A while back I published my grocery list template for healthy people. Since then, the financial market has gone down the pooper and we the people of of this glorious economy can’t afford to waste money on impulse purchases and overpriced food. Thus, grocery lists should be part of every penny-pincher’s arsenal of money-saving schemes.
A grocery list could be a simple back-of-the-envelope type affair, scribbled in haste on the drive to the supermarket. But there is a better way. My grocery list template is a start, but Sarah at Lifestyles of the Organized has even more ways you can optimize your list. Here are a few gems:
- Keep your list visible at home so you can easily add to it when items come to mind.
- If you keep your pantry stocked in a particular way, add items to the list to replace those you use right after you use them so you don’t forget.
- Make your list digital for easy editing and so you can carry it with you everywhere—try a cell phone or a PDA.
Ah, but it gets better. You could also bring a pen and clipboard to the store. You might look like a dork-bot, but you’d be super efficient! You can even personalize your clipboard like Aby has on Creative Organizing.
For people like me, optimization is all about customization. So while the grocery list for healthy people is a great start, the best way to use this list is to customize it for your own food habits.
Stu of The Damp Cad sent me his version of the list. Unlike me, Stu eats meat, and it’s interesting to see how a carnivore thinks/shops/plans his food. Stu also notes that a grocery list is a window to the soul:
It reveals a healthy streak with the odd indulgence and nod to a version of myself for whom being healthy was something to be done ‘when i get older!’
By the way, if you haven’t visited Stu’s blog, go have a look right now. Stu is a London-based runner and trainer with loads of awesome things to say about running, sports psychology, training, life, goals, et cetera. Check it out!