Tips for Planning Your Meals and Organizing Your Shopping List
Running a home is very much like running a business or any other organization. There is a lot to do and many things need to be done on a routine basis if the home is to run smoothly and if family needs are to be met. Shopping and organizing meals is something that has to be done quite regularly if your family is to eat in a healthy manner and to be satisfied.
One of the most efficient ways to create a shopping list that is thorough and that includes all of the items that you need to pick up on your next run to the grocery store is to keep a running grocery list somewhere in the kitchen. That way, whenever a family member has used up the last of something; whether it be the last of the milk or the last loaf of bread, they can write that item on the shopping list. Whenever it is time to do a grocery run, the list can be quickly taken from the kitchen and however is doing the shopping will know to pick up all of the items on the list. If you are worried that family members will fail to use the list, it should only take a few occasions of their favorite item not being picked up before they will realize the value of the running shopping list and begin to add item to it.
Organization always takes some level of discipline. If you are taking on a task with other people, like the other members of your family, the group will have to encourage all of the other members to participate and your shopping list will be no different. I think that the best place to put a list like this is on the refrigerator. It doesn't have to be too elaborate but any way that you can place a piece of paper and a pen on the fridge so that it is easy for items to be jotted down, will work. Then sit your family down and explain to them how the system works. Of course, if you are a person that lives alone, you will be able to implement this new idea much more quickly since it will only depend on you. However, families can make this system work if they are consistent.
If you are a person that cooks often, you probably use certain ingredients over and over in your menus. As you see, that you are running low on a certain ingredient, you can also add the item to the shopping list. When this method is used consistently, it will be vary rare that you run low in ingredients. If you are the person that does the most cooking in the home, it stands to reason that you will contribute most often to an ongoing shopping list however, placing it on the refrigerator in the kitchen will allow other family members to contribute to the list as well.
Shopping day should become a breeze with this new system. Once everyone has bought into the idea, you will only need to quickly scan the list as you are walking out the door and perhaps add an item or two that has been left off. For the most part, the list will be quite thorough.
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