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!
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