Streamline Your Food Shopping List

by Tina on August 31, 2010

When you’re preparing your list for food shopping, do you find yourself staring blankly into your pantry, refrigerator or freezer trying to take inventory of what you might need? Do you have to ask everyone in the house if they need something from the grocery store? Here’s how you can streamline your food shopping list.

  1. Buy a particular set of scratch pads that everyone in the family knows are the Grocery List Pads
  2. Place these pads strategically in spots where the “last one” of something is likely to be used (we have them in a kitchen drawer which is also near the laundry room, in a master bathroom drawer, in an upstairs bathroom drawer, and in the office)
  3. Train yourself and your family to list items on these pads whenever anyone is using the “last one” of something (last tea bag, last q-tip, last yogurt cup, last drop of shampoo, last dryer sheet, etc.)
  4. Train yourself and your family to list items on these pads that are non-last-one items (e.g. your spouse needs light bulbs for new fixture)
  5. Train your kids to list items on these pads for school assignments, as soon as the assignments are received, including the due date (unless it falls earlier than your next scheduled grocery store visit, in which case they need to come to you directly)
  6. Use these pads to record items from your Menu Planning list. No matter when or how you do your meal planning (month in advance, week at a time, day of, etc.), capture the list of what you will need to prepare your family’s meals, school lunches, snacks, parties, etc. on these same pads.

When it’s time for a grocery store run, gather the lists and go! You can do this.

“…she provides food for her family…” Proverbs 31:15 (New International Version)

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 Hello, my name is Tina Bonifacio, and I am a Professional Organizer working with residential and commercial clients in the greater Savannah, Georgia area. For more information, visit Thanks for stopping by. You are welcome back anytime.

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