I’m a big grocery-list maker. But I tend not to follow it when I get to the store. Sound familiar? When we surveyed more than 1,000 shoppers about their grocery-shopping habits, 86 percent told us that they make a list but don’t always stick to it. More than one in 10 said they don’t even bother, or they make one but never stick to it. But a lot of people said they’re following their list more than they did a couple of years ago.
Do you make a list? Do you follow it? Come on, you can tell us!
Maybe there’s something about that little scrap of paper that makes it too easy to ignore—or forget. If you decide to swing by the supermarket on your way home from work and your list is hanging on your fridge, it doesn’t do you much good, does it?
One easy solution for that problem is an app. For our September story about supermarket shopping we tried out a handful of popular apps, including one list-maker: Grocery IQ. It’s from Coupons.com, which is a great website and app for coupon savings. Grocery IQ gets you coupons too, but it starts out by asking you to make a list. So it’ll take a little time to set up, but if you tend to buy the same stuff week after week, you’ll save time over the long haul. And it doesn’t take too long to add items later. It works on Android and Apple. Try it out and let us know how you like it.
For coupons, we also like Cellfire and SavingStar, in addition to Coupons.com. But we’re not crazy about Grocery Smarts, which we found hard to use and doesn’t cover any major supermarket chains.
For more supermarket savings strategies, pick up our September issue!