I hate waste. Writing a grocery list each week, just to throw it out and then writing out the same thing the next week – it just doesn’t seem efficient. So I made a reusable grocery list:
The list includes things I regularly buy and space to add one-off items. It’s ordered in the layout of my local supermarket – no more back-tracking at the supermarket (over and over!).
I typed it up in a word processor (you can download it here and edit it to suit your family), printed and then laminated it. I don’t have a laminator, so used self-adhesive laminate sheets. The list is half an A4 piece of paper (so A5), and is the perfect size for my handbag.
There are magnets on the back to stick it to the fridge. I attached a magnet to the lid of a Staedtler Lumocolor 316 non-permanent pen and keep that next to it so anyone in the family can easily add to the list. It also helps me see when the list is growing and it’s time to head to the supermarket!
One added bonus: it prompts me to run through the common things we buy and add them to the list if they’re running low. I feel much more organised and in control and much less likely to forget the weekly staples.
When I’m at the shops, I wipe things off as I put them in my trolley and it’s easy to see I’ve got everything (although I do end up with a green finger!).
And the paper clip is for vouchers or coupons, or anything else I need to remember to take to the shops!
There are phone apps that do the same thing, and allow multiple people to share lists, but something about the manual way just works for me. And I don’t end up with random scraps of paper and old envelopes filling up my handbag!
How do you organise your shopping list?