A Pandemic Grocery Shopping List with Free Downloadable PDF
Get In and Get Out of the Grocery Store - Fast!
So I haven't been grocery shopping, in the old fashioned “pre-pandemic” way, in about a month! So far I’ve been able to get by, using delivery from our local grocery store and ordering online with curb side pickup. But now, for a bunch of reasons, the best option is to brave it and go to an actual grocery store. This got me thinking about how I could get in and out of the store fast, and how a good list might help me do that.
All this thinking about good shopping lists led me down some very interesting roads about how most of us spend our time and money at grocery stores. According to consumer expert Paco Underhill, author of Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping, “two-thirds of what we buy in the supermarket we had no intention of buying”. Two-thirds!!
I also discovered that grocery stores have typical layouts and of course, for a reason - they are designed to encourage impulse buying. I used a typical layout to design a grocery list template aimed for efficient shopping - no physical backtracking or wandering around! This list is all about getting it done, super boring, but efficient, grocery shopping.
Even if you don’t use paper lists, you can use the pdf to adapt your electronic lists to make for more efficient pandemic style grocery shopping. If you are looking for a good app for list making, my favourite is AnyList, for it's simplicity and ease of use.
When making your grocery list in any form, and at anytime, it helps to think about:
Listing items by location in the grocery store (by section is likely specific enough, but you can geek out and list by aisle if that's your thing)
Don’t wait to make a list just before you head out the door, keep a running list
Add items to your list before they run out
Try to get into the habit of general meal planning. I know this one is hard, but it does help to have a rough idea of your main meals for at least the week ahead
Most importantly, take the list with you :)
I’m actually enjoying not having to run to the grocery store as often as I did back in the old days. From the research I did for this post, I found groups of people who are striving to grocery shop just once a month for all kinds of reasons, mostly to save time and money, even in non-pandemic times. I don’t know if I’ll ever get down to grocery shopping just once a month, but I have noticed that I can save a lot of time, (and money!) by avoiding frequent trips to the grocery store and those inevitable impulse buys. A good list can only help. What does your pandemic grocery shopping list look like?
Hoping you are keeping healthy and happy, in body and in mind.