Reader Hack: Make Your Grocery List Do All the Work

get beerHere’s one of my simple solutions that has paid off in happiness and convenience.

Several years ago, I created a grocery list on my computer of all the things I normally buy. The items are grouped by category and arranged in the same order as the aisles in my grocery store.

I keep several copies of the list in a binder, along with my recipes, list of favorite meals, a highlighter and a pen.

Once a week, I sit down with my binder and plan my meals for the following week. I highlight the items I need and write down any “special” items that aren’t listed.

On the back of my grocery list, I also list the planned meals (so I can remember what I am going to make). When I go to the grocery store I can quickly find what I need and cross the items off as I get them.

This has cut down the amount of time I spend planning meals and the amount of time I spend at the grocery store.

Submitted by Kay Gallegos

3 thoughts on “Reader Hack: Make Your Grocery List Do All the Work

  • August 14 2007 at 11:38 am
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    WOW! This is a great idea – I'm going to try it today. :)

  • August 14 2007 at 5:56 pm
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    What a wonderful strategy for grocery shopping! Between the long lines and generic aisle descriptions, I need all the tips I can get!

    Thank-you for submitting this.

  • August 23 2007 at 6:28 pm
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    I'm going to try using this. Normally I just walk down every lane and pick up items that I think I might need or want. Which never work because it seems I only pick up the same items and not what I really need. It is very time consuming and costly.

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