Wednesday, March 7, 2007

WFMW: The Kitchen Edition

Well, I've trying to think of something since Monday to contribute to "The Kitchen Edition." And, I decided that I have either nothing to contribute or my little "tricks" are so ingrained that I don't recognize them as anything spectacular! *wink*

But here is one little thing I noticed last night as I did my grocery shopping. I used to need serious help organizing my grocery shopping list. And, since I've used three different grocery stores in the last 3 years (all of which were organized completely differently), it became a problem to remember everything and where it was.

So, I took to the aisles of a particular grocery store for about 10-15 and took notes! I wrote down (roughly) what was found in each aisle. I then went home and made up an Excel file where each column was a particular aisle. (One of mine is shown here. It's hard to read but you get the idea.)

So, during the week, I write on my list things we run out of. Come Tuesdays (my grocery day), I put everything into the correct column on my Excel sheet. And then when I get to the store, my list is in the order I will walk through the store! It inadvertently keeps me on budget since I fold the list in three's to fit on my coupon organizer so each "third" should come up to about $20-25 to hit my weekly grocery budget of $65-70.

That works for me! Go to Shannon's site for more ideas to streamline your kitchen-related problems.


Mayhem & Miracles said...


I just wanted to stop by and check your site and thank you for dropping by mine. You have such a beautiful blog photo! I am going to enjoy reading a bit of it now!

Sandy said...

I am checking out your site for the first time! I plan to read more ...
Like your organized grocery list. I go to different stores though.
We have a lot in common when it comes to cooking, canning, reading, writing, outdoors .. but my kids are older:)
Happy Day!

Beth/Mom2TwoVikings said...

Thanks for the comment about my blog banner photo. My hubby took it! In the next few weeks, we'll be opening a at-home business selling more of his work! That photo also current hangs in our living room!

Denise said...

I like your organized grocery list.

Mom2fur said...

I like the idea of organizing your list in columns, instead of one long list! There are a few people talking about organizing lists by aisles in the store here at WFMW, but I'm not sure I've seen anything done like this. Very smart!

lady of value said...

Hey Beth! I try to organize my list as well, it sure makes shopping go quicker doesn't it! I go to different stores as well, so I make 2 lists and it works great! I'm in and out of the store quickly. Do you make weekly menus? I tried to, but it doesn't work out too great for me because I never follow it! Have a great day:)