Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Grocery List - Works for Me

I don't like grocery shopping. Especially when I forget some of the stuff I am there after.

I have tried making a handmade list. You know the type where you hand write items as you think of them.

I would try to then go aisle by aisles but would always have to go back at least once. Sometimes, after backtracking several times for different things, I decide we don't need milk or bread because I don't want to back track again.

Finally in a fit of frustration, I wrote down what the major things on each isle were. In my store, the first section is fresh fruit and veggies, then freezer, then bread etc.

Once I had that list, I sat down and typed up the things that we buy fairly regularly in order of what is on each aisle.

It didn't have to be perfect, over the next few weeks I added what I had missed.

It took a bit of time to set up (maybe an hour) but now I have a customized list, set up to follow my store of the things I buy fairly frequently.

When we need eggs, I circle eggs. I don't have to write it out, I don't have to think about what order to write down items.

The list also has the added benefit of reminding me of items needed. Seeing trash bags on the list has reminded me that we are low on trash bags.

You can look at my list here.

It may not be perfect but it Works-For-Me.


  1. That's a great idea!! I'm going to have to try that... I might have to join this carnival... because I certainly have found what works for me on this issue.

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  2. Great idea! I learnt the same thing from a lady who shopped regularly for L'abri in England. She wrote the list according to aisles. I tried myself to write a list of what was in each aisle once - I did a special trip to the shop just to create the list. THen I lost it. Just like the time I wrote months worth of rotating menu plans, and lost it on my first visit to the shop. Not the brightest tin on the shelf, as you can see.
    Thanks for sharing what works for you! I'll have to give it another go and see if I can (try) make it work for me.

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