If you could do one thing to save time, save money, stay healthy, and eat well, would you do it?
Shopping was probably my biggest weekly time suck for a long time.
Going to the store took forever. I was constantly out of something and running back to the store at the last minute. I would forget stuff. I couldn't cook because I was out of stuff, so I would eat out all the time.
Three continually running shopping lists have solved my time, money, and cooking issues!
TIP: It is critical that the lists are continually updated.
*Run out of something? Update the lists.
*Plan your weekly menu? Do a quick inventory and update the lists.
*Receive a party invitation? Update the gift and potluck items on the list.
The lists go right in the front cover of my planner, as I need them available to add to anytime I run out of something or think of something that I need to buy.
List #1: Non-Grocery
Most of the stuff that I continually need to buy consists of groceries that I can pick up at my local market.
But I sometimes need other stuff that isn't food. Right now, that stuff includes khaki pants for my son, belts and shoes for the kids for school, and a birthday present.
Those things go on the little blue sticky note (in the above picture, bottom left hand corner).
When something is due to be bought, the sticky moves to my weekly planner to shop. This week, that will be before August 10th, since that's when school starts and the boys need the belts by then.
List #2: Sales
Some things belong on a list because I am out or almost out of them, but they are things best bought in bulk or on sale. (Note that if I need them IMMEDIATELY, they go on one of the other lists instead of the sales list.)
For example, I am out of shrimp (and the corn on the cob that I want to buy with it), but I only buy shrimp on sale. Also, my Magic Eraser has about two more uses in it. I don't use it often, but need it when I do, so I need to start watching for a sale.
Sales go on the blue sticky (in the above picture, near the lower middle) so I can watch for these items to go on sale.
Until shrimp go on sale, I'll stick to cheaper meats!
List #3: Groceries
My running grocery list is the biggest and most active list. I shop about every eight to ten days. Each time, I start a new list when I get home and unload the groceries.
TIP: Train the whole family to tell you when they run out of something that they eat. Make them live without it for eight to ten days a couple of times, and even your little ones will figure it out!
My grocery list is vaguely divided up like my favorite grocery store.
Try setting up three lists and making your life easier!
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