Part of my meal planning involves adding the items needed for my recipes to my master shopping lists. I shop regularly at three to four stores, so I have lists for each one.
I use Evernote to create my shopping lists. I like that Evernote has a checklist feature , so I can check the items I need and then uncheck them as I shop. It also allows me to pull my lists up on my iPhone/iPad via their app while shopping.
What I’ll do is create a two column table and put category/section in each cell. I’ll put the sections in order similar to where the items are in the store.
I also color-code items. For example, anything that I should buy organic, like the dirty dozen, is in green. On my Target/Safeway list, items in red are items that I can only get at Safeway; I do most of my shopping at Target, but there are usually a couple things I can’t get there.
When I plan my meals, I’ll make note of any ingredients I need on the meal planner sheet itself. Then I will add those items to my master shopping lists along with anything else I may need. After that, I’m ready to go shopping!
Thursday: Dinner at the Rainforest Cafe in Downtown Disney!
Friday and Saturday: Dinner at Disneyland!
Sunday: On the road.
How do you put together your shopping lists? Old fashioned paper and pen? An app? Share your methods in the comments!
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