This free printable grocery list template will help you organize your shopping trip so you can save time and money at the store!
Going to the grocery store is a much quicker and easier process if we go in with a plan. It’s tempting just to head in and start choosing items off the shelves, but that often results in forgotten ingredients and impulse buys, which end up being a waste of our time and money.
The easiest way we’ve found to create a solid shopping plan is with a simple grocery list printable. And we just so happen to have one of those for you (in two cute color schemes!) right here in this post!
Along with sharing our pretty printables, we’ll also lay out the best way to plan a shopping trip so that you can save time, money, and frustration at the store. Keep reading to find out how!
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Why use printable grocery lists?
Printable grocery lists are really helpful for getting organized. Before we even step foot in the store, we can plan out our meals for the next week or two and make sure we have all of the ingredients for those meals written down on our list.
Printable Shopping Lists Save Us Time
When we have all of our ingredients written down (and particularly when they’re categorized like they are with our pretty printable!), we won’t waste time running from one end of the store to the other because we forgot certain ingredients.
We’ll also ensure that we have all of the food that we need, eliminating the need to spend time making extra trips to the market.
Shopping List Templates Save Us Money
When we have our meals planned out in advance, we can buy only what we need to complete those meals. We’ll waste less food, and we won’t be as likely to give into impulse buys because we know exactly what we need.
Going in with a list allows us to make less trips to the store, saving us from spending extra just because we’re there (again).
Grocery List Printables Save Us Frustration
When we have our well organized list, we’ll never again experience arriving home from the store only to realize we forgot several items and need to go back.
We won’t need to run back and forth across the store looking for items. And we won’t get to dinnertime and wonder what we’re going to make because we already have a solid plan in place.
Have we convinced you of the awesomeness of our free printable grocery lists yet? Great! Let’s grab them and make our shopping list!
Snag the Free Printable Grocery List Templates
The first step to creating an organized grocery list is grabbing our shopping list template (in 2 fun color schemes)! Download it by clicking the button below.
How do I plan my weekly grocery list?
1. Start by meal planning.
Our blank grocery list template includes space to plan up to two weeks of meals at a time. To make this process go more quickly, keep a list of your household’s favorite meals on hand and simply choose from the list each time you meal plan.
Meal Planning Quick Tip: We like to keep our calendar close by as we meal plan. Some nights are busier than others, so we’ll want to plan accordingly and make quick and easy dinners on those days. Keeping the schedule in mind while meal planning also saves us from wasting food, as we can avoid buying items for nights we know we won’t be home to eat dinner.
Another way to streamline the meal planning process is to assign a certain type of cuisine for each night of the week. For example…
- Monday: Pasta Night
- Tuesday: Taco Tuesday
- Wednesday: Grill
- Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
- Friday: CrockPot Meal
- Saturday: Soup and Sandwiches
- Sunday: Leftovers
Related: Free Printable Holiday Menu Planner
Once we have our meal planning finished, we can move on to the next step…
2. List meal ingredients by category on the organized grocery list printable.
When we create our meal plan first, it makes it really easy to add items to our grocery list! Simply go through the meals you’ve planned to make and add any ingredients you don’t have in stock to the list to purchase at the store. If you’re making a meal that you don’t have often, be sure to consult the recipe to ensure that you’ve added all necessary ingredients.
We like to complete this step while in the kitchen so we can check the refrigerator, freezer, and pantry to see what items we already have and what items we need to buy. (Or we also have free printable kitchen inventory pages that you can download to keep track of what you have on hand!)
3. Fill in the free printable shopping list with additional items for breakfast, lunches, snacks, and special events.
Once we’ve listed the ingredients we need for our planned meals on our printable grocery list, then we can go through and add any additional items. (We often have the same things for breakfasts, lunches, and snacks, so we don’t add those to the meal plan. We just put them straight onto the shopping list!)
Be sure to account for anything you’ll need for upcoming special events while you’re adding items to your list. If you are bringing an appetizer to a get together at a friend’s house or need to make a snack for your child’s class, for example, don’t forget to add ingredients for those events to the list as well.
4. Add any needed household items to your shopping list.
Finally, don’t forget to add household items to your list in the “Other” category of your shopping list printable! These can be things like…
- toilet paper
- paper towels
- trash bags
- laundry detergent
- dish detergent
If you shop at a big box store like Walmart or Target, you may also want to take the time to add needed items from other categories like clothing, home decor, school/office supplies, etc. The fewer trips we have to make to the store, the more time we’ll save!
Free Grocery Printable: Final Thoughts
In all of our many years of grocery shopping, this tried and true strategy has worked the best for us when organizing our list! Our free printable shopping list ends up saving us time, money, and frustration at the store, and we always come home with everything we need.
We hope this free printable grocery list will help make your life a little easier as well!
Free Printable Grocery List: Frequently Asked Questions
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