I usually shop with a list because I am out of something specific and don't want to forget it. But like some of the rest of you, I have things I buy on a regular basis and so don't really NEED a list because I add them automatically. However, I need a better system because I often buy what I THINK we're out of and aren't, or I don't pick up something because I think we have it and don't. I am not a fan of the "make a list and stick to it," because there are often unexpected sales, especially of day-old bread or near-expiration produce and dairy.
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I don't generally shop with a list - I rotate the same basic ingredients throughout most of my meals, so I am usually buying the same things. The only time I shop with a list is if I am planning to have company over. Most of my meals are planned in advance, but sometimes I do walk into the kitchen and let myself get "inspired" by what I is available to determine what I will make for dinner.
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I generally shop without a list because I buy the same things week to week ie. vegetables, fruit, eggs etc. If I am making a new recipe and I don't have several of the items it calls for I do bring a list. I do have a meal plan for the week, it is loose as things can change but I generally know what we are eating day to day.
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I have done this in the past. Not a good plan and I would usually come home with a bag of groceries that I should never allow in my house.
But now, I've finally learned to make plans ahead (occasionally I am not ready). I am lucky to have a DH that likes to shop, does a great job of it, buys great bargains and healthy stuff and even when I'm not on the ball and have it all planned, I can find something in my refrigerator that makes a healthy meal.
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