your battle plan for food shopping
Grandma was right - making a list and sticking to it is your single best way to avoid some of the worst budget pitfalls lurking in every corner of your local Megamart. You can find a lot of lists online, but the good folks at grocerylists.org have some great options, including versions for vegetarians and an editable PDF. We adapted their "Ultimate List" in a printable PDF form below (click image to open). You can also find plenty of smart phone apps for lists if you are more "new-school" than "old-school." No matter what list you choose, just make sure you use one so you can save some bread when you are shopping for bread.