Before learning about the benefits of shopping sales with coupons you're shopping lists we're probably a lot like mine - long!! For so many years the mindset was to go grocery shopping once a week, usually Saturdays in my family.
This practice did not work particularly well for me when I first started using coupons and following price match-ups to make my list.
The first Savvy Shopper Challenge I encountered was that not everything on my list which I had taken from the local flyer was a stocked item. It was difficult to hang onto list, coupons, pen, calculator and attempt to make the necessary manual mathematical corrections because my goal of course was to know my exact total prior to going through the till - especially with numerous items in my cart.
Oh....and I'd be trying to hide behind some display so no one could see my confusion!!
This scenario rarely happens now. My shopping lists are much shorter and are usually restricted to only those items which are on sale and that I have coupons for, making control over my shopping a dream.
You can start looking forward to shorter shopping lists too! In fact I recommend it even if you have to stop in a couple of times when you first start couponing. This way is far easier to manage and control and you wont get overwhelmed if several items you have on your list are either not stocked or out of stock.
Having a well supplied stockpile to eat from is not instantaneous and will take a little while to build up. As it builds the 'need' for long complicated shopping lists disappears!