Using a list for grocery shopping simplifies the experience. It prevents you from forgetting important items and helps prevent you from shopping for extraneous items. A template can make the process even easier, since you can organise the information in multiple ways and keep your frequently purchased items on the master copy of the list. There are several ways to create a template. You can draw one by hand, make one on the computer, or adapt an existing template found online to meet your needs.
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Things you need
Make a list of the items you buy most frequently from the grocery store. This can range from food to paper plates and napkins to magazines. Place anything you buy regularly on the list.
Place the items in categories. You can arrange the categories by item type or by location in the store. Organising the list by location may help you shop faster, since the items would be listed in the same order you shop in.
Create your template. The template should have each category along with enough spaces under the category to write down what is needed for that particular trip. You can write the template on a sheet of paper, and make copies as needed, or you can create the template in a word processing document and print copies as needed.
Tips and warnings
- Many smart phones now have grocery list applications that can be customised for your needs.
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