Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Making Lists

Since a few people asked, here is how I organized my grocery list. I can look at it and check to see what I need and then mark on the list for the next time I go shopping. This is also a master list that I can easily change. I also am carrying a version of this list that helps me know what vegetables and fruits are best to purchase organic. I'm still working on how best to budget etc. but I like the organization that having master lists encourages. :)

I've made a slight return to couponing - just clipping the ones that I know I'm most likely to use. I do buy some things in bulk at Costco (as I have previously mentioned, I love the quality of their products!). We are currently eating quite a bit from the pantry and I'm still figuring out how best to organize that and keep track of what we have. I'm also looking into a local food co-op (thanks, Kelly!) and hoping to order a few things through them.

PANTRY STAPLES
PRODUCE:
- Onions
- Garlic
- Potatoes
- Carrots
- Peppers
- Cucumbers
- Broccoli
- Salad Greens
- Seasonal Fruits & Veg

CONDIMENTS:
- Olive Oil
- Canola Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- White Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Mayonnaise
- Yellow/Dijon Mustard
- Ketchup
- Salsa

DRY GOODS/BAKING:
- Flour (WW & White)
- Yeast
- Sugars
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
- Cornstarch
- Honey
- Maple Syrup
- Vanilla Extract
- Cornmeal
- Nuts
- Dried Fruit
- Oatmeal
- Grits
- Cream of Wheat

PASTA/BREAD
- Rice
- Pasta
- Couscous
- Bread
- Crackers
- Tortillas

SEASONINGS:
- Salt
- Pepper
- Dried Herbs & Spices

CANNED GOODS:
- Canned & Dried Beans
- Canned Tomatoes
- Tomato Sauce
- Tomato Paste
- Refried Beans
- Chicken/Veg/Beef Broth

DAIRY:
- Milk
- Eggs
- Cheese
- Plain Yogurt
- Butter

BEVERAGES:
- Coffee
- Teas

FROZEN:
- Peas
- Spinach
- Corn
- Green Beans
- Lima Beans

MEATS:
- Chicken
- Beef
- Fish

EXTRAS
- Cereal
- Jelly
- Fresh Herbs
- Lemons
- Limes
- Bacon
- Sausage
- Ham
- Juice
- Baking Chips
- Flavored Yogurt
- Sour Cream
- Cream Cheese
- Heavy Cream/1/2 & 1/2
- BBQ Sauce
- Tortilla Chips
- Pretzels
- Cereal Bars
- Dried Fruit Bars
- Granola Bars
- Ice Cream
- Diet Coke

HOUSEHOLD:
- Toilet Paper
- Kleenex
- Paper Towel
- Napkins
- Dishwasher Detergent
- Laundry Detergent
- Wax Paper
- Aluminum Foil
- Plastic Wrap
- Lunch/Storage Bags
- Trash Bags
- Light Bulbs
- Batteries
- Dog Food
- Cleaning Supplies
- Shampoo/Conditioner
- Toothbrush/Paste
- Deodorant
- Contact Solution
- Soap
- First Aid

Please take this for what it's worth. Everyone's list will look different - I'm not saying this is *the* right way, simply that this is what I'm doing. :)

1 comment:

Jodee Leader said...

I love your master grocery list! I have one too:

http://followtheleaders.blogspot.com/2008/08/menu-plan-monday.html

It is so nice never having to start a new list. We just check the items as we run out of them! I couldn't live without it!