Since launching The Meal Planning Method a few years ago, we've certainly had our fair share of grocery lists. And as you get really consistent with the habit of meal planning each week, you start to notice the same foods popping up on your grocery list week after week - such as bread, milk, and bananas.
If you've gotten to this point, and are becoming a regular meal planner, you might find a "MASTER GROCERY LIST" helpful each week. A Master Grocery List is designed to encompass foods you frequently buy at the grocery store, allowing for you to meal plan even quicker and lessen the chance of you forgetting common fridge/pantry staples each week. Sounds pretty sweet, right?
Now the exact foods that YOU should include in YOUR Master Grocery List are 100% based off of what YOU and YOUR household frequently needs. For example, my household eats oats daily, whereas yours may never touch them but every once in a while. There is no right or wrong type of "Master Grocery List". Your Master Grocery List should ultimately be a reflection of what ends up in your fridge, pantry, and freezer week after week because you eat those foods often. And it's no surprise to hear that this can only happen if you're truly sticking to The Meal Planning Method and making that grocery list before you go to the store each week! Here's an example of what our Master Grocery List looks like...
What you see here is 2 copies of my Master Grocery List on one standard-sized letter paper.
PRO TIP: For grocery list making, in general... it's good practice to include a food item and cross it off if not needed, rather than trying to remember to add it and forgetting, or worse, thinking you have enough of an item and turns out you don't. :/
Download this Microsoft Word version of the Master Grocery List template to start yours today!
Not proficient in Microsoft Word? You may want to try this simple blank version of our MASTER GROCERY LIST template that you can add to and photo copy. Download a PDF copy below!
What foods would make it onto your Master Grocery List? Tell us in the comments below, or tag us on Instagram at @themealplanningmethod!