Does your shopping list look like this? (Sending you all over the store because nothing is in order?)
- present for Tommy's birthday
- cream of chicken soup
A few years ago, I got sick of running all over the store or forgetting things because they weren't in order. I also got tired at home of going to the pantry and realizing I was out of an ingredient that I needed for dinner.
I solved both problems with one Excel Spreadsheet: I created a printable grocery list--organized by aisle, with boxes for checking off what I needed. Under each aisle name, I listed items I frequently bought from that aisle, and left a few blanks for adding new things.
Now, as I use an item I like to keep well stocked, I check it off on the grocery list so that I know to buy more. When I plan meals, I add the ingredients I'm missing to my list. As I think of things I need throughout the week, I check them off on the list. (You get the idea.)
So, even though the things I needed were thought of in a crazy order, they are in perfect order on my list. There will be no running back and forth from aisle to aisle--just a quick trip only to the aisles I need.
I know your list will be different than mine (and if you shop somewhere other than Walmart, you aisles will be different or in a different order), but I'm giving you this editable Excel spreadsheet so that you can make it your own. Sheet 1 (Grocery List) is a blank shopping list, but if you need some ideas for what items are in each aisle, I put my shopping list on Sheet 2 (Sample Grocery List). (If you don't use Excel much, the tabs on the bottom of the screen link to two different sheets.)
Following are links to download the Excel File (GroceryListPrintable), a pdf of the blank menu (Grocery List Printable), and a pdf of the sample grocery list (Grocery List Sample). You should be able to click on the link to automatically download the files. (I'm glad I finally figured out how to provide free downloads while bypassing checkout, but I'm sad that I have no way to tell if anyone is downloading the file. If you download, please consider "liking" this page. It makes me happy to know that someone enjoys what I create! Thanks!)
I hope this helps make your shopping trips easier! Enjoy, and have a great weekend. (Yes, I do realize that my Friday Freebie is--again--not posted on Friday. I need to find a better title so that it doesn't have to be posted on Fridays!!!)
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