Having a well-planned grocery list gets you in and out of the store quickly and helps you stick to your healthy eating plan.
What is a Master Grocery List?
A master grocery list is pretty much exactly what it sounds like… a list of food and household items that you frequently buy with space to write down additional items that you may need. Think of it as a head start on making your grocery list, because instead of taking time to write everything down from scratch, your list already contains things that are staples for your family.
Why You Need a Grocery List?
1.To Reduce Impulse Purchases
How many times do you go to the grocery store without a list and end up with 10 things that you didn’t need in your cart? If you have kids, it’s probably every. single. time.
But shopping from a list, and ONLY buying those things on the list that you need, can help you save money by reducing the number of impulse items that you buy. My husband and I challenged ourselves to only shop from a grocery list a few months back, and our grocery expense went down by a whopping 20% that month!
2. To Save Time and Make Shopping Easier
There’s nothing worse than spending an hour grocery shopping only to get home and realize that you forgot to buy a key ingredient for that night’s dinner… so you have to spend another half hour going back to the store to pick it up or rifle through your pantry to find a substitute.
But a master grocery list can save you time by reducing the number of trips you have to make to the store! And, since you have an already-done-for-you grocery list, you won’t have to spend time each week writing one out from scratch.
How to Create Your Own Master Grocery List
Creating your own master grocery list to refer to again and again is easy… just follow these steps:
Step1: Go through your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and write down a list of staples.
Step2: Organize your list into categories.
Step3: Transfer all of your grocery staples to a shopping list template.
Step4: Print multiple copies of your master grocery list or just one copy to laminate.
Things to Include on Your Grocery List
Of course your grocery list will be specific to your family’s tastes and dietary restrictions, but here are some ideas of what to include on your list to get you started:
Canned and Dry Goods (Vegetables, Pasta Sauce, Cereal...)
Baking Ingredients (Salt, Sugar, Flour, Baking Powder...)
Herbs and Spices (Seasoning, Chili Powder, Cinnamon...)
Dairy (Eggs, Milk, Coffee Creamer, Butter, Cheese...)
Meat and Seafood (Chicken, Beef, Lunch Meat, Fish…)
Fruits and Vegetables (Apples, Berries, Broccoli, Corn…)
Frozen Items (Chicken Nuggets, French Fries, Ice Cream…)
Household Items (Paper Towels, Dish Soap, Trash Bags…)
Personal Care Items (Body Wash, Shampoo, Deodorant…)
Use these lists and in just a few minutes, you'll have a blueprint for a cart full of groceries that won't bust your budget or diet.
Grocery List template can be edited and customized with PDF Reader Pro: in this way you can directly print and use our lists, or even add your own product categories to make the list more suitable for your usual purchases.
Filling out the Grocery List template with PDF Reader Pro is easy, here are the instructions for how to type into the editable grocery list:
Step1. Download Grocery List template and PDF Reader Pro on your computer (if you don’t already have it). It’s FREE to download;
Step2. Open the Grocery List template using PDF Reader Pro;
Step3. Type your shopping list into the document. You can even change the headings on the colored version;
Step4. Press “Save” so that your list saves to your computer;
Step5. Print out your cute shopping list!
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