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How to Make the Best Grocery List

Updated on June 19, 2013

I guess that everybody had that awful experience of coming home from the supermarket only to realize that he or she have forgot to buy something very important and urgent. That feeling when you realize that you need to go back there, can be pretty ugly. And time consuming. And in terms of gas or buying in the more expensive shop in your neighborhood, expensive. However, the fact is that you are just a human, and human forgets. A lot.

That's the reason why we constantly make lists, reminders and all kind of notes, just to make sure we will do everything we should. But sometimes, it's not easy to make even a good list.

Here you can find an idea how to make the best possible list that will help you avoid this kind of unpleasant situations.

Make a menu plan

I don't know if you menu plan, but if you do, it can be very helpful. If you create a good plan for all of your meals in the close future, you can take your cookbook and write down all of the ingredients you are going to need for those meals. You can also plan to eat food that is on sale that week, and save some money. So, when you are creating your grocery list, you should start with items needed for your menu plan.

But there are some things that we always need to have, and we don't pay attention on them while we are menu planing.

Always needed

For example, if you are planning to prepare fried chicken, you will put a chicken to your list. But, will you check if you have oil or salt in your house?

My advice is to create a list of 'Always needed' stuff. So when you are creating your grocery shop list, you should first consider these ingredients and food. I usually grab this list and go through the kitchen. I check if I have enough bread, milk, vitamins, oil, eggs, vinegar, tea, coffee and various spices. This way, I prevent myself from not having most important things in my kitchen.

This list will vary from family to family and will depend on your habits, medical and nutritional needs, so you are probably the only person that knows what should be on it. My advice is to just write down items that you can think about right now, and as time goes by you will find out if there are some additional items that you need to add here.

Blank list on your refrigerator

Additional to this, good practice is to have a special blank paper on your refrigerator. Every time you or someone from your family use last piece of something, or realize that some items need to be restock, that person should put that on that list. This way, you will be less likely to go back to the store.

So, you will already have a list of all the groceries that you spend and should stock up, you will already have a list of things that you always need, and a menu plan. This three papers will make it very easy for you to make the best grocery list you can.

Benefits from having a great grocery list

Although you maybe just don't want to go to the store for multiple times, there are additional benefits from having a good list with you.

You will save the money. If you make a role to buy only from the list will have less impulse purchases in the supermarket. You will also save money for the gas if you go to the store only once. If you start to plan your meals ahead, you can adjust them to current sales and coupons that you can find.

It will make you eat healthier. Impulse purchases often means buying unneeded junk food and other unhealthy items. Missing to buy some essential ingredient can lead to ordering a pizza instead of making some nice and healthy homemade meal. And forgetting to buy fruits or vitamins can be avoided if they are on your 'always needed' list.

I hope you will give a grocery list a shoot, and that it will simplify this errand to you.


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