Grocery shopping is always a drag for me, so I found a way to make it a bit cheerier and a ton more efficient. I created this master grocery list in my bullet journal so I can use it again and again.

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  1. Tammy Fulmer says:

    Oh my goodness! I made and have been using my list like this forever! The only difference is mine is laminated and I left a space to write in things needed in each category at the bottom instead of the sticky notes like you have. When I’m done shopping I just erase for next time!

    1. Laminating your list is a BRILLIANT idea! What a great way to keep your list usable for ages to come.

  2. This is really cute. I would even take it a step further for my family and laminate it so that I could use a dry erase marker on it at the store, and even make it into a few pages within my planner. (oh the ideas I have now!!) Thank you for your time and effort. I really enjoyed reading this; not to mention how stinking cute you made it! Good luck with your productivity!!

    xoxo Kay

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thank you so much Kay! I love your enthusiasm and great ideas of how to make it your own. Enjoy 🙂

    2. I thought of that as soon as I read the article! Great minds, think alike!!! There are only 2 of us to shop for, but I find if I go with a list, I stick to the list! I stick to it. If I go in without a list, I will end up spending 2X what my budget was! I HATE doing that! This will REALLY help staying on budget!

      1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

        Isn’t it funny how that happens Sue?! I’m glad to hear this will be helpful for you.

  3. Sara Beth Anders says:

    You can add a column (or just a number) of the aisle it is on. I shop often enough that I know cornmeal is on aisle 5 and tortillas are on aisle 9. But this way if you have to ask a spouse, older child, friend to pick something up, they have a better idea of wear to go.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      That’s a wonderful idea to help out anyone else who isn’t familiar with where to find everything! Thanks for sharing Sara.

  4. Katherine says:

    The AnyList smartphone app is a great alternative to the waste created with paper lists or plastic tabs. As you add items, they are automatically sorted into aisles to make the shopping trip faster and easier. It also allows you to mark items as favorites so they can quickly be added to your list for the next trip! It’s also super convenient, as I can pull my phone out of my pocket/purse and add an item to the list, no matter where I’m at. AND, last bonus, I share the list with my husband so either one of us can add, edit, or cross off an item!

    For me, digital wins out in the small battle of grocery lists.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Sounds like a great option if you prefer to have a digital list, Katherine!

  5. Jo Williams says:

    I love this idea! I am undergoing treatment for cancer at the moment so need all the help I can get to battle ‘chemo-brain’ that makes me sooo forgetful. I can’t go to supermarkets at the moment but this will help me when my friends offer to get my groceries for me. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      This would really help, especially as your friends get groceries for you! Best to you as you go through this Jo.

    2. Hi, I have made my master grocery list laminated and use a dry erase marker to cross off once at the store. When I have recovered from surgeries, I could underline the items I needed and a friend could grab the list & go shop for me.
      If there were new items needed for recovery (thus not on the master list) I could just add a sticky note to it ie: a bag of ice. I hope sharing this is helpful for Jo and others.

  6. I have a fold out from the back of my journal (like those used to remind you of key symbols and colours etc) which has a list of most frequently bought items. Each week I create a page which is devided into 2 columns. Left column I write my menu for the week, then using my flip out page from back of book, mark on the right hand column of the main page beside the flip out the items I want to by just using a diagonal line. Then I can tuck that back out of the way until I go shopping. Now I have space to write to the right of the diagonals anything which is extra. No need to write out all the frequent stuff just use the flip out when at the store to see what the diagonal lines relate to and flip it out of the way to see what else to buy. Once in the trolley cross through the diagonal line the other way to show you have each item

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Sounds like a great system Heather! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Fiona Munn says:

    I have a meal idea list on computer and printed out and stuck at the back of shopping list notebook. I’ve added to it over many years. It is invaluable for the ‘blank mind’ moments while preparing a list or while in supermarket.
    Subdivided into meat types, veggie and cheap!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      It really is a life-saver from those dreaded boring dinners that become the “go-to” way too often!

  8. Being Military, I do my majority shopping at the post Commissary (Ft Campbell). I have a list of my usually items that I get and it’s organized by the isles in that store. I go shop on average every 2 weeks. So during that time, items that aren’t urgent, I outline with a box (circles run into one another and make it difficult to read). I keep this list on the fridge. I write on the back of it when I need to get things from other stores that the commissary doesn’t usually have. I had not considered putting this list in my BuJo- but it would make sense. Originally I put the list on the fridge with the idea that my hubby could mark things off- but he never does. He just tells me I need to do it (LOL). Overall I’m very new to the BuJo thing. I just started mine on 8/9/17. Putting the list in there would get one more item off the front of the fridge. QUESTION- does this list ideally last you the time of your BuJo or do you change it every month?

  9. Susan Datthyn says:

    I have a small (3×4’ish) bullet journal that I have categorized and put common/favorite meals in. I don’t include recipe directions, just ingredients and their measurements. I keep in my purse; when I need an idea or if I’m in the store and I’m trying to remember what’s in a recipe, I have it! I use it at lunch time to create a grocery list by meals/dishes, etc.

    1. Wow, that is a small journal! But what a great idea, Susan 🙂 Just being able to pop it in your purse must be so convenient! Thanks so much for sharing, I bet that will inspire someone to give that method a try!

  10. This idea is so awesome!! I hate food shopping with a passion but I think if I try something like this, I might be motivated to really think about what i’m buying and enjoy the process a little more. Thank you for posting this!!

    1. I feel the same way, AJ! Grocery shopping sucks so much, but now I find it to be a lot easier and much quicker. I can’t express how much this spread helps me get through it! Some good music doesn’t hurt, either 🙂

  11. I seriously love everything about this!!! I have a master list that I usually go off of but I never even thought of doing it in a hardback notebook and reusing it. Genious!! Totally going to get this stuff for my next shopping trip 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you enjoy it! I think I can officially say that this has been one of my top five favorite spreads of all time. I use it every time I go to the store! I hope you find that it works just as well for you when you give it a shot! 😀

  12. Just a little thought on adding to your master grocery list. Cover it with clear contact paper and use wet or dry markers like Expo or Visa V that you can purchase in office supply places.

  13. Really love this idea. I’ve toyed with several different “master” lists, but none of them have quite stuck. I’m addicted to my bullet journal. so I’m definitely going to be giving this a try!

    1. I’m glad you like it! This is a list I have come back to again and again every time I go grocery shopping. I feel like this is one of the most practical ideas I’ve ever had 🙂 I hope you find it as useful as I do! Thank you for commenting!

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