Ah, grocery shopping. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I don’t actually mind it most of the time-the shopping part, that is. The part I hate is writing the list. I ALWAYS seem to forget something (or many things!) and it usually takes me forever to write it, because I keep wracking my brain, hoping that I’ve gotten everything down. So, a few years ago I decided to create a grocery master list that I could save and use each week. And let me tell you, it’s been a game changer for me!
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I set my grocery master list up according to the isles/sections at the grocery store. For example: frozen, dairy, baking, bathroom, snacks, etc. So, when I’m actually doing my shopping, I can quickly glance at my list to see if anything in that area is highlighted, or if I can just skip that area of the store. I LOVE this aspect of my grocery master list–it really saves me time to have things laid out in an organized way 🙂
There are sections of white space throughout my grocery master list-I did that on purpose! It’s inevitable that things will come up that I need that aren’t on my list–maybe I find a new recipe that calls for something I don’t usually buy. I can write it down in the correct section and then add it to my digital grocery master list so it will be there in the future.
Guess what? You can edit your Grocery Master List too!
Yes! It’s true 🙂 There are a few ways you can do it. If you have Adobe’s PDF editor, you can upload your grocery master list and make changes there. If you don’t have that, you can use a free PDF editor online. I’ve tried one called PDF escape and it seems pretty simple to use. You can try it here.
How to Use Your Grocery Master List
- I print about 10 copies of my grocery master list at a time and keep them on a clipboard that I have on my fridge. (I actually use magnetic tape on the back of the clipboard to hang it on the fridge. You can get some here!)
- Throughout the week, when I see that I’m out of something, I grab my highlighter and highlight the item on my list.
- When I plan my weekly menu, I get my grocery master list and highlight the things I’ll need for my meals that week. Then I do a quick glance-through of my fridge, freezer and pantry.
- My grocery master list is great for helping me remember things that I might have otherwise forgotten–I just quickly look over each section and see if there’s anything else I might need that week.
I hope you love it too!
Seriously, using my grocery master list has saved my sanity!! It has cut my planning time in half-if not more! I don’t worry if I’m forgetting things and it has made my grocery shopping experience so much smoother. I really hope you use it and love it as much as I do!