Importance of Creating a Shopping List

By Angela Monroe - July 3, 2020

Importance of Creating a Shopping List

Aimlessly impulse patrolling the aisles for what to eat? It’s costing you money. The importance of shopping lists is most evident in your bank account. So how can you make it happen?

In this article, we go over the pros and… pros of shopping lists.

So what are the benefits of creating a shopping list?

woman grocery shopping

The importance of shopping lists has been known since humans first developed an alphabet. It’s no joke either, ancient shopping lists have been found from over 2600 years ago!

They save time, money and even weight!

Shopping lists save time:

looking at watch

Those hours spent pouring over products lining supermarket shelves to be specific. Creating a list of what to buy when you’ve got time to think it through can dramatically save time by helping you avoid selecting products you don’t need. You won’t find yourself umming and ahhing in the aisle with a proper shopping list.

Furthermore, you won’t need to think ‘what’s for dinner tonight’ as you’ll have it all figured out prior to meal time. Buy me a Pie is a simple app designed to get you started.

Shopping lists save money:

piggy bank

It’s true. Shopping lists are huge money savers. How? Because you won’t go off on tangents, choosing products with clever marketing labels or unnecessary items. Research shows that people who go shopping on a whim, without a shopping list often end up spending up to 30% more at the checkout than shoppers with lists.

Overspending is a leading cause of uncontrollable debt. Many shoppers fall prey to impulse buying, only to regret it later. Keep on top of your finances with a shopping list.

Shopping lists help you remember:

mother and daughter shopping

If you’ve found yourself driving out of the supermarket car park thinking; ‘oh I forgot the …!’, a shopping list is a must. People put a lot of trust in their memories but they sure aren’t hole proof. Research shows that 80% of items on a shopping list are actually purchased. 

This means that with a shopping list, you’re more likely to drive out of the car park knowing you’ve got what you need.

Additionally, physically writing down items helps you remember. Have you ever found that when you write things down, you’re able to remember them more easily – even without actually looking at the paper? This usually seems to be true with typing text into a phone too.

Shopping lists save weight:


In a health sense that it. It’s pretty common to buy things that look visually appealing. Advertisers have played on this since money came about. That frozen pizza that looks so good on the box for example. Having a shopping list can really help you make healthy choices. This is because you’ll be able to think about what you need at home, away from tempting packages.

Next time you make a healthy shopping list, make sure to do a little research and make the list out of the supermarket.

How can I create one?

on phone

Using a simple pen and paper shopping list works. You’ll be able to have something tangible with you – simple to make, simple to use. However, technology can take you way further.

Apps like AnyList allow users to categorise items, update and edit lists and share lists with other people. This means that whoever you share your list with will be able to purchase items, update the list and you won’t double up on anything.

Angela Monroe
Angela Monroe is the Community Manager at The Positive Group, specialising in giving people the information that they need when they need it, and putting you on the path to a fair financial future. She has 8 years of experience in helping Australians find the right finance solutions, and regularly contributes articles to empower Australians with the knowledge they need to become financially healthy.


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