Of all the tips and tricks I use to run my household, one of my favorites is to use a magnetic notepad.
I simply hang the magnetic notepad on the side of my fridge, and as I notice we’re running low on a pantry staple, I write it on the notepad. When it’s time to go shopping, I simply tear the list off the notepad and head to the store with my coupons.
If you take the time to do menu planning, the magnetic notepad is useful for remembering those one or two ingredients you don’t have on hand for a particular recipe. It’s also useful for creating lists of household products and toiletries whose supply is dwindling. You’ll save money at the store by shopping with a list of what you need, too.
You can find magnetic notepads at dollar stores and discount stores, but my favorite way to get them is to wait until they go on clearance in the Dollar Spot at Target. I’ve been able to amass a stockpile of notepads for just 30 cents each!
Of course, you could always just use a regular notepad and just set it next to the fridge, too, but I like the magnetic ones because when it’s stuck to the fridge I always know where it is. Or if you really want to be a cheapskate, you could glue one of those promotional magnets onto the back of a promotional notepad you got for free!