I stood at the pantry door and sighed in frustration.  I’d already run out of eggs and peanut butter, but was doing ok without them.  But now I was out of cereal (my go-to plan for when there’s “nothing to eat”) and laundry detergent, too.

It was time to face the fact that I had to do some grocery shopping.

But going grocery shopping ceased to be a quick trip long ago.  No, these days we have to meal plan, cut coupons, and write a detailed grocery list before we even leave home.  It’s the only way to keep the grocery budget in check.

Incidentally, doing at least a bit of each of those things has saved my family a ton of money over the years.  It’s one of those “practice makes perfect” things where you tweak what you’re doing until you’ve found the right balance of extra work to extra benefits.

Totally worth it when you learn how to grocery shop for a family of seven for less than $700 per month (paper and cleaning products included).

But before I had this figured out, all that extra work made grocery shopping one of the more dreaded chores on my list of to dos.  Sure, the extra work is worth it in the end.  But does it have to be so tedious?

Trust me, I felt that way for a long time.  But then I stumbled upon a simple trick.  Before I share that with you, consider this…what if you already had half of the job finished ahead of time?

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It’s a very simple step I like to call the standard grocery list.

Use a Grocery List Template in A New Way

You'll Be On the Ball With This Free Grocery List Template. We all dread making a grocery list. But what if it was already halfway done? This free grocery list template will do just the trick!

I’m willing to bet that like me, you’re a creatures of habit.  For example, maybe you tend to buy the same foods week after week.

Think about it.  Any time there is a major storm coming, it becomes obvious that most of us need to keep milk, eggs, and bread in the house.  (That, or storms really bring out a craving for French Toast!)

But there are probably other things your family expects to have on hand most of the time.  Every family has their own habits and favorite foods.  And as CEO of the family (you probably also go by “Mom”), you know what those favorites tend to be.

We aren’t talking about visiting Pinterest for new, exciting recipes to try.  We’re talking about writing down the foods that your family happily eats every week, or even every single day.

Some Prep Work 

Grab a pen and paper (or open an app if you’re a tech savvy kind of person).

You'll Be On the Ball With This Free Grocery List TemplateBegin in the Kitchen

First, step into your kitchen and look around.

  • What do you nearly always have on hand?
  • Are there foods that you eat regularly?
  • What are ingredients you always reach for?

If this brings to mind items that you have to buy at every single shopping trip, put them on your list.  And if you need them nearly every time, put them on your list.  (But if you only buy them occasionally, do not add them to this particular list.)

Take a Walk (Use Your Imagination)

The next thing to do is close your eyes and mentally enter your grocery store.  What do you grab in the produce section?  In the meat and seafood aisles?  Etc.

How to create a standard grocery list. Find free printables and more at http://www.mediumsizedfamily.com/save-time-by-making-a-standard-grocery-list/Think about these sections of the store:

  • produce
  • deli
  • bakery
  • baking
  • breakfast foods
  • canned and boxed foods
  • meat and seafood
  • condiments
  • baking
  • snacks
  • drinks
  • frozen foods
  • dairy foods
  • snacks
  • pets
  • babies
  • paper products
  • cleaning
  • personal care

Fill in the Gaps

Now keep this list handy for the next few days.  As you cook and eat, keep an eye out for foods that you use frequently.

Printable Grocery List Templates

To keep things simple for you, I’ve pulled together two grocery list templates.

Prefilled Grocery List Template

In the first one, I prefilled the list with some of the items my own family uses regularly.  Check out this list to help you brainstorm your own ideas.

You can download your own Microsoft Word document of grocery list template here.

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Grab a Google Doc of the grocery list template instead.  Simply click, then go to “File”, select “Make a Copy” and type whatever name you’d like to title your list.  Then you’re free to make any changes you’d like.

Blank Grocery List Template

Or start from scratch with a blank copy.

You can download your own Microsoft Word document of grocery list template here.

-or-

Grab a Google Doc of the grocery list template instead.  Simply click, then go to “File”, select “Make a Copy” and type whatever name you’d like to title your list.  Then you’re free to make any changes you’d like.

Save Your Template

Once you have created your standard grocery list using the list of items you buy regularly, you can make copies of it or save it to your computer.

The next time you need to hit the grocery store, print off a new copy.  Write down only what special items you need for this particular shopping trip.  You’re ready to go!

This grocery list template will save you a ton of time!

The next time you are out of everything (even cereal!), you can relax.  Your planning for the next big grocery trip is already halfway done!

What kind of items would you put on your standard grocery list?

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