Refrigerator Notes forum: Grocery Lists

 
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ImageCandyce
Mar 27, 2010 8:36 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
There's nothing so challenging, in my opinion, as creating that grocery list every week. In the past, I've always forgotten SOMETHING of vital importance and had to make a special trip back to the store ... wasting my time, and fuel, and putting undue wear and tear on my car.

There's got to be a better way, don't you think?

Lately I've been thinking of hanging a running list on the refrigerator in my kitchen. I know the items we have to purchase every week: milk, bread, creamer for the coffee, etc. So those can go on the list every week. Then, as the week before grocery shopping day progresses, I can simply jot down the items we run out of and need to be replaced.

Does this sound like a good idea? I wonder what others do about the weekly grocery list.

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ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 27, 2010 8:25 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I keep a running list.
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ImageCandyce
Mar 27, 2010 8:47 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Why, oh why, did it take me so long to realize that?
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 28, 2010 3:36 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
It can be a curse; when I unpack the groceries and put them away, I usually find something missing that I didn't put on the list and have already started another one!

Also, rotating your canned items is a challenge. Check dates- my best way is just to empty the pantry occasionally - wipe down shelves - re organize. I actually found a can of mandarin oranges that was swollen but had cans in there older that that one which were fine. Actually that's the first time in my life that I have found something like that so it must have been damaged when I bought it.

I once found a can of pineapple that I knew was pretty old; no date on the can but a bunch of numbers; I called the phone number on the can, gave them the numbers and they told me how old it was. They said it was probably not spoiled but loss of taste. I opened it and tasted it . . sure enough . . no flavor at all and a little paler in color.
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ImageCandyce
Mar 28, 2010 8:43 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
You have a good system there, Arlene. Too bad about the pineapple, though.
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 28, 2010 10:17 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
DH lived here 10 yrs before I joined him so it was something he had bought. We keep the pantry stocked much fuller than in CA as stores are so close. It's a lot more to keep track of.
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Image1AnjL
Mar 28, 2010 4:01 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I keep a running list on the computer. It already has the 'usual stuff' so I just add to that depending on what recipes we are using that week, etc.

I also keep a separate costo list and walmart lists. I hate going to those stores, so I wait until we are completely out of cat food... or shampoo and I have to go LOL
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 28, 2010 5:00 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
When I am "really" organized, I pul my list up on the computer; it tells me what aisles everything is in and I plug in what I am going to buy. That's usually once a month so it is pretty helpful.
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Image1AnjL
Mar 28, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
oooh! My store has a aisle thing, and I can do that if I log into the grocery store account...but it wont save it week to week :( so I'd be doing lots of re-typying all the time :(

I grocery shop every week because we only have a teeny deep freezer here. I cant wait until we move out to the country and only have to grocery shop every few mos LOL (can you tell I am NOT a shopper?! Hilarious! )
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 28, 2010 8:20 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
I can send you mine; it is an Excel file.
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Image1AnjL
Mar 28, 2010 8:35 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Thanks, but I dont have any Microsoft Office programs on my puter Big Grin
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ImageCandyce
Mar 29, 2010 7:52 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
I have a cool program on my computer called "Living Cookbook". It's all-inclusive.

Into it I have written all of our family's favorite recipes. Each ingredient in the recipe is linked to a list of ingredients. The list of ingredients is linked to the Inventory list. It sounds complicated, and it is time consuming at first to get it all set up. I can probably give you an example, if you like.

But, what I like about it is this:
1. When I am getting the week's menu together, all I have to do is do a quick inventory of everything we have on hand and how much of it we have.

2. After I am done with the inventory, I just hit one button and the program will give me a list of all of the recipes I can prepare right now.

3. Also, when I am done with the inventory, I can push another button and the program will let me know what I have to put on the grocery list to replenish our pantry.

4. And, it will even let me know what my shopping list will cost and which stores I should shop at to save money.

I'm sorry that this is such a long post, but this program has really saved us big bucks since I got it three or four years ago. You can download a free 30-day trial from Living Cook Book.
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Image1AnjL
Mar 29, 2010 11:27 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
wow! Candyce thank you for that link! I tried to do an inventory on our puter before....just to help with rotation of meats etc but it was too hard to keep up with.

But if I'm understanding you correctly, you just enter the inventory into the computer along with your recipes. Then you do the meal plan for the week and it automatically deducts the item from your inventory? so you only have to input inventory when you go shopping? If so...I definitely need that program LOL!
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ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 29, 2010 11:52 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Are you doing this with the trial version or did you buy the full version.
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ImageCandyce
Mar 29, 2010 11:57 AM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
If you are asking me, Arlene. I did it with the Trial Version at first, and then purchased the Full Version. It's one of the best household investments I've made.

Yes, AnnMarie. As long as you remember to push the button that says something like "Deduct this from Inventory", then everything's pretty much on automatic pilot. I even have all the HBA, cleaning, pet needs, and paper products all listed in the Inventory lists as well.
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Image1AnjL
Mar 29, 2010 11:59 AM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
I am completely awed!! Now to talk DH into finishing the taxes and letting me buy the program with part of our refund.... Big Grin
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ImageCandyce
Mar 29, 2010 12:33 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
Just tell him that I said it will save you so much money in the very first month! When used, this program eliminates those last-minute dashes to the store, or worse, to the convenience store, for something you forgot.

If you gals want me to, I'll gladly 'teach' you all how to use it effectively.
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Image1AnjL
Mar 29, 2010 1:04 PM CST
Name: AnjL/Annmarie
CA Sierra Mts
Thanks Candyce, I may take you up on that offer! LOL!

I have the site bookmarked and will download the trial offer as soon as I get caught up on my cubits. I want to try it out and once its installed and I'm using it, I can show him how much a help it is Big Grin guess this means I'll have to bake cookies and cakes to convince him of the time savings and well... he is more apt to say yes when his sweet tooth is sated Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageCandyce
Mar 29, 2010 1:20 PM CST
Name: Candyce Fulford
N of MA, E of VT, W of ME, S o
Grandmother Extraordinaire
I understand THAT one, for sure!
Did you notice, too, that it will do calorie and nutritional counts for you? For us, that's a biggie. Taelar and I both have to GAIN weight, while the rest of the family needs to lose a few pounds.

I IS a huge learning curve, too, but oh, so worth it!!!
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ImageTrish
Mar 29, 2010 2:26 PM CST
Name: Trish Whitinger
Jacksonville, TX
Helper and Wife of the Cubit Master
Dave wrote me a program many years ago to keep track of my grocery list. It had every aisle with the general items that we purchased on each aisle. I just placed a check mark beside what I needed and printed it out. Then we did the same with Sams.

I also had an inventory sheet- mainly for the freezer. We butcher our own meats, and I try to keep the freezer stocked with make ahead dinners, breads, and breakfasts.

I eventually gave up. Going to the computer to make a note of what I needed was way too much trouble. Getting something out of the freezer then checking it off wasn't getting done.

Now, my lists go in my "brain"- which is my planner. Trust me, if it isn't in my planner, it doesn't get done. I make a grocery list, but I am able to remember the staples (milk, eggs or whatever if we aren't producing it on the farm), so I don't bother to write those down. I keep a running list of Big Town things. I live in a tiny town, so we have to drive about 45 mins to get to a Lowes and anything else, so a list is really important. My planner is never much more than a few steps away from me, so it is easy to flip to the tab, and jot it down.

We go to Sams once, sometimes twice per year and hugely stock up. I do have a list of our regular Sams items, and go through the list before the trip to see how many we need.

I've greatly organized my inside freezer, and both of my outside freezers. I can see at a glance what needs to be baked or boughten. If it is on sale, I just pick more up- like blueberries. I rotate everything. For a lot of items, if we are out, we just do without (like blueberries).

The pantry is all rotated front to back, left to right. Everyone knows where to grab from- at least more or less. Once a week or so, I'll straighten everything and move stuff over.

I also hate shopping, AnnMarie. I need things to be as easy as possible. Because I've spent quite a bit of time organizing and stocking up my pantry, I really don't run out of something. Occasionally I'll forget to pick up something from the store that is unusual to make a new recipe...but if that happens, I jot it down and save the recipe for the next week.

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