It’s Thursday! You know what that means? I have another one of my fabulous contributors here. Sarah is sharing an awesome Customizable Grocery Checklist with us today. I love that she shows you how to customize it to your needs. She shares how she uses it in her own home also. Here’s Sarah:
Happy January everyone! Can you believe it’s 2014?!
Today, I’m stopping by to share a printable that will help you organize your pantry and grocery shopping trips. I first developed this “system” in 2010, when I went back to work just after having my second daughter. I hated planning my meals and then scanning my pantry (which consists of a small space upstairs and more space in the basement) just to see if I was out of something. Then I would go to the store, with my list for meals and realize I forgot to right down if we were out of the kids cereal or granola bars. It just felt so chaotic. Then, I watched a cooking show with Michael Smith, who said he keeps a running list inside his pantry of what he needs. Everytime he finishes something, he adds it to the list – then when he heads to the store, he knows exactly what to get.
I noticed that I was continuously adding the same staple items to my list fairly regularly – things like chicken breast, crackers, and apples – things I never wanted to run out of. So when I sat down to create a printable list, I typed those items in, and left several blank lines as well for the items I buy less frequently. The one you download will be blank so you can fully customize it yourself, but here’s an idea of how it will look:
Here’s how it works in my house:
I tape my printable shopping list inside the door of my pantry cupboard. I place a pen on the top shelf inside the pantry so it’s always handy when I need it. When I run out of bananas, I simply check the box. When I run out of vanilla, I write it on a blank line. Since I only need to replace my vanilla once a year, if that, it doesn’t get a permanent spot on my list. Then when I meal plan, I make a little note of what we will be eating on the list, write in or check off any additional items I will need (that I may not usually stock), and take my list to the store with me. When I get home from grocery shopping, I tape a new list to the inside of the pantry.
To download your own copy, you can click here. When the new page opens, click on the image to bring it up full size, and then right click to save the image.
You can quickly customize your list to include your regular purchases. Trust me, it’s easy peasy! First, download the blank grocery shopping list here. Then, open the image in PicMonkey.
When it opens, it will be really small, because the image is sized for a legal (8.5×14) sheet of paper. To zoom in, click the number in the bottom right hand corner that has a percent sign. You can zoom in or zoom out using this. When you go back on your document, you will see a hand – this is what will scroll your document up and down.
Then, click add text. I found that Shadows Into Light Two in size 35 fits perfectly on the lines provided. Just type, choose the correct font, and move your text box until it sits neatly on the lines. Use a new text box for each section. Rather then devote three lines to sugar, you’ll notice I have sugar – w / b / i. This way, I can simply circle w if I need white sugar, b for brown, or i for icing sugar. You could do this for many items, like chicken – b (breasts), t (thighs), w (whole), etc.
When you are finished typing, click save and save it to your computer. You now have a master list that you can print every week, and use to organize your grocery shopping trips! I even separated them by the grocery store area, so it should make it easier to grab what you need at the store.
I hope this helps organize you! I know it has really saved me a bunch of time (and money – I can’t tell you how many times I brought home a bag of mini cucumbers for my kids, when there were still some in the fridge… overbuying fresh produce REALLY sucks!)
And if you like my printables, be sure to head over to my blog – I have a ton of fun Valentine’s printables, like this memory book that I created for my girls to keep their yearly valentines in:
Hope you are all having a Happy New Year so far, and I’ll see you again next month!
Thanks again Sarah and don’t forget to check out her blog, Becoming Martha, for more printables and great ideas.