How to write a grocery list

How to write a grocery list

Writing a grocery shopping list is easy, isn’t it?

To the inexperienced or ineffective shopper writing a grocery list, may seen simple. Just jot down what you need to buy and off you go.

Actually though, in order for your grocery list to enable you to minimise your shopping time, achieve the best value for money and purchase exactly what you want, your grocery shopping list will need a little thought, planning and time. In the long run this will save you time, money and effort


Step 1

Know your store

Whether you shop at a small local store, a market or a large supermarket, knowing the basic layout of the store is vital. This means that you can order your list to follow the store’s layout.

Remember though that any store’s layout could change, from time to time, so keep a note of any changes.

Step 2


A visit to the store, or stores, of your choice may be a good idea. If you try and do this when you are shopping you may miss some important information.

Armed with a small computer notebook, or a basic jotter in which you can write notes, plan a leisurely visit to the shops. Taking your time now will save you time and money when you actually go shopping.

Take a note of what items are in which aisles. perhaps a basic sketched layout of the store will help. Either way try to achieve a basic aisle and floor plan of the shop from entrance to exit. Remember to include items such as those near the tills or in a separate booth.

It may be as well to let the customer service desk know what you are doing in case the store’s security personnel think that you are up to no good.

Step 3

Starting a list

Now that you have all the information that you need you can draw up a useful grocery list. This can be typed and printed from a computer, or hand written. The bonus with a computer generated list is that you can update it regularly and print off new copies when necessary.

Using headings that are derived from the aisles, such as Frozen Vegetables and Confectionery. Leave enough space under each heading for you to write or type in the shopping that is needed.

Step 4

Using your grocery list and shopping

Ideally a well thought out grocery list should help to save you time and money. Before you go shopping check what supplies you actually need to buy. It is a good idea to have your groceries stored in your cupboards in «use by» date order. You do not need to be obsessive about it but some order will be useful. This will enable you to use your groceries in good time and avoid waste. It will also enable you to see at a glance what you need to buy.

Think about your daily menus for the next week, fortnight or month. Many shoppers have a big shop on such a basis, and smaller shopping trips in between.

Fill in the parts of your grocery list where the goods you need to buy are located. If you know of any special offers, or have money back coupons, make sure that these are noted and, or, attached to your completed grocery list.

Once you have created your basic grocery list amendments will be easy to make and you will soon get into the routine detailed above. You will probably be surprised at just how effective this grocery list is and how much money you can save.

Step 5

Incorporate some flexibility

It may be that a particular brand, which you always buy, has increased in price, or is simply out of stock. Try to incorporate some flexibility into your grocery shopping list.

With the current global financial crisis the price of groceries is constantly changing. Perhaps now is the time to be adventurous and try the store’s own brand products?

Things Needed
• Common sense.
• A flexible approach
• The layout of the shop or supermarket.
• Alternative choices of groceries.
• A computer, computer notebook or simply a notepad and pen.
• Paper.

Tips & Warnings
• Stores and supermarkets change their layouts occasionally


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