I’ll admit it – I have a certain way I put my grocery list together. Doesn’t everyone?
Here’s a picture of my unfinished list for this coming week.
Nick probably thinks I’m crazy for putting this much thought into my list, but I’m so used to it now that it’s just second nature.
The bottom of the list (under the line) are things on special that week I might be interested in or ones I need to remember to get because they are on sale(usually at Kroger).
Above the line is where I put everything that we need for the week, and I write those down in certain “sections” depending on what they are. I also have a list on the side of the fridge where we write things down during the week as we run out – otherwise, I would never remember some things.
For example, we have the following sections:
– Top left: dairy and eggs
– Top middle: bread, juice, wraps, deli items, etc would go here
– Top right: frozen section, usually veggies, veggie burgers, frozen fruit, etc
– Middle left: canned items
– Middle…middle: spices, grains and pastas, random stuff like popcorn, Nick’s cereal/chips/crackers he wants for the week
– Middle Right: produce
– Bottom: meat products, non-food items we need like tp, papertowels, shampoo, etc
To make it even more user friendly (or user friendly for me), I also list the meals I’m planning for the week on the back of this same sheet of paper. This keeps me on track during the week, or at least lets me know what the plans are so I know what I have on hand if plans change. I can also look at the meals while shopping to make sure I get everything I need, in case I did forget to write something down on the actual list. I keep this meal list in my planner for the week so I can consult it at any time.
Crazy? Maybe. Useful? Definitely.
What can I say? I like lists. I like being able to cross things off my list. Then I like making lists of the lists I’ve crossed off and crossing them off there, too. :)
I usually go through the grocery store the same way, too – start in produce and end in dairy/frozen section so the cold stuff isn’t sitting in the cart for a long time.
I also try to put things on the food moving sidewalk in similar groups so the cashiers/baggers don’t have to try to find all my boxed, canned, or cold stuff and put them together themselves.
How do you make your list? Do have certain grocery “traditions” or methods you do every time you shop?