After back-tracking to a previously visited aisle for a forgotten item way too many times, I decided I needed to do something to make my trips to the grocery store more efficient. I have two stores I visit regularly, and usually half of my list is made up of items I purchase every time(milk, etc.)
So here's what I did: I went to the two stores, and wrote down each aisle number in order, along with general category words for each one (paper products, frozen foods, etc.). I then compiled this info in a Word document and underneath each aisle heading, I listed the staples I buy frequently. I put a small line next to each of those items, so I could place an "X" there as I'm doing my meal planning, rather than writing down the same items over and over. Then, I included a few blank lines beneath the list of staples so I can add other items as needed.
Here's a sample of what it looks like:
(Aisle) 8 baking supplies
__ chocolate chips
__ flour __ sugar
__ brownie mix
__ cake mix
This has been so helpful to me. It hasn't completely eliminated that pesky back-tracking, but it has greatly improved it!
Any other ideas on what works for you with shopping for groceries?
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