Printables are all the rage right now, so I thought why not create a printable grocery shopping list for my readers?
I don't know about you, but when I go to the grocery store, I need a shopping list. I've tried going without one, and let's just say I get myself in trouble every time.
We have a pretty strict grocery budget at our house, so I try to stick to what we absolutely need for the week. Then if the budget allows, I'll throw in a little treat for the kids.
Different Ways to Create Your Grocery Shopping List
List Product Sections
Everyone likes their list differently. This printable shopping list I've created has sections for fruit & veggies, meats, side dishes, drinks, and more. Yes even a section for condiments and sauces. (I don't know about you, but seems like I'm always buying mayo, ketchup, salad dressing and the like!) If you don't see an area that you need you can always add your must-get items in somewhere.
List According to Your Store's Layout
This is how I actually create my grocery list, but it's hard to make a printable grocery shopping list like this because every store is different. When I write my list, I go over in my mind where every item is located in the store. Then I basically write it out by aisle (or section)- fruits and veggies, then meats, then dairy, etc. As I think of what is needed for the next week's menu, I work my way around the store (in my mind) and get everything listed in order.
It really does make for a much easier and quicker shopping trip. Everything is already laid out in order, and we (hubby and I) simply go down the aisles and load up at a fairly quick pace. That is, if we don't have the kids with us.
Other Benefits to Using a Shopping List
Using a shopping list when you grocery shop helps keep the costs down, but only if you stick to it! If you're focused on only getting items that are on the list (usually only what's needed), then you won't have a lot of impulse buys that are usually things that look good at the moment. I always try to remind myself that I have a budget to stick to, and if there's a little left at the end of the shopping trip, then we can go back and pick up a treat.
I also like using a shopping list because I can keep track of how much I'm spending on the back. Yup, I'm old school. I just bring a pen and keep track of costs as I go along.
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Hope you like this printable shopping list. Do you have another kind of printable you'd like to see here? Let me know in the comments, I'll see what I can do to help!