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This grocery list template is just the thing to make your shopping list less dreaded. But I’ve got another trick that makes it even easier!

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.

Time to Make a Plan

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.

Don’t get me wrong!  Those things are totally worth it.

(Especially when they mean you can grocery shop for a family of seven for less than $700 per month…paper and cleaning products included!!)

So sure, the extra work to create a grocery list 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 using a grocery list template.

Use a Grocery List Template in A New Way

This free, editable grocery list template is going to make your life easier! Get a simple printable sheet you can save and use over and over again.

 

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).

Free Grocery List Template

Begin 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?

Some food items probably come right to mind!  These are thing you have to buy on nearly every single shopping trip.

Write these things down.  (But if something comes to mind that you only buy occasionally, do not add that to this 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 https://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

Now that you have your list, you can get started on your own printable grocery list template!

To keep things simple for you, I’ve pulled together two grocery list templates.  All you need to do is save a copy of the template.

Then take the list you created earlier (remember the instructions above?) and use it to fill in the blanks on your own free printable grocery list template!

Prefilled Grocery List Template

In the first one, I prefilled the list with some of the items my own family uses regularly.  Use this list to help you brainstorm your own ideas.  (Consider it a jump start on your own list!)

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 that link.  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!

These last minute dinner ideas will give you some inspiration for the rest of your list!

Last Minute Dinners

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

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