Standard Groceries are things you always buy, regardless of the week. Depending on your home, these might be things like milk, cereal, fresh fruit, green vegetables, or coffee. My husband likes to add “wax lips” on my shopping list. Years ago, we had a cleaning lady who apparently noticed this. We came home one night after work to find our bed made and a set of wax lips on each pillow.
I use GroceryIQ, an electronic grocery list minder, to keep track of my grocery list. GroceryIQ is available as a free app for iPhone, iPad and Android and is also available online. You can share lists with others, so if your spouse is going to the grocery store on the way home from work, you can just add an item to the list without calling or texting. There are coupon and barcode scanning features as well. Super!
I can indicate whether I will buy my items at any store or at a particular store. For example, I like a particular brand of coffee that I can only buy at Kroger. I can put it on my list as a Kroger item and I will only see ‘coffee’ when I’m at Kroger. When I’m at Remke’s, I won’t see coffee on the list, but I will see all of the items that I am willing to buy anywhere.
If brand or price matters, you can add this. You can also indicate quantity and size, which are really helpful features if you are sending someone else to the store for you!
You can set up the aisle order for the stores you regularly visit. When you open the list for a specific store, your items appear in the proper order for whichever store you are in.
As you put the items in your basket, you click them and they remove from your list, so you don’t have to sort through a list of scratched off items to see what you didn’t get yet. AND – if your store doesn’t have what you need, don’t click the item and it will appear in the list next time you’re at another store, unless you’ve indicated a single purchase price for that item.
I enter my standard list as Favorites, so they are easy to add. What’s on my ‘standard list’? Milk, eggs, butter, cereal, onions, garlic, and potatoes, amongst other things. I don’t always need all of these things, but I’d be unhappy if I left the grocery store without them and I did need them.
NOTE: Grocery IQ had a really annoying upgrade recently, but they have corrected the problems. There are some cool new features, including voice recognition, so you can read your list to it.