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For those of us who can't manage to add things to our grocery list right when they run out, here's a speedy alternate method to ensure nothing important gets forgotten: make a Master Grocery List.

A master grocery list is simply a list of just about everything you buy on a regular or even semi-regular basis. Then every week (or however frequently you shop) you just run your eye down the list and check off what you need, with a peek into the pantry or fridge as necessary to refresh your memory. I find this a lot easier than looking around the kitchen and trying to figure out what's gone missing. Even if it's off the shelf, out of sight and out of mind, it will still be on my master list. Plus, you spare yourself writing things out by hand and then trying to decipher your scrawl while on the prowl for bargains.

I like to organize my list in groups mostly according to where the items are located in the store, but you could also make your groups based on where things are located in your kitchen. Then print out or xerox a stack of copies and just grab a new one when needed. I like to use MS Word's "columns" feature to fit my list on a single page. Use a big font if you need it, or 4 copies to a sheet if you want to save on paper waste, and you're on your way to an efficient shopping experience.

Bonus points for flipping through sales flyers before heading out and marking which items would be good candidates for a major stock-up effort.

Here's a basic list to get you started, but of course this will be an extremely subjective from person to person. Copy-paste the text below into a word document or start from scratch. Happy shopping!

Categories only:

Cereal/Snacks
Bread/Spread
Baking
Drinks
Canned Foods
Dried Foods
Condiments
Fruit & Veggies
Frozen Foods
Meat
Deli & Dairy
Cleaners
Other Supplies
Health & Hygene
Baby
Pets
Categories with a few sample items:

Cereal/Snacks
cereal
crackers
nuts
chips
granola bars

Bread/Spread
sandwich bread
flour tortillas
peanut butter
jelly
hot dot/ hamburger buns
rolls

Baking
flour
sugar
baking powder
yeast
shortening
corn starch
olive oil
canola oil
cooking spray

Drinks
Bottle juice
juice boxes

Canned Foods
diced tomatoes
tomato sauce
salsa
tuna
canned fruit

Dried Foods
pasta
rice
dried beans

Condiments
salad dressing
mustard
ketchup
soy sauce
pickles
olives

Fruit & Veggies
potatoes
sweet potatoes
carrots
celery
onions
lettuce
tomatoes
green peppers
apples
bananas
seasonal fruit

Frozen Foods
frozen OJ
icecream
frozen peas
frozen corn
frozen spinach

Meat
beef
chicken
pork
sausage
fish

Deli & Dairy
lunchmeat
sliced cheese
shredded cheese
cream cheese
sour cream
milk
eggs

Cleaners
dishwashing detergent
hand dishwashing soap
laundry detergent
magic eraser

Other Supplies
foil
ziplock bags
garbage bags
sponges
paper towels

Health & Hygene
tissues
toilet paper
toothpaste
shampoo
soap

Baby
Diapers
Wipes

Pets
Cat Food
Kitty Litter


- Victoria, 2012-09-20

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