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Grocery Shopping Tips

Simple Tip: Organize Your Grocery List by Section

Although I thoroughly enjoy grocery shopping, I like to make my trips to the store quick and efficient. It's my philosophy to get in, get the goods, and get out. To ensure that my market experiences are smooth, I always put together a detailed list on a large, blank sheet of paper that's organized by section of the store.

The produce goes on one side of the paper, the dairy items on another, the dried goods on another, etc. All of the ingredients are grouped together in order of where they come in the store. Since I enter my grocer near the veggies, I start with produce. It takes a few more seconds to compile my list, but the extra time is worth it because I don't zigzag (or wander aimlessly!) through the market.

Do you have a tip for easy grocery shopping? Please share it below!

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26rosebud 26rosebud 7 years
I keep my list in the notepad on my BlackBerry. It's always with me so when I think of something I need to add to the list, it's always handy. Same goes if I make a spontaneous grocery store stop. I order the list according to the route I take through the grocery store I frequent.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 7 years
I do too and I always check the list when I am done how do I forget one thing?.....I guess because the pork products are located in 3 different parts of the store.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I do something similar to this...I keep my "staple" grocery list in my head and I always go through the store in the same order every week so I don't forget anything. If I need special ingredients for anything, I write them down and grab them when I'm in the corresponding section at the store.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I do this too all the time and I really hate it when they remodel the store and I have to learn the layout all over again.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
I have done this for years and yes, I love grocery shopping especially at Lunardi's - my all time fave grocer. I drive 35 minutes each way just to shop there. It can't be beat for meat and veggies.
weffie weffie 7 years
I've always done this too! Although, now that I get the majority of my produce delivered and stick to fake meat and fake dairy, most of my shopping is done in one aisle anyways (hurray for the Natural Foods section!)... But I'm anal enough that I still order my list according to the order the items appear from one end of the aisle to the other :)
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
..... I color code mine... I'm so OCD haha
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
Ha my mom so needs to do this. She keeps a mental list, which means running back to the x or y section when you were there ten minutes ago, buying stuff you don't need and forgetting what you did.
LeslieLaFleur LeslieLaFleur 7 years
I separate my list like this but I always miss something and have to go back and forth around the store... everytime I pass the meat department the butcher guy says, "You forgot something ELSE?"
SusanTeufel SusanTeufel 7 years
This would require remembering what aisle things are... But it is a good idea!
suziryder suziryder 7 years
I use the "Grocery IQ" app on my iphone, it does this for me automatically (plus other neato features like keeping a list of my favorite items and a list of all of my history). Definitely makes shopping more efficient!
jillybean jillybean 7 years
I do the same as you. I also put the amounts I need (like you did), because its happened that when I got to the store and went to buy something (that I am not familiar with) I didn't know how much I needed... and ended up buying too little or way too much. I love grocery shopping though - and could spend hours in the store... but I do like to be as efficient as possible, because I rarely have that much time.
Food Food 7 years
I always do this!
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