Grocery shopping is a task that most of us dread. It can be really frustrating once you get home and realize you forgot to get an item or that you neglected to give your vouchers to the employee for that great purchase and get another one for free. You govern every other aspect of your life, so focus on the organizational discipline of your grocery shopping efforts as well.
Start planning your shopping trip. In order to prepare a list of the foods you will need for the week, you should also get in the habit of planning to eat out each week. Choose one day of the week for shopping and stick to it. If you’re grocery shopping on a Wednesday when ads are off, make sure your menu planning is done by Tuesday. Once you have completed your list, you can create your own shopping list.
It’s also important to have an inventory of current pantries and closets, and add essential items that are running low. It’s easy to forget that you used the last can of mushroom soup in a new recipe you tried, so make sure you have two more cans when you prepare it again.
Keep a grocery list on a bulletin board or refrigerator, and make sure everyone in the family knows where it is. This way they can easily add items to their near-expiring list or request favorites on their next flight.
There are printable grocery lists online, but you might want to consider creating your own and saving them to your computer so you can easily print out each week. Make room on your list to report items for sale and items for which you have a coupon. Make sure your coupons are organized and tidy and that you have current ad copy in case of a mismatch once you get there. Comes with a calculator on hand to avoid sticker stings at the checkout log.