Double check what is in your fridge before writing your shopping list.
Developing your menu plan is the first step in the planning process. The next step is to write a detailed shopping list. By creating a detailed list, you will be less likely to be tempted by specials, deals and impulse purchases at the shops.
A good shopping list will take into account what you already have in your fridge, freezer and cupboard and will help you stay focused on what you need at the supermarket.
Do you know how to write a great shopping list?
How to write a great list
When preparing your shopping list, make sure it corresponds with your menu plan. This way, you can check off whether you have everything you need for the week ahead.
You can write your shopping list in a number of ways. Your list can be created by food types, for example, ‘fruit and vegetables’, ‘dairy and eggs’, ‘breads and cereals’ and 'meat and fish', with a category titled ‘other’ for bathroom, kitchen and general household needs.
Alternatively, your list can be prepared based on how you navigate through the aisles of the supermarket – it is up to you! Ask your supermarket if they have a list of products for each aisle. That way you can plan your shopping list by aisles if that suits you best.
Whatever you do, always think about which fruit and vegetables are in season and double-check recipe quantities bearing in mind several recipes may list the same ingredient.
When deciding on your shopping list, make sure you consider how much of each ingredient you need, a recipe for four adults may be too much if you have two adults and two young children in your family. Some members of your family may also have special health and dietary requirements.
Remember that you don't need to place items on your shopping list that you already have in your fridge and cupboard.
Shopping list template
Here is a great shopping list template. You can also create your own to suit your shopping needs and style. You may like to group the list taking into account the shops that you regularly visit.