Know what you need.

You can’t know what you need if you don’t know what you have.

Much shopping, impulsive and otherwise, comes from thinking you need _________.

So you toss __________ into your cart,
you get home and discover you already have two boxes of __________ on the shelf.
Or three pair of ____________ hanging in the closet.
Or four bags of _____________ in the freezer.

Having items organized, grouped like with like,
and stored where you use them creates a visual inventory.
When you can see and are aware of what you already have,
and you’ve decided how many is enough, you’ll know if you really ‘need’
more of something and your shopping habits will change.

Use lists (a great use of your smart phone) so you can note when
you need to make a purchase.
If you write it down you don’t have to try to remember how many
you have left or if you emptied the container.

(Oh, and just because it’s on sale, doesn’t mean you need it)

Know your limits.
Shop accordingly.