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Grocery List Template

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sooooo...... I just did a SparkPeople Radio interview and said I would put a template in for my grocery list. Well, it just figures that SparkBlogs don't let you upload documents. So I've done the next best thing and copied and pasted my grocery list here. Now the whole world gets to see our menu for this month. :-)

A few things to note:
1. Yes, I'm uber-organized. Call me OCD, if you'd like, but this makes menu planning and getting in and out of the store as quick and easy as possible for me.
2. My grocery list consists of two pages with two columns each. I need it this big, since I only do my "big shopping" once a month. I've indicated below what goes on which column.
3. In the radio interview I said that I shopped every 2 weeks. That was then, this is now. There used to be 9 people in our household and we got paid in the beginning and middle of the month. Now there are, on average, 4 people in the household and I get my portion of the household budget once a month. I'd rather just get it over in one fell swoop. (Side note- When I was shopping twice a month for 9 people, the grocery portion of the list was still about this same size. Can you imagine doing this every-other week?)
4. This is not the ONLY grocery buying I do. It's the stuff I can foresee needing at this point. We run out of fruit, milk, eggs, etc, and I have to run back to the store for them throughout the month.
5. You will note there are 15 meals planned. We typically go out for both lunch on Sundays after church, and pick my son (who is a mentally handicapped adult) up for dinner on Wednesdays (fast-food someplace where I can get a salad) before church. This leaves 22 nights in a 30 day month unaccounted for. But I've found that when I plan for every night I think we will be at home I always over-buy. It never fails: Not everyone is home, or we wind up going out for some reason, or there's a big "odds and ends" night (or two) to clear out perfectly good foods that aren't enough for a meal. (I heat it all up, set it out buffet-style, and we all dive for whatever we want before someone else gets it. Whatever doesn't get eaten gets pitched for once and for all. I've done this for years) 15 meals insures I don't overspend.
6. This list is for our local commissary. You will note I have what is on the aisle after the aisle number. After years of trying to recall which aisle the canned milk was on on, this made it easier for me to put the needed items in the right place and not be correcting my list in the store.
7. Yes, I plan on having "leftover" nights. I make enough to get us through 2 nights and then reheat the next night.
8. The numbers you'll see at the bottoms of the columns are the items in that column. I've found if I triple this, it gives me a rough estimate of how much the grocery list will cost.
9.This menu is NOT absolute! Anything is subject to change if I get to the store and see a really good deal on a healthy food. I'll scratch out something on the list and sub the better deal in.
10. Obviously, a pen comes with me and I cross items out as I put them in the cart. This makes sure I get it all. (I hate running back to the store for something I forgot!)
11. Yes, we have a pantry and a deep freeze. Without them, this much shopping would never work: The list would be shorter, and the shopping more frequent.

And now, without further ado:

Page 1 Column 1:

1.) Baked potato Bar w/
Bacon Bits
Sour cream

2.) Tuna Spaghetti w/ Angel hair and Kalamata Olives

3.) Honey Soy Marinated Tilapia
Creamy Avocado Pasta (x2)
Green beans

4.) Southwest Turkey Meatballs (to try- use canned corn and tomatoes, parsley instead of cilantro)

5.) Pizza (Frozen- Yes, I let the kids have this once a month!)

6. 7.) Taco’s (2 ground beef, 2 cheese)
Corn pudding

8.) Bean soup with ham and noodles
Bread machine wheat bread

9. 10.) Make-ahead Lasagna
Bread Machine Bread

11.) Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
White Beans, Spinach and tomatoes over linguini (to try folder)

13.) Bourbon St CP chicken (to try folder-x2)
Brown rice
Candied Carrots

14.) Easy Sweet & Sour chicken
Chow Mein noodles

15.) Sandy’s Casserole (To try folder)

Page 1 Column 2:


2 parmesan cheese
Fresh basil
5 Tomatoes
2 Onions
Large Carrots
Salad lettuce
4 baking potato
Chopped garlic
10 ounce bag spinach
2 avocados
Small iceberg

Aisle 2- (baking, sauces)

Peanut Butter- Girls
Smart balance mayo
No-Stick Spray
Baking powder
Cocoa powder
Flour- regular
Baking coconut oil
My coconut oil
Olive oil
Corn meal
Apricot jam
8 ounce bottle Russian dressing
Large sliced olives

Aisle 3- (soup, fruits, veggies, meat, Italian, milk)

Pears in fruit cups
Unsweetened applesauce
Chicken granules
1 jar spaghetti sauce
Angel hair pasta
12 ounces linguini
9 ¼ ounce tuna
2 cans diced tomatoes w/basil, garlic & oreg
2 cans white beans
Onion soup mix
Small Whole-Grain Elbow macaroni
2 large cans chicken
2 cream chicken soup
Can sliced mushrooms
2 large evaporated skim milk


Page 2 Column 1:

Aisle 4- (Ethnic, milk, rice, beans, coffee, candy, toppings)

Bag white beans
Chow mein noodles

Aisle 5- (breakfast, juice)

SF Syrup
Regular syrup
Small apple juice
Lemon juice

Aisle 6- (crackers, cookies, bars, soda, popcorn)

Fruit snacks

Aisle 7- (Snacks, chips, water, batteries, light bulbs)

Baked Chips


3 pounds lean ground beef (1, 2)
2 1/2-3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
1 ground turkey breast
12 boneless chicken thighs

Aisle 8- H&B aids-

Pain killer/anti-inflammatory
Fish oil
My shampoo
My conditioner

Aisle 9-(Baby, TP/paper towels, tape, dish)

12 Toilet Paper
Regular dish detergent


Page 2 Column 2:

Aisle 10 (laundry, cleaning, paper, pet treats)

Trash bags

Aisle 11- (deli, dog food)

Ham for soup
Turkey bacon
Lunch meat
Dog food

Back wall dairy-

1 eggs
15 ounce ricotta
Organic half and half
1 gal milk

Side wall dairy-

6 greek Yogurt
Smart balance
3 butter
1 String cheese
1 Cheddar sticks
5 C shredded cheddar (1,2, 2)
4 C shredded mozzarella (4)


green beans
Corn- small
2 broccoli
Tilapia- 2 nights


4 loaves


Easter basket Stuff


I hope this is found helpful!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I enjoyed your interview. Your success is truly inspirational! Thanks for sharing your method of grocery shopping. Well done! May you continue meeting your goals successfully. Hug, hug -- Evelyn
    1532 days ago
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    1545 days ago
    I plan meals and I am inspired to share!
    I do go once a week but we buy so many fresh veggies(we go through about 6 avocados in a week and 3 bunches of kale etc...) that I need to and #1 DS is home right now so I need to do even more of that as he is vegetarian- and to me that means he needs to eat plant based not carb based emoticon
    I know if I have a list and a plan I save money and time!
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    1548 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2014 6:09:56 PM
    I organize my grocery list the same way. We can get in and out in under 1/2 an hour this way:) No over spending and nothing off the list ends up in the cart:) Less temptation because I cannot stand running to store mid week.
    1548 days ago
  • FLYER99
    What a wonderful idea. I love sorting the list by aisles. I can never remember where items are. This is awesome. Thank you and I'm going to give this a shot because I am terrible at grocery shopping.

    When is your SparkPeople Radio interview? I download all of the podcasts in segments and I find it's easier that way than to try and listen to the full show. I find the new host is really good.

    Thanks for the list. I will refer to it often.

    Have a tremendous day!


    1549 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/28/2014 9:20:43 AM
    This is why my wife doesn't let me shop....I walk around the store and pick up things I think look cool or that we might need.

    The last time she sent me out for a gallon of milk, I came home 2 hours later with $150 bucks worth of goodies!
    1549 days ago
    I'm uber organized too. Love the list!
    1549 days ago
    Very cool. .... I'll do this some day soon and follow your model. DH tends to pick up items I already have. He loves to shop so I'm lucky cuz I don't.
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    1549 days ago
    I used to keep my list on a crumpled sheet of notebook paper, but now my local grocery store has a mobile app that lets me keep an electronic shopping list, add sales items to it from their weekly ad, and it tells me the aisles where the foods are located.
    1549 days ago
  • LEWILL1982
    That's amazing! Thanks for sharing!
    1549 days ago
    OMG, you take it to the next level!!! I applaud your organizational skills! I suppose that when you had 9 people in the house, you had no choice, and now it's second nature.

    Also, I'm coming for dinner! YUM!

    I am by myself most of the time. I usually go to the grocery store 2x per month, sometimes 3 to fill in with fresh fruits and veg. However, being only one person, I can definitely do oatmeal for dinner and no one complains! :-)
    1549 days ago
    Wow ... I have yet to master the art of meal planning ...
    1549 days ago
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