles" (categories) differently for different stores, so the list stays "in order" for shopping at

ThomasK
10/23/14 7:46 pm

I do the same. As soon as I use something up or think of something i need or want I add it to the list. I'm so anal retentive I even arrange the list in the order of part of the store the products are in from entrance to exit.

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
10/23/14 9:01 pm

I rarely have an empty list - even after leaving the store. I sort my lists by type of store or particular sets of items. And then I try to clump the items by aisle/category.

susanr Colorado
10/22/14 11:08 am

each store, more or less.

I've used others, one that I liked better until an update ruined it, but even with a couple annoying features Grocery IQ seems to fit my needs best. I'd never do very well with a simple list.