Tutorial Tuesday {shopping list}

by Hope Sewell on January 17, 2012

in Organizing

Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday!!
It’s something new here at Seasons with the Sewells!!  Hopefully, there will be a new “how-to” post each week or at the very least once a month.  Maybe a craft, recipe, kid project, organizational tool or maybe just something as simple as how to make cheese grits!!  😉  (AHS, that’s for you!)

What’s up first??
The shopping list.

Now from what I can tell, you either enjoy grocery shopping or hate it.  I personally don’t mind doing my grocery shopping.  However, I will say that there are a couple of contributing factors to an enjoyable shopping experience.

{1} Your store’s atmosphere.  Nobody enjoys a store that’s crowded with rude people, looks like someone’s been mud fighting on the floor, or has plain ol’ bad customer service.

{2) Being organized and having a plan.  Little is worse than getting all the way home and while you are unpacking your bags you realize that you have forgotten a main ingredient to a meal for that week.  In all reality, that sometimes happens to me even when I DO have a list but hopefully it will reduce the risk of such tragedy.


So how do I make my shopping list?
Well, there is always list running on my fridge.  It fills up quickly with the things we run out of or know that we need to pick up the next time we go.
Then I take that list and grab one of these

I transfer everything from the “fridge list” to this list that I have created and then I begin working on a menu.  I’ll share about my way to menu plan in the near future.  I’ve been doing something a little differently with that this year and so far, it has been life changing for me.  So I can’t wait to share it with you.

I like having my list broken down into categories/department rather than a long list in no certain order.   It just helps me to keep my mind straight.  Sometimes grocery shopping, juggling children and thinking clearly all at the same time can be quite a task.

I also like having a place to list my coupons.  Are you a coupon-er??  I seem to be on and off with couponing.  Due to the coupon extremists, it’s been a little tougher to find coupons.  Plus, I don’t buy a great many boxed or processed foods due to our dietary restrictions.  However, with all of that said I did have a particularly good couponing trip this last go around.  So it’s sort of hit and miss. Here is how I mark my coupons (I hand write this of course)
2/1 Huggies= $2 off 1 box of Huggies diapers.  If there are any specifications for the product I make note of that as well…kind of created my own form of short hand.
75/1 Emerald Nuts= .75 of 1 thing of Emerald Nuts

If I have more than one of the same coupon I’ll mark it with a “x2“.

I also place (c) next do the coordinating item on my list.  Sometimes the coupon deal isn’t always the best price.  So I like to be able to do some quick mental math to make sure I’m paying the least amount possible for an item….unless I’m brand sensitive on a particular thing.

  If you aren’t a coupon-er, here is a version of my shopping list for you.  Instead of a coupon category, it has a place for writing your menu.  Which I find very handy because it just helps again to make sure no needed item is forgotten.  I usually make notes about my menu on the back….

Well, I hope this little tutorial helps you to get organized and to tame the beast of grocery shopping.
Want one of your own??
Print the shopping list with menu
Print the shopping list with coupon option


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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Melanie January 20, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I use coupons alot, so having a space for those is great. Glad to have you at Things I’ve Done Thursday!



Jenn/Rook No. 17 January 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your talent and tips on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17! Looking forward to seeing what inspirations you’ll share tomorrow!
Warmest wishes,


Sarah January 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

Thanks for sharing your post on Dwell on Joy! It’s nice to meet you! Come by again soon to visit or share again THIS Friday! Have a great week!


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