The first step in planning a trip to the grocery store is making a list. A shopping list is merely a reminder of what you went to the store to buy. Lists can be written on paper and/or digitally and even in your head if you are really disciplined! The list will help you narrow your decisions to necessary items and then any coupons in your coupon organizer you have for list items help you narrow the decision even further if the price is right. To shop without a list means you enter the store and everything in the store is an option…talk about a recipe for overspending time and money! So take time to create a list before you go in the store and this simple tool will guide your purchases and provide boundaries around your spending.