There are lots of reasons to plan a grocery list. First of all by having a list, you avoid impulse buys or buying more than you really need. As a matter of fact, check through your freezer and pantry first before starting your next week’s grocery list and try to meals around items you already have. I often end up with several packs of chicken breast in the freezer because I can’t remember if I have any left at home. Lists also help you avoid forgetting things. Forgetting things always ends in last minute trips to the grocery store where you once again buy more than you need, or eating dinner out, which can get expensive for a family. By pre-planning you can also buy in bulk. For example buy a large package of ground turkey and use for a variety of meals such as tacos, meatloaf, spaghetti with meatballs, chili or burgers. Overall you will find that your stress level will go down since you are not rushing for a last minute idea on what to cook for dinner, and you know you will have all the ingredients you need on hand.
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