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How to make a Shopping List

Updated on March 20, 2013
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Oops, though I went for shopping , I forget green chilly! I need to again go to supermarket tomorrow to get oil, I forget to get it today! Kids, you have to manage without fruits today, there is none left in the fridge and it gone off my head to buy today.

These will be your situation, if you don't manage to make a list before shopping. I usually keep a notepad attached to my fridge. Whenever I get short of something, I immediately write it down. It helps me to fall into the above situations. In this article, I will show you my way of creating shopping list.

Steps for Making a Shopping List:

I know you might be thinking that "why to follow so long procedure". But believe me once you follow it, you will get used to it. And by this method you will never forget to get anything you require.

Step 1. Make a random list of things, you get short of:

When we work in kitchen, we come across many things which seems to finish in few days. Write it down those things randomly. Don't think that you can remember it while shopping, you may not.

Below is an example of how I create my shopping list.

(click column header to sort results)
Shopping List  
Bread
Oil
Rice
Banana
strawberry
dinner set
turmeric powder
caserrole
facial tissues
orange
hairoil
shampoo

Step 2. Divide things as per the category

Now you are having a random list of things to buy. But you don't have to take that list with you. You have to arrange the things as per the category.

For Example: You have to buy vegetables and fruits from one shop, so write it down under one heading (Category A). If suppose you have taken a list written randomly, you have to go through all the items at each shop or Aisle to make sure that you have not forgotten anything. And I think it is very time consuming.

Note: Category= Shop or department or Aisle or Mall etc

I divide category as various "shops" in U.A.E.. For example there is one market called "Gift Market", which has got tons of varieties of utensils. So I usually buy utensils from there only. So my utensils (Dinner set, casserole ) come under the category of "Gift Market" and so on and so forth for others.

Category A
Category B
Category C
Category D
Orange
Caserrole
Hair Oil
Turmeric Powder
Banana
Dinner set
Shampoo
Oil
strawberry
 
Facial Tissues
Rice
 
 
 
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    • rumanasaiyed profile imageAUTHOR

      Rumana 

      5 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Nice option. I think that should work for you...

    • Bedbugabscond profile image

      Melody Trent 

      5 years ago from United States

      Nope. I take my phone everywhere. I have tried many shopping list apps and they don't work for me. I need to write one. A picture of a written list will do the trick though.

    • rumanasaiyed profile imageAUTHOR

      Rumana 

      5 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      This is the problem with many people. And I think the phone option is better, becoz u are never going to forget your phone right !:)

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      Melody Trent 

      5 years ago from United States

      I follow a similar procedure when making a list. I do not like making shopping lists, but I have way too much going on to remember everything. My issue is that I always forget my list! I think I am going to start taking a picture of my list with my iPhone, that way I have it with me no matter what!

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