A Brilliant Method for Recording a Grocery List ~ Create a very clever handy grocery list using a mind mapping organizer written on a large post-it note.
Christmas festivities are here. That means parties, special dinner and of course, Christmas baking. It also means more trips to the grocery store and if you are organized it means making grocery lists so you remember everything you need to purchase for the different activities.
Over the years I have tried all kinds of tips, tricks, styles and methods for recording my grocery lists. I have created templates on Word and printed them off on letter size paper. That was too awkward trying to track my grocery purchases on a piece of paper that really did not fit anywhere on the grocery cart. I also have to admit that I created way to many categories that the grocery list template ended up being more work than help at the end of the day. I also remember being in the grocery store and observing a clearly super organized shopper with a grocery list attached to a large clipboard. Again, it all looked too awkward and cumbersome for me. I have even tried different apps on my iPad and my iPhone. The problem with the iPad is that I really don’t want to bring such an expensive device to the store and have yet another thing to keep track off. The problem with the iPhone is that I found my eyes were too focused on this device trying to keep track of what I needed to buy and what I had bought when I really needed to focus on what I was actually buying.
I finally discovered the absolutely perfect, totally doable and user-friendly method for recording a grocery list a few months ago while waiting in line at the grocery store. I wish I had come up with this awesome idea on my own but I can’t take any credit. Let me explain.
I had stopped at a grocery store after being in the city to pick up a few items before I headed home to the small town I live in. I was in the grocery line waiting behind another grocery shopper. She was in the process of loading her groceries on the checkout stand when I noticed her method of recording a grocery list. I couldn’t help myself. I had to compliment her on her idea and asked her if I could take a picture of it with my iPhone. Isn’t this a brilliant idea?We continued our conversation and I mentioned that I had a blog about organizing and I asked her permission if I could share this brilliant idea with my blogging visitors and followers. I am pleased to say she was thrilled and consented and this has been my go-to method for keeping a grocery list ever since.
Here’s A Brilliant Method For Recording A Grocery List…
What you see is an image of a Post-it Meeting Notes Super Sticky Notes 8 in x 6 in (203 mm x 152 mm) attached to the handle of a grocery cart. Isn’t this brilliant? When the package says it is super sticky… it is super sticky. You will not lose your list during your grocery shopping expedition.
I love it because when I am shopping all I have to do is look down and refer to the list and the best part is that it is hands free for the whole shopping trip!
This is what my list looks like. When I create grocery lists I prefer to make them into a web rather than a list. I created my categories in the order of the layout of the grocery store.
I choose not to cross out items as I have placed them into the cart because having a pen or pencil is just when more thing to keep track of. What I do instead is after I have left each grocery department I quickly review each category in my grocery list to make sure I have picked up all of the needed items before I move on to the next department. There is none of this running all over the grocery store from department to department trying to make sure I have picked up every item. It really is a seamless and easy to do system for grocery shopping!
I prepare the grocery list at home on a Post-it Meeting Notes Super Sticky Note and when I am ready to head off to the grocery store I fold it in half so the sticky sides are facing each other and place it in my purse. Once I arrive at the store and pull out the grocery cart, I simply place this list onto the handlebar and proceed to shop for my groceries. I love it!
I bought the package at Staples here in Canada for about $20.00. It is pretty pricey but it was a package of 180 sheets that came in four colours. I figure it will last me for about a year so that is pretty economical. I also want to note that I do not work for this company or have not been compensated for sharing this product in this blog. I just love to share great ideas.
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What are your ideas for recording your grocery lists?
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