I’m not sure about everyone else, but when it’s time to make a grocery list, I have a hard time remembering what I need. Usually what happens is that I make a list and then get to the store and realize I forgot to put a bunch of stuff on the list or I didn’t check to see if I needed certain items. Or I get home and realize I forgot some items I really need.
To make my grocery list more accurate, I adopted a practice years ago that has served me well.
- As soon as I get home from the store, I put a clean list on the refrigerator. I’ve been using Franklin Covey’s classic size menu planner for years.
- I immediately put items on the list I know I’lll be buying next week.
- I add to the list as I think of things or when I notice we’re low on something. I don’t wait until we’re out of something to buy more – as soon as I open a new jar or bag, I put the item on the list.
- The day before I grocery shop, I make my menu and finalize the list. But except for the items needed for the meals I’m making, the rest of it is pretty much done.
To demonstrate, here are several photos of my list as it evolved during the week:
This method works great for me and saves me time and frustration when I’m getting ready to go grocery shopping. Do you use a list? How do you be sure you remember everything?