Candy bars, crispy chips, in-store cafés — so tempting! These constant, tiny distractions are often keeping us from achieving our budget goals. And let’s face it, we can’t do it alone. In comes the mighty shopping list, our spell against the money-swiping pixies.

When it comes to keeping your grocery budget in check, a shopping list is your best friend. So, without further ado, here are four reasons why you should never set foot in the grocery store without one.

1. It keeps you on track

You’re more likely to stick to the essentials if you make it a point to buy only what’s on your list. Having a tangible reminder with you throughout your shopping trip, like a list, will encourage you to stay on track. Back off, impulse purchases!

Set aside time to check what’s already in your kitchen and jot down what’s needed for the week. If you’re a meal planner, this is your time to shine. Check Flipp for weekly deals, plan your meals accordingly, and add the ingredients to your shopping list. Remember, you’re counting on this list to keep you from making extra purchases so make it good!

2. It saves you extra shopping trips

This is a no-brainer, but still worth mentioning. Your shopping list helps you remember everything you need to buy for the week. Remember that dreaded feeling after unpacking your groceries and realizing you forgot the key ingredient for your recipe? You’re busy enough already, so avoid the extra trip by making a list.

“But what if I forget my shopping list?” You say. Well, I’m glad you asked! A great tip is to use the shopping list feature on Flipp. It’s on your phone, so you’ll never forget it. Unless you forget your phone, but that’s another story.

3. It finds you deals quickly

When you use Flipp’s shopping list, not only will it save you money by keeping you on track, but it will also find weekly deals especially for you! Yes, you read that correctly. By adding everything you need to the Flipp app, you’ll see all the deals without having to search for them.

Add an item to your shopping list like you normally would, and click on the arrow next to it. Then, scroll through the deals and tap the one you like. That’s it! You’ll see the deal in your clippings, right below your shopping list. It doesn’t get more convenient than that.

Thinking ahead to next week’s shopping? You’re already a step ahead with your list on Flipp. With your list already saved, it’s easy to edit it from week to week so you never have to start from scratch. Cheer for efficiency!

4. It can be shared with a friend

Sharing your shopping list is the perfect way to divide and conquer without being together. When you share your Flipp shopping list with a friend, you’ll both have an updated copy at all times.

Made a quick stop at the store on your way home? Your shopping partner will see changes in real time, so you don’t have to worry about buying duplicates or forgetting an item added to the list last minute.

Now that you have your well-rounded shopping list and deal clippings in one place, you’re ready to crush it at the grocery store.

Your new challenge is figuring out what to do with all your extra time and money.