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Are you having a hard time sticking with your grocery budget? Or do you always forget to put things on your grocery list? And making multiple grocery trips each week?
I’ve been struggling to stick with my new grocery budget, and often forgot to write things on my grocery list. So, I was going back to the store to get those things, and buying more things. A perfect recipe for going over the grocery budget!
I have found a few simple systems to help me stick to my grocery budget and get more organized. One of my favorite simple systems is having a grocery inventory list. Which sounds a little intimidating, but it’s actually the simplest thing ever.
I’ll show you how to make a grocery inventory list so you can quit making extra trips to the store and stick to your grocery budget. And I’ve got a free printable for you to make this even easier!
How to Make a Grocery Inventory List – Free Printable!
What is a Grocery Inventory List?
A grocery inventory list is a simple list of all the items you use at home. Things like food, household items, health and beauty items, and everything else you buy at the grocery store.
You will use this list to walk through your kitchen and see what items you have and what you need to buy. Having a list helps you remember everything!
If you are out of something completely, you may not remember to add that item to your list if you don’t see it in the cabinet.
Why a Grocery Inventory List works:
Having a grocery inventory list makes things so much easier! I can quickly make a grocery list, including everything we need. And make one trip to the store!
By taking less trips to the store, I don’t buy as many impulse purchases, and I save a lot of money.
I’ll show you how I made a grocery inventory list and how you can make your own using the free grocery inventory list printable.
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How to use a Grocery Inventory List:
- Grab the free Grocery Inventory List printable right here.
- Go through your pantry, fridge, freezer, and cabinets and write down ALL of the items you keep on hand. (You may need 2 sheets of the printable if you have a lot.)
- Place this printable (with all of your items written on it) in a plastic sheet protector page or cheap dollar store frame. This way, you can use a dry erase marker and re use the sheet over and over!
- When you are ready to make a grocery list, grab your grocery inventory list and walk through your pantry, check the fridge and freezer, and cabinets to see what you need to buy.
- You can write a check next to the items you need or the ones you have plenty of – whichever method makes more sense to you. I put a check next to items I need.
- Take this page with you to the grocery store (or take a picture of it so you have it on your phone) or make a new grocery list based on what you checked.
I hope this simple system helps you spend less money on groceries by taking less trips and keeping up with what you have on hand.
Using this system with meal planning really brings everything together. You can easily see what items you have that you can use for meals this week.
I love how simple this system is and how easy it is to make a grocery list now. And I know what I have, so I know exactly what to buy! You may even save time in the grocery store, since you have a great grocery list to go by.
Want another freebie to save more money on groceries?
If you want to save more money on groceries and have a hard time keeping up with how much you’ve spent, you can grab a free grocery budget tracker printable, too!
I love using this Grocery Budget Tracker to make my monthly grocery budget and keep up with how much I’ve spent, and how much I have left in the budget.
It’s another super simple system that makes my life so much easier! Noticing a pattern? 😉
To use this printable, just write down your monthly grocery budget. Then, when you go to the store, record how much you’ve spent and quickly calculate your balance left.
This system takes the guesswork out of figuring out how much money you have left at any given time.
And those two simple printables are helping me stick to my grocery budget and take less trips to the grocery store. Saving time and money – love that!
Here’s the two free printable links again:
Grab these two printables now, and be on your way to saving money on groceries and spending less time at the grocery store!