How to prepare the perfect Shopping List

Planning anything starts with documentation

How to prepare the perfect Shopping List

Planning anything starts with documentation; just as you really should start off your day with a to-do list, having a shopping list before you unleash in all your shopping glory is essential. A list helps you cut shopping time, save cost and ensure that you don’t forget essential things. Have you ever set out to go shopping only to end up with items you probably still have in stock or even worse, items you absolutely do not need? If you can relate, then you want to read this article.

A well-planned out and organized list helps you make responsible purchases. The things you include in your shopping list should depend entirely on you and what you need to stock up on. However, regardless of the specifics, keeping your list tightly organized before setting out to make any purchases will help ensure you make the best choices.

Here’s a list of the top five things to consider when making your list;

 1.      Start with the same basic list of all your essentials
Throughout your day-to-day living, you should have a "to-buy" list tacked someplace central in your home. If you notice you're out of, or running low on something you'll need, make a note of it on the list. Done in this way, you won't have to stress out about remembering all the things you need to buy. Giving yourself the maximum amount of time to plan will give you the highest chance of remembering everything you need.

2.      Group your items by type
Group the items by dairy items, meats, fruit and vegetables, cleaning, etc. This helps you ensure that nothing is left out. It is usually easy to forget some essential items, especially those that don’t require you replacing often.
You don’t want to be in the middle of cooking a special meal only to realize you are out of something as basic as salt or special seasonings you use.

3.      Draw up your grocery list by meal recipes
Use the recipes for the meals you cook often and use these recipes to draw up your list of ingredients. Separate them into the perishable and imperishable items. The imperishable ones can go into storage and as such can be bought periodically in quantities, while the perishables would require you to purchase as at when needed. Draw up a schedule to plan your cooking so you don’t find yourself running back and forth from the store each time you need to cook.

4.      Audit of your store to determine what’s depleted or almost depleted and rewrite your list
Go through your refrigerator, freezer and pantry, to see what items you already have and if they are in the quantities you need. You don’t want to be that person that ends up having half used boxes of different items scattered across your cupboard. If you do your purchasing monthly, ask yourself how much of each item you need to have in stock to get through the month, this would help you decide whether the item needs restocking or not. Note the quantities required beside each item, so you don’t buy more than you need for the period.

5.      Type and rewrite your list
Once you’ve gotten everything you plan to buy written down, you’ll probably want to rewrite your list so it is more readable and better organized. You can either type it up or just rewrite it on a new sheet of paper. If you’re making the list for someone else and your writing is chicken scratch, please type it up. Consider using a planner or an app on your device to make it easy for you to update regularly month on month.

At Easyshop Easycook, we work with you to ensure you never run out of supplies and can focus on your business or career. We work with your list to bring the market to your doorstep just by a click of a button.

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