One thing I have learned over the years is that going into the grocery store with an organized list makes a world of difference! It not only ensures that you get everything you need, but saves time from having to go back to an aisle to get something you forgot.
A few weeks ago, I share my grocery list on my Instagram story and was pleasantly surprised by all of the feedback… Something so simple, but people loved it! So, I thought I would put it all together into an easily referenced post… here it is!
1. Get yourself a notebook
Just a small little notebook that you can easily throw into your purse and take with you. I use the same notebook every week when I go to the store. This is great because I can go back to previous weeks to see what I made, or what I bought! Everything can be easily referenced.
2. Group the items you need
Every week I have at least 5 groupings that my grocery items go under: veggies, meat, dairy, other, household. I create my groups based on where things are located in the store. For example, all of the vegetables are in one area, so I put those together on the list and make sure they are all crossed off before I move on the the next area of the store. You can have as many or as few groupings depending on what you’re buying for the week. I might add another section called snacks, cosmetics, etc.
3. Use tick marks to account for multiples
Start with the first recipe you plan to make for the week and write down all the ingredients in the appropriate section, then move on to the next recipe. Say both recipes 1 and 2 call for chicken. Rather than writing a number, add 2 tick marks next to your chicken. This makes it easy update the number you need rather than writing the letter 2 and then needing to scratch it out and replace it with a 3 when you find another chicken recipe you want to make for the week.
4. Have a meal section
In this section write down all the meals you’re planning on making for the week. If the recipe comes from a cookbook, I always include the page number and an abbreviation for the title of the cookbook that its in. If the recipe is on Pinterest, I just write “Pin” next to it. This will help keep track of where the recipe is when it comes time to make the meal.
5. Bring a pen
I find a grocery list is useless if you don’t have a pen to keep track of what is going in your cart. If you don’t cross it out, you will likely over look an item, thinking you grabbed it when in reality, you did not!
I hope these 5 tips will help you stay organized on your next trip to the store!