This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Straight Up™ Tea and Albertsons Companies. The opinions and text are all mine.
Do you sometimes find yourself dazed and confused in the aisles of a grocery store and wonder, “What am I even doing here? What am I getting? Why are there so many brands of pasta sauce? Who am I, even?” Then, you proceed to throw a bunch of stuff in your cart and, $230 later, return home, only to order take-out every night that week because you somehow have nothing to make?
Making an organized grocery list is one of the biggest ways I was able to take control of healthy eating and cooking at home, as well as save money (and, inevitably, precious, precious time). I’m methodical about making it, and I love my weekly ritual of sitting down with my cookbooks, sipping on a delicious cold beverage (like Sorta Sweet Straight Up™ Tea- yum!), and planning out my meals. It makes me feel prepared and relaxed for the next week.
So, I’m going to share with you my tips and routine for making an organized grocery list.
1. Always know what you have and what you need.
Easier said than done, right? Between work, being a mom, owning a house, trying to exercise consistently… I just don’t have space in my brain for all that! That’s why I keep two running lists at all times on my refrigerator: one with what I have (in the form of a weekly menu), and one with what I need.
The “what I have” menu is written on a magnetic whiteboard and lists all the meals I have. This includes everything from planned meals for the week to random extra freezer meals I have lurking about to – yes – shortcut meals in my pantry like boxed mac and cheese. This way, when I’m tired at the end of the day and don’t feel like thinking, I can look at the options that are available instead of ordering a pizza. After finishing a meal, it’s erased from the whiteboard.
The “what I need” list is where I write things – IMMEDIATELY – when they run out or are running low. Olive oil, milk, butter, spices… everything that I use on a regular basis I add to this list. It’s also where I put meals that I want to make for the next week if I have a sudden inspiration. I keep a pen right next to it in a magnetic wire box, which is where I keep my coupons, too.
You will use both of these lists when making your grocery list (keep reading to find out how)….