How do you organize your grocery shopping? I typically start by thinking of some meals ahead of my trip to the supermarket (generally our 2-3 next dinners), then type down the list of ingredients needed on the note section of my phone (I used to write everything on a sticky note that I left on my fridge but I would either forget it on the fridge or loose it…).
This is, I guess, better than going to the supermarket without having any ideas of what to get and just improvise, but still this is not optimal. I find that there is always something missing…hence my almost daily runs to the supermarket that drive my husband crazy.
A maybe smarter way to shop and maintain a well-stocked pantry is to adopt a reverse shopping list, meaning you start by listing all the things you typically buy, and then figure out what else you need.
The first step is to create your staple list. One way to it is to keep your latest grocery bills and then just see what you buy on a regular basis.
Food52, who’s been killing it lately, has a link to a blank spreadsheet that is already conveniently organized into categories (produce, dairy, bakery etc…). I use the cells under each day to write down the meal I am planning on that day and the ingredients I wouldn’t already have.
Here’s what my list looks like: my grocery list
I keep a few printouts in my kitchen. All I need to do then is that ahead of my main weekly grocery shopping trip is:
- look at the my staple items that need to be renewed and highlight them on my spreadsheet
- plan some meals ahead and write down the specialty items needed for each day
With this new grocery shopping strategy, my hope is to become more efficient at the supermarket (instead of wandering the aisles trying to remember what I need) and also reduce waste in general.
I’d love to hear: do you have any strategy when it comes to grocery shopping or are you an improv shopper?