Thursday, August 4, 2016

GROCERY SHOPPING LIST TIP

 

I've been on youtube lately looking at various homekeeping vlogs.  You never know when or where you will pick up a tip you never thought of.  I found a new channel that I subscribed to called "How Jen Does It."  I have watched only two so far but I'm finding it really interesting.  On her first posting she talked about how she makes up her grocery shopping list.  I was surprised because I do something very similar.  So I thought I would tell you know I do my list and maybe it would help you.

I used to just write up everything I needed on a piece of paper that I had put on the fridge and then take that with me to the store.  Inevitably I would get from the produce section all the way to the dairy at the other end of the store and realize I had forgotten the potatoes.  Or the onions.  Or I would pass the bread aisle and realize I hadn't picked up rolls and would have to go back.

So I made up a template on the computer of a shopping list.  I have headings that read "Produce", "Health", "Paper Products", "Meat", "Fish", "Frozen Food", "Dairy", etc.  Then on the night before I am going to the store I take the list off of the fridge and fill in what I need under each heading on my template.  I print it out and take it with me.  

I no longer find myself running from aisle to aisle.  All the  produce is together.  I go to the fish counter and I know what I want.  I go to the lunchmeat station and am able to pick up just what is needed.  When I get to dairy, which is the last aisle, I can see that I've gotten everything else because it is all crossed off.

This tip has saved me so much time and energy.  I can go through the store in half the time I once did.  Hope it can help you too.

Kathy

 

 

14 comments:

  1. Great idea!!! I have tried this but seem to always go back to scraps of paper! Old habits die hard.

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  2. Old habits are hard to break. But since I've been retired I am trying to be more organized. The operative word is trying.

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  3. I do a version of this - group by cateory but I do just write it out each week. BTW, I tried the Chobani Flips on your recommendation. They are delicious! I had the Chocolate Coco Loco and Peanut Butter Dream. Yummy.

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you like the Chobani Flips. I'm eating one every day for lunch. I love the Chocolate Coco Loco but it is so hard to find. I guess everyone else likes them too. I had my last one today smiling at each bite. I have the Peanut Butter Dream, Chocolate Haze (hazelnut) and Salted Caramel in the fridge. I also have a Mango Passion-fruit to try. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  4. Got the chance to see this list in action. It works! It does keep all things organized.Wish there was one for life...ha ha!

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    1. A list for keeping my life organized would be great. But I probably wouldn't follow it anyway.

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  5. Thanks, Kathy! Great tip! I have one for cleaning house that might be helpful. I used to clean for a living. Get 3 big boxes. Label one Give Away, one Throw Away and One Put Away. Start at the perimeter of the room you want to clean and go in a circle de-cluttering until you get to the middle of your room. Then go to the next room and so on. Impossible to clean until you de-clutter. It's helpful to me to remember there are only so many feet in my home and I don't have to clean the whole earth. Just my little piece of it. I hope that is helpful. Sure enjoy your blog. Kathe

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    1. I have heard of this method before although I have never done it. I always seem to have more to throw away than anything else. Decluttering is so time consuming but so necessary. I like your thought that there are only so many feet in a home. I'm going to remember that one. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  6. Kathy, I like to make out the grocery list and leave it on the table. LOL. Know what I mean? But by writing it down, it does help me remember most things. :):) Blessings for a great weekend, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Oh, Susie, I've done that too. Writing things down does seem to reinforce it in our brains.

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  7. What a great idea, Kathy. I am going to make a template and see how this works for me.
    Thank you.

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    1. It works for me. I hope it works for you too.

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  8. That's such a good idea. I rewrite my list before I leave the house and put it in order of the store I'm shopping at. It really does help to save steps and not forget anything. I've thought about putting the list on my phone...hmmmm...maybe one of these days! Hugs!

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    1. You are basically doing the same thing I am. Putting it on your phone is a great idea. I don't have a phone you can do that with but I would if I could.

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