It’s easy to write your grocery list out of order, but you may lose a lot of time. Organizing your grocery list with the following three tips will save you time.
1. Organize by food groups
This stuff is great for big families and shopping for parties.
- Reserve sections of your piece of paper for boxes and cans, meats, fruits, vegetables, household products and sundries. This way, you will be able to follow the list in order and buy the food from each group all at the same time.
- Instead of taking broccoli and then remembering that you need onions after picking up paper towels, you can pick up everything you need in each section.
2. Plan according to the layout of the store
Knowing the layout of your grocery store is essential for efficient shopping.
- After shopping at the same location two or three times, you should start to know the location of the different types of foods.
- If you have trouble remembering it, take a few pictures on your phone the next time you go there or if you memorize better with practice, draw a map of your grocery store.
- Organize your list according to the order of the aisles and taking into account the position of frozen products and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- By memorizing the store configuration, you will be able to shop faster.
3. Make a plan based on the budget
If you have a tight budget or are just trying to reduce your grocery costs, separate your list into essentials, needed items, and small luxuries.
- The essentials sit at the top of the list; these are the items you will pick up first.
- Note the prices by choosing the items. Estimate your remaining budget as you move toward non-essential foods.
- Small luxuries pass last. These are extra snacks and desserts for you or your kids. Keep them at the end of your list to make sure you can buy the essentials first.
Organizing your grocery list is a simple and effective way to become a more efficient buyer. Now you can go back to play with the kids or work on your current project instead of running around the aisles.