Next time you go to the grocery store, take a little extra time to write down the main items of each aisle, and area. When you get home, type it out in the order you shop in the store. Make copies of this and you can just check off or highlight the items you need each week. This will save time on making a list, and it will be easier to read. If you shop at several stores, make one for each store.
By kmcb59 from Leavenworth, WA
Some stores have preprinted "maps". Just ask the manager. (06/09/2009)
This one sounds good on paper, but at least in my area it would never work for many reasons.
#1---Most people around here don't do all their shopping in one store. Most of us go from Dollar Tree to Dollar General to Wal Mart to Food Lion and some go to other places as well. So we'd have to have a list for each store.
#2---Almost all the stores around here rearrange on a regular basis so the stuff is not on the same aisles every time you go in. About the only things that don't change are the deli and the refrigerated aisles. But even the things in the refrigerated aisles get moved around.
But I do use a version of your suggestion. Instead of arranging my list by aisle, I arrange it by type. Meats, fresh fruits and veggies, frozen foods, sodas, snack foods, canned veggies, pet supplies, cleaning supplies, and so on. That way it pretty much works for all the stores and for however they have rearranged the stores. (08/07/2009)
This is a great idea and 10 years ago I did type up a master list, but before you do that, check with the grocery store to see if they don't already have them printed up. In Virginia, most of your major chains have them now. (05/18/2010)
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