Friday, April 27, 2012

My Shopping List

My actual shopping list.

It's Friday night, time for me to start thinking about my weekly trip to Super Target to pick up groceries and what-not for the week.  Now, I'm not a very organized person in most areas of my life, but when it comes to food, I guess I am.  For, oh, I don't know, about twelve years now, I've used a Word document to store a semi-permanent shopping list.  The list contains all of my staples I purchase on a regular basis and is somewhat organized according to my route I shop through the store.  When I type it out like this, I realize how anal retentive it sounds, but it works for me, and it helps remind me of what I need because I hate getting to the store without a list and then forgetting one or more items that I have to go BACK to the store for.  It annoys me to start preparing a meal or a dessert only to realize too late that I'm missing a key ingredient.
I make changes as my kids grow and as our tastes change.  For instance, I removed "diapers" from the list a good seven years ago and have recently added gluten-free flour, which, actually probably needs to be removed for the time being.  Anyway, when it's time for a shopping trip, I just print out the list.  Then all I have to do is highlight the items I want to buy.  I also have lines at the end of each section in case I have a write-in item that I only intend to buy once.
If this sounds good to you, give it a try.  If you think I'm a complete weirdo for doing this, click on one of the yummy photos to the right.


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