The only way I can avoid the 'one little thing' shopping trip is to group all my purchases together. I give myself a set time once a week to run out to Target and buy all my items and vow to not return until the following week. My necessities include the items I am not actually out of but those important items (like toilet paper and dishwashing detergent) I might be running low on. Not only does this help with keeping me away from Target, it keeps me at ease knowing I am not going to completely run out of a key item. Running out of toilet paper in a family of six is a very scary thought!
So what do you do to keep household shopping in check? Does bulk help? Coupons? Please help us out here :)