Have you ever noticed that you're about to run out of an item that you use (like baking ingredients like brown sugar) and you tell yourself, “I better add brown sugar to the list when I'm preparing for my trip to the grocery store”. And then when you're making your list, you remember that you need to add something to your list but you just can't remember what it is? Or maybe your spouse tells you that we just ran out of such and such…and you just got back from the store?
Maybe you have a better memory than I do, but my memory has gone way downhill since I had kids. So, I was finding this scenario happening to me all the time!
I don't know about you, but I spend more money overall when I make multiple trips to the grocery store throughout the week rather than one big one where I buy everything I need. Not only do I spend more money, but it drives me crazy running into the store for just a few items!
Problem solved…I keep an ongoing grocery list!
I keep a cheap notepad either sitting on the counter or inside the drawer where I keep an ongoing list of items that I need to buy the next time I'm at the store. This is where I add items like milk, breakfast ingredients, school lunch items, and more.
And even better, when my husband and kids notice that I need to stock up on something, they know just to add it to the list. That settles that argument about whether they mentioned it to you or not! :-).
Do you keep an ongoing list or do you try to remember what you need and add it all at once?