SAVE TIME WITH A MASTER GROCERY LIST (FREE PRINTABLE)

 

SAVE TIME WITH A MASTER GROCERY LIST

 

You finally found time to go shopping. You survived the sticker shock when the checker totaled the damages. You managed to get the kids in the car, the groceries unloaded and you thought, I’m done with that for a week or two. Only to find two days later that you forgot something.

I’ve been there, too!

But I do much less of it since my husband suggested we make a master grocery shopping list. His creativity and problem solving kicked in when he took over part of the shopping.

So, we sat down and brainstormed all the things we bought regularly, typed it out, and added a few blank lines for additional items. We set up our list by categories, so as we visited each section of the store, those items were listed together.

That was about ten years ago. Over time we added things and removed others, updating as our buying habits changed.

It took a little time at the beginning, but saved us countless extra trips and lots of time and frustration.

When we were planning to go shopping, we would print out a copy and go over our list, checking the pantry and freezer as we did. We allowed space on the left side to check off items we needed.

Grocery List

You can download a copy of our master list here. Or you can easily type up your own, being as specific as you like.

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A couple of years ago, we retired our printed list and began using an app called Grocery I.Q. Since my husband uses an iPad and we both have iPhones, it works across all those devices. We can both add items to the list any time and it’s readily available to whichever one of us stops at the store. Whatever smart devices you use, there are many apps available. With a little experimenting, you can find one that suits you.

Grocery-IQ

We followed the same principles by adding the items we buy regularly. The app automatically saves them. An added benefit is the ability to make multiple lists. We have one for warehouse shopping, one for regular grocery shopping, and one for the drugstore. Since we can make as many lists as we like, we’ve even added lists for items to take on vacation, fix-up projects and more.

If you’d like more information about Grocery I.Q., especially some of the added features like coupons, check out Nicole’s post on Techmomogy.

I believe it was Dale Carnegie who said that the dullest pencil is better than the sharpest mind. His point was write things down. Make a list. A master shopping list or the right app will save you time, money and frustration.

Do you have an app you love? What other ways do you make shopping easier?

 

 

 

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About Donna Reidland

Donna is a writer, blogger, speaker & Christian counselor. She writes on organizing, time management & lifestyle subjects. She also writes on Christian Living & the Bible @ Soul Survival (http://donnareidland.com).

12 Comments

  1. I keep a Master List in the Memo Pad on my phone and I update accordingly. Grocery shopping for me is easy since I’m on a vegan/plant-based way of eating. Trader Joe’s is my go to grocery store and I get all of my produce from an organic market or farmer’s markets.

    • Donna Reidland

      That sounds like a great plan, Yvonne. I love Trader Joe’s, but we haven’t had one here. We’re supposed to be getting one soon and I’m pretty excited.

  2. Jann Olson

    Loved things like this when I had my young family. Now I just tell Alexa what I run our of or need to buy. 🙂 Love that it’s on my phone when I get to the store. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  3. I keep meaning to make one of these, but I haven’t gotten there yet. I love your list. Having something like that attached to the fridge at all times would be nice.

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