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Every Shopper Needs A Master Grocery List

Who dreads creating a grocery list? I do! Every two weeks I do the shopping for our family and every two weeks I make the same list. A couple weeks ago I was on Pinterest looking for organization, budgeting ideas, new ideas for a new year and I came across a master grocery list and it has changed my life. I have used the master grocery list for a few weeks now and it’s amazing. All I have to do now is make a dinner list and check what I am going to buy in my notebook at each store.

Little Coffee Fox Inspiration Through Organization is where I found this wonderful idea and it inspired me to create a master grocery list too. This article is great and explains how to build a master grocery list.

To get started, I just used a blank piece of paper and put down each store I shop at and put down the same categories for each store. Make the categories that work for your family.
The categories I used are:
Meat/Seafood
Pantry
Fruit/Vegetables
Frozen
Baking
Refrigerated
Personal
Paper
Kids
Cleaning

For example under Paper I put toilet paper, paper towels, plates, etc. For Personal I put deodorant, body wash, toothpaste, etc. Refrigerated I put cheese and yogurt, etc. On the blank piece of paper I was trying to remember everything I buy and go through the cupboards to try and remember everything. I did this list a week before my actually grocery shopping because when I remembered something I added it to the list.

When I felt my list was complete I wrote it down in a small notebook with a pocket in the front for coupons. A bullet journal would be cool to make to!

As I wrote my list I put the items in the order they can be found in the store. For example at Target I put personal, cleaning, paper, pantry, kids because thats how the store is set up. I also color coded each store.

To figure out what I was buying at the store for each shopping time I put a check mark next to the item. I’m going to use a different colored check mark each time and then when I put it in the cart, I will x the check mark.


For items on sale or items I buy every once in a while, I just add those items to a post it and put the post it in my book.

This master grocery list changed my attitude towards grocery shopping. I love shopping- window shopping, craft shopping, but food shopping stinks. I am no longer dreading "the grocery list". I figure once I run out of room for check marks I will have to rewrite the list, but I’m guessing I have a couple months before I have to do that. Happy Grocery Shopping!

Hi I'm Jenny from Cookies, Coffee, and Crafts. I love to create decorations for my home, projects to create magical holidays, and to have fun with my kids. The quote "I run on coffee, chaos, and crafts" describes my world and I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope you find inspiration and enjoy my creative journey.