Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Part Two

Fail-to-planOut of all the chores I have, creating a grocery list and figuring out what to put on next week’s menu, is the hardest. For whatever reason, food just isn’t a priority for me. That doesn’t mean, however, that my family doesn’t need to be fed and taken care of. In order to make this job more pleasant, I have implemented a couple of steps to make things easier for myself.

The first thing that I have done is post an ongoing grocery list to the inside of one kitchen cupboard (conveniently placed above the pencil drawer).This allows me to place things on the list immediately instead of having to remember everything I need on grocery day. The morning I go shopping, I take the list out of the cupboard and do a quick house check to make sure nothing has been forgotten.

The second thing I have done is to create a list of meals my family enjoys seeing on the menu. I then sit down with THIS weekly menu, which my husband created, and start adding in meals for the following week.  As I go along I continue to add items to my grocery list, as needed. The finished menu is then posted in the kitchen, and I finalize my grocery list.

With my list and calculator in hand, I want to do a quick “budget check” to make sure that I am on track with my spending. Our family has a monthly budget for groceries and I need to make sure that I stick to the allotted amount for the week. If I am well in the black, then I feel free to add a couple of extras like cookies and chips. I will also make sure to check my coupon folder and grab any that pertain to my list. Now that my list is complete and checks out with my budget, I am ready to go

The third thing I have done is organize my grocery list to make my shopping faster and easier. When shopping, especially if the kids are tagging along, I prefer to get in and out of the store as quickly as possible. To accomplish this, my grocery list is organized according to the aisles at my grocery store. As I am shopping, I simply walk aisle by aisle grabbing the items listed for each. No need to go back to an aisle for something forgotten, or hidden further down the list; everything is organized and simplified.

With these the help of a few printable lists we’ve made one area of our lives a little simpler, leaving time for more important activities like spending quality time with our kids.

“For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Psalm 107:9

15 thoughts on “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail: Part Two

  1. Reblogged this on A Homeschool Mom and commented:

    I am SO glad I have implemented this part of my “master plan”. Grocery shopping can be so tedious and frustrating for my kiddos without a plan of attack. Using this helpful guide, I can manage to get in and out of our grocery store in half an hour flat! Hooray for organization!
    If you missed Part I of “Fail to Plan…”, don’t forget to take a look at the “Series” menu at the top of the page!


  2. I had never thought of writing down what isle items are in. Awesome time saving tip! I have mentally written my list that way but always miss things, yet I never thought to write it down. lol I have just started meal planning classes and help others plan out meals for a week, a month or even up to a year depending on what they are looking for. Organizing and planning are my gifts. I don’t think they are that great but I’m learning to embrace them. Great post!


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  4. Great post – I love these suggestions – especially noting the isle at the store. For our family, I have 6 weekly plans of menus that I cycle through in the fall and winter. Each plan has 7 days of breakfast, lunch and dinner and includes the grocery list for that week, and the recipe reference if I need that. This has helped me to include variety of proteins, grains, fruits and veggies without having to go through the time of figuring it out every week. I print the plans off my computer and choose one each week for shopping and note any extra grocery items that need replenishing or crossing through ingredients on the list that I don’t need to buy that week. I need to create 6 more meal plans for the spring and summer so that I will better remember to take advantage of grilling and in-season fruits and veggies. I look forward to your next post!


    • I really like your plan! It sounds well thought out and it works for your family. We choose to do our menus on a weekly basis, but this has merit! 🙂

      I DO have a reference list by season though: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring. During that season, we tend to use that list for our menu options; along with a few staples that my family can’t seem to live without!

      Great ideas; thanks for sharing!


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