Things I Do Before Going Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping!  We all do it, but not all of us do it strategically.  There's a learning curve and as a young adult in my twenties, I am doing my best to learn how to only buy things that I need, at prices that are great!

Easier said than done.  Haha!  In this blog post I am going to outline the 5 things that I always do before buying groceries as of late.

1.  Make a grocery list

I have a hard time remembering what things I need when I'm actually at the grocery store.  I usually get hungry and wind up in the frozen pizza aisle.  BUT... Making a list and taking it with me keeps me from getting distracted or going overboard.  I buy less junk (for lack of a better word) when I go into the grocery store with a plan.

2.  Look through my coupons

If you read my post on How I Organize My Coupons, you remember that I keep things pretty clean and organized in my coupon binder.  I like to go through my binder once a week, usually on Sunday because that's when I clip all the coupons from the Sunday newspaper.  That's when I plan my meals for the week and throw away any coupons that have already expired.

3.  Look through the weekend circulars for sales

I learned from this post by Living Well Spending Less that you actually save the most from store sales and not actually from coupons.  As a total grocery saving newbie, that is good information to know.

4.  Look through my Ibotta app

I'm still pretty new to Ibotta, but it's an app where you can register certain grocery purchases for cash back.  I like how all of my favorite stores (Giant, Weis, Kmart, Walmart) are on there and so far I've made $11.  I don't know if it will always work out for me because they only offer specific products but if it's something I use a lot (like milk, or bananas) then it makes sense to give it a shot.

5.  Look through my CVS app

When you start shopping at CVS and using your CVS card frequently, they send you all kinds of coupons galore!  During my last couple of trips to CVS, I have always saved between $15-$25 dollars.  If you play your cards right you can save on all kinds of items.

Do you have any money saving tips to share?  Let us know in the comments!

Take care,


  1. Oooh lovely tips! I definitely need to organise myself better when shopping and not get drawn in by all the sweet things/Christmas aisle when there haha! Plus I end up coming home with all kinds of candles xD lovely blog! xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara
    (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram - tempting Too Faced Gingerbread giveaway!)

    1. Hey Elizabeth, thanks for your comment! I know, the candy aisles are always a temptations for me. If you ask my opinion, candles are a good thing to come home with! haha