My friend Elly passed along her grocery shopping strategy to me and it's been a huge help these past two years.
I created a word doc of everything I regularly buy at the store. I keep copies hanging on the side of my fridge in lieu of the magnetic notepad. When I think of something I need or run out of something 90% of the time I simply have to go over and circle something. Circling is so much quicker! Then, when I'm planning the meals for the week, I write down what I plan to make on the side and then circle or write in what I need. I used have a list of regular recipes on the side and I'd circle 5 or so (there's always at least one night of leftovers). However, this blog is allowing me to greatly alter my "regular recipe" repertoire.
One of the most genius parts of the list is that it is set up (for the most part) in the order I walk through the store. That has been the biggest help. When I first became a mom, I was so scattered at the grocery store I found myself constantly walking back to the same aisle because I forgot something that was just a little further down the hand written list.
I only print about 3 or 4 at a time as I'm regularly updating the list based on what I'm buying or my needs. Some things are serious staples (bread, eggs, milk), but others come and go with our interests or the season. Come summer there will be a lot more room given for berries!
My current grocery list.
Hope this helps anyone else wanting to get organized!