Something that I've been doing for years, even though we haven't had children at home for a long time, is meal planning & a detailed grocery list. Recently I added a Shopping/Errands list that has been invaluable. I was planning to share these 2 lists with you in a "rtf" format that you could copy if you wanted, but haven't been able to do that. If after looking at the photos & hearing my explanation, you would like to have these 2 forms to update to your own specifications, I think I could successfully email them to you. Maybe just showing a couple of photos of them, might inspire you to put one together on your computer that would totally reflect where & how you shop. Here are pics of these 2 lists. I have sized mine to fit my daytimer which is 5 x 8 1/2 (this allows me to get 2 forms per page landscape style). I simply print these 2 lists back-to-back, make a bunch of copies, then cut them apart & punch holes. If you are more techno-minded, this could easily be left on your computer & just printed out when you are ready to go shopping.
My grocery store of choice is Walmart, because we have 3 Super Centers in our town & they have started carrying more organic & healthier choice items that we like. My list reflects how items are grouped in the store, rather than aisle-by-aisle which could change too often. As you can see, I've pre-printed quite a few items in each category that I purchase on a regular basis, so I can just circle those & still have space to add any extras. Doing this really helps me to not forget things; because as much as I enjoy cooking, I do not enjoy shopping for the food.
I plan menus for 2 weeks at a time and only shop every two weeks. Of course, I have to go back one extra time to get additional fresh produce, but that can be a super quick trip. My list fits on this little clipboard & I've taped on an envelope for coupons.
I have tried over the years to go paperless, but I just like jotting things down or being able to add a little sketch of something I might want to look for when I'm shopping. As for the Shopping/Errands List, I have listed every store in our town that I might ever shop in & tried to leave plenty of room for scratching off & adding to it. As you can see, I've given Joanne's & Michael's extra space! The key to making the list work for you is to remember to take it with you. After I've finished my grocery shopping for the 2-week period, I may or may not carry the clipboard for any other shopping. I usually just fold up my list, paper clip any coupons for my favorite stores onto the list & tuck it into my purse.
Again, I realize a lot of you are much more into the current technology than I am & this may seem ridiculously simplistic. I agree, it is super simple but it works for me & might just work for you. I would be very happy to email one or both lists to anyone who wants them. Please email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org & specify which list you want. I'll try to check often & get them sent to you.
Now I'm off to start the cutting process of quilts I'm making for 2 of my grandchildren for Christmas. Thank you for stopping by & come back soon.
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