As I’ve mentioned before, I am a huge proponent of menu planning; for a multitude of reasons, one of them being the money it saves.
Once I finish my menu planning for the week, then comes the making of the grocery list.
I pull out a sheet of paper (old-school, I know) and make 3 columns: FRIDGE, FREEZER & PANTRY. I go through each meal on my calendar and write it’s ingredients in it’s corresponding storage column. By doing this, everything I need to make everything I have planned for the week is now on my list.
Next, I go through each the fridge, freezer and pantry and check for what I already have and what I need. If I have it, it gets crossed off, and if I need it, it gets circled. Once I’ve gone through all three places, I make my grocery list from the circled items.
I do make the list on my phone, so I’ve safely exited the stone age and am now back in the beautiful digital age.
It’s not rocket science, but it’s a nearly fool-proof way to make sure that you get what you need on your list.