One of my most-dreaded household tasks (besides cleaning bathrooms, of course) is the weekly trip to the grocery store. It feels like it takes forever to plan the meals and prepare the list. Then I inevitably forget at least one item that we needed and find myself headed back to the store in just a few short days. Sigh.
A great solution to this weekly challenge is to create a shopping list template for your weekly trips to the store. Because it will contain all the items you frequently purchase at the grocery store (or, for that matter, any store that you regularly visit), you can use it as the starting point for your list every time you shop.
You can either make your own template of frequently purchased items (and for the super-organized among us, you could arrange the list by the layout of the store you prefer) or check out these handy downloadable templates online. I liked these:
Once you’ve got the template just how you’d like it – both in terms of shopping items and size/style – take the file to a nearby FedEx Office® location and ask them to turn it into a notepad using coil binding for you.
The notepads and templates can help you remember commonly forgotten items and should hopefully make preparing for your shopping a bit less tedious. I plan to use them in another way you might want to keep in mind. Many of our readers know that my husband and I are expecting a baby soon, and our families are more than excited about coming to visit and helping us as we adjust to life with a little one.
One of the things the “baby brigade” can do to help us is shop for groceries. Prior to their arrival, I can take the list, highlight the items that we prefer and/or most often purchase, laminate the list at a nearby FedEx Office location for a minimal cost, and then provide it for our helpful family members. As they shop, they can easily cross items off this reusable list using a dry-erase marker and it will stand the test of time (assuming they don’t leave it in the cart, which I’m prone to do).
This list will serve as a guide for them and will save my sanity when I’m running on minimal sleep and brainpower and everyone is asking, “How can we help?”