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Master Food List
Mon 20-Feb-12
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Lillia
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I keep a master food list, in the kitchen, of all the food I always use each month.

This makes it so much easier than creating a new grocery list each time I shop.

I actually recopy it, eliminating what I don't need, and adding what I do need to it, leaving room on the list to calculate my purchases (I hate using a calculator). I am amazed when we go to the supermarket and might see only one other person shopping from a list. You will save so much more money shopping with a list, avoiding buying what you don't need and not forgetting what you do need.

I take look at what is in the fridge and cupboard and shelves, the day we shop, and write down how much of each thing we need¦one month I might need 6 bags of flour and another only 3, and so on~~~

Mon 20-Feb-12
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Me too. I have a piece of paper pinned to pantry wall and I write on it when I use the last of something or it is getting low. I always menu plan for the week then shop with a list. I buy extra if there are good deals on things I normally use. I have always done this and I agree it saves money. It stops wastage as there are no out of date things lurking in the back of the pantry.

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Mon 20-Feb-12
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Same here

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Mon 20-Feb-12
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Aly said:

Me too. I have a piece of paper pinned to pantry wall and I write on it when I use the last of something or it is getting low. I always menu plan for the week then shop with a list. I buy extra if there are good deals on things I normally use. I have always done this and I agree it saves money. It stops wastage as there are no out of date things lurking in the back of the pantry.

I have a white board I got for 50p at a card shop. This is where I jot down, as you do, what I run out of.

I like buying the extras too, when I see them on sale. Why not buy 2 or 3 months worth of tea, for example, when it's 1/3 off, when you KNOW you buy it every single month anyway...why pay full price?

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Sooliz said:

Same here

Do you also rarely see others shopping with a list? confused

Mon 20-Feb-12
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I wouldn't say it's rare, exactly - well, not here anyway.  I generally see a few people with a list.  Perhaps we're just poorer down here! big_laugh  Or maybe more organised winklaugh

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i do have a buy for stock in my head kind of list.  It usually means ive a good stock of bread flours, yeast , tinned marg , army ration packs , dried eggs and milk in the cupboard ...but then i shop at the weirdest places..lol

Mon 20-Feb-12
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kayerunrig said:

i do have a buy for stock in my head kind of list.  It usually means ive a good stock of bread flours, yeast , tinned marg , army ration packs , dried eggs and milk in the cupboard ...but then i shop at the weirdest places..lol

I kind of panic if there are certain things I don't have extra of, like flour and coffee and olive oil~~ hmmm....you have me wondering what weird places you shop~big_laugh5

Mon 20-Feb-12
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I have always been a list maker & I see a lot of people carrying them around in the supermarkets. Nowadays I tend to do most of my grocery shopping online & there you can keep a master-list, deleting & adding every week. I find this saves me money as I am not open to temptation as I am when I go into the supermarkets. I do, however go through the special offers on fresh foods first (like meat, fish, fruit & vegetables) as I cook nearly everything from scratch. I make a list of the dishes I could make with what I am ordering as I go along. I usually have two or three options for each item. I also freeze a lot of the dishes I cook so I have a selection of meals waiting for those days when I don't feel like cooking.  smile  

 

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Mon 20-Feb-12
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I always shop with a list, and keep a note on a whiteboard on the fridge of what I run out of or when I open the last of the reserve supply of. Not that many people here seem to, and I often get a nod and smile from someone else with a list.

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devongarden said:

I always shop with a list, and keep a note on a whiteboard on the fridge of what I run out of or when I open the last of the reserve supply of. Not that many people here seem to, and I often get a nod and smile from someone else with a list.

big_laugh I'm probably the one who nodded and smiled at you! big_laugh

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Yep, and I hope I noticed and smiled back! big_laugh

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The French use lists but then they hate to waste money!

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Aly said:

The French use lists but then they hate to waste money!

                               Are you French, Aly?

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No am a true Brit who escaped to France to be as self sufficient as possible. I did live in Sussex before!

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