Frustrated when you forget to pick something up when grocery shopping? Simplify grocery shopping with a running grocery list …
For years, I ran into the same problem every time I went grocery shopping: I never remembered to shop for everything I needed.
My routine went a lot like this: A few minutes before I headed out the door to the supermarket, I jotted down a quick list of food I planned on making for dinner and things I knew I needed restocked.
As I went grocery shopping, I would find what was on my list along with some other things that caught my eye and fit our budget … then I would head for home.
Without fail, a couple days after my grocery shopping trip, I’d notice that we ran out of a spice that I now needed for a recipe. Or extra rolls of toilet paper just weren’t there.
Finally I wised up to my predicament and started keeping a running grocery list. It was much easier than I ever imagined, and saved me so much frustration.
What’s a running grocery list?
Over the years I’ve collected a random assortment of magnetized note pads, and I like to I stick one of the side of my refrigerator. Whenever I’m in the middle of cooking and I run out of an ingredient – whether it’s coconut oil or cayenne pepper or capers – I stop what I’m doing and write the ingredient down on my note pad.
Throughout the course of a week, my list grows. When I know I’m planning a trip to the grocery store, I take the list and think about what I’m planning to cook in the next few weeks. Then I look at recipes and add any ingredients I need to my list.
Once that’s done, I’m ready to go grocery shopping. I buy what’s on my list – and for the most part, once I get home I’m not frustrated by forgotten items. I have what I need. My cupboards are filled with all the good things my family needs.
My favorite perks of a running grocery list
I really appreciate not getting frustrated. But even more, I love my husband and kids not needing to ask for something I forgot to add to my list, like toothpaste.
(If they inhale the snacks I’ve bought and are left with nothing, I don’t sweat it – because they chose to eat more than usual, they can wait until our next trip to the grocery store.)
I know a running grocery list sounds like a pretty basic homemaking tip – and it is. But after I spent so much time not keeping one, I’m glad that I’ve found an easy way to simplify grocery shopping.
How do you simplify grocery shopping? Do you keep a running grocery list?
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