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I’m re-thinking my grocery list.
I just got an iTouch (thanks to my most wonderful, beautiful mother!) and am looking for the best ways to make it work for me, and not the other way around.
One of the ways is with my grocery shopping.
Look no further than Grocery IQ.

grocery iq

It is a free app that I can organize by:

Store (I have separate lists for Wegman’s, Trader Joe’s and Target.  Brilliant.)
Category (Because I always remember the tomato I should have gotten when in the produce section…when I’m in the dairy section.  Always.)
Aisle (if I want to get that specific)

It has:

– Coupons that I can “clip” or add to a Safeway store card (which I won’t because I don’t go to Safeway)
– Barcode scanning to compare prices (if you have a data plan or can access wifi)
– Check-it-off-my-list boxes.  the very best kind of boxes.
– The option to print my list
– Sharing options (in case you want to “share” your list with your husband on his way home from work 😉 )

Now, I have only made my list thus far.
I have not attempted to shop with it yet.
I am going to Wegman’s later this afternoon and will let you know how it goes.
I was just so very excited about this app that I had to share. 
I am afraid I’m going to become an app junkie.

Hope this helps your organization endeavors!

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If you missed Part 1, go here

So, for perhaps a year now, Meghan and I have been having a duel over who has the best grocery list.  Meg, consider this an upping of the ante. 😉

And I must give some credit to Lauren Bailes – she was the one who suggested I have a “staples” list.  Meaning, a list of items I buy frequently, if not weekly.  I liked her idea, so I added it!  It is so easy – whichever items I need that week, I just circle or highlight. DONE!

Meal planning for me is a necessity. Otherwise I will wander around the grocery store aimlessly and buy Vanilla Chai Tea, a Pineapple, pita bread and hummus. And that will satisfy me for exactly two days. And it sill satisfy Michael for exactly twelve minutes.
SO, I need a list.
My meal planning tools are: slippers, a good movie, my grocery list template (see below), Sunday paper coupons, scissors, fun pens/highlighters, and my Giant circular. Also a Starbucks if I have any dollars left in my Starbucks fund. Which usually I do not. Which leads me to the awful reminder that this truly is a Could-Have-Had-A-Really-Nice-Car-by-Now-With-All-That-Money-You-Drank Fund.

Anywho, here is my latest template, created in Microsoft Excel:

I simply:
a) determine what I’m going to cook for the week
b) write down the ingredients I need
c) go through the circular and see if either the ingredients I need are on sale, or if there are any good items I can stock up on and save. I write the sale price next to the item.
d) see if I have any coupons I want to use, and if so check off the designated box

It really helps me because I have everything on one page. Underneath the Target list I also have a Produce Junction list. I may change this to “Extras” – any other dishes I’m making that week that aren’t meal-related (i.e. snacks for CG, a dish to bring into work, a pie for Traci Healey, etc.)
The great thing: you can easily customize it for which stores you shop it and which staples you buy. I created this based on my needs, you could simply change it to what suits you best.

So, I hope this helps! It’s just something I’ve found helpful. And I’m sure I’ll be tweaking it again soon 🙂

Also, out of curiosity, do you say “I have to go grocery shopping” or “I have to go food shopping”? I’m conducting an experiment.

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