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Do you keep an ongoing grocery list?

I do. I take a two-sided sheet of paper and on one side print the "ongoing" items on the top and make my regular list on the page. Then I transfer any outstanding ongoing items to the next page for the following week and so on. As you can tell I am a planner and like to plan ahead for meals. Many items on the ongoing list require a visit to a specialty shop a few hours' drive away. Or simply an expensive item that can wait to come on sale. Maybe I'm just a wee bit TOO organized...

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  1. I have an application on my Droid that allows me to keep a number of lists. I use one as a "master list" of everything we've bought, pretty much, then a secondary list of what I need now. The secondary list reads items already on the master list and auto-completes them. My SO thought a master spreadsheet would be easier, but I had a hard time actually using it while shopping.

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    1. re: tracylee

      What app is that? I have a pretty accurate internal list running in my head of what is in the pantry, what is running low and when to replace. I've tried automating the list with Springpad, but the app hasn't worked terribly well for me.

      1. re: JungMann

        It's called OurGroceries, and allows you to mark off items as you pick them up by just touching the item. You can also specify the amount you want. I'd tried another app that wouldn't store previously purchased items, so once marked off, you had to enter the item again.

        I like OurGroceries because if an item isn't available, or isn't at a price I like, I can leave it on the list for next time.

        1. re: JungMann

          JungMann, have you tried the Key Ring app to hold all your market courtesy cards? Coupons and specials are highlighted per card and CVS has a special deal with Droid to discount 50% off all scrips. All I do is present my Key Ring screen to the register attendant to receive any of my card discounts. Pretty handy and the master cards can stay at home.

          1. re: HillJ

            *i love you* for posting this. i've never heard of this before! going to download it for my iPhone right now...

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Such a handy little gizmo, ghg. I've saved some much time and energy, not to mention $$ @ CVS using this simply ingenious idea. Enjoy!

              1. re: HillJ

                okay, you're seriously my hero. i just downloaded it, entered all the info, and removed *twenty-two* (yes, 22!) cards & member tags from my wallet. i didn't expect them to have everything from frequent flyer & hotel preferred guest programs to gym memberships & AAA in there! awesome :)

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  right! I was surprised by the expansive list as well. And, you can request that Key Ring add accounts as needed. They just added shortcuts to the app so frequent cards can appear on the home page of your device. So far, I'm loving it too.

                  I'm not for keeping a grocery list on my device but I sure love a lighter wallet sans plastic cards. Now if we could get the sign up process device-friendly from the start that would we wonderful! Less plastic!

        2. re: tracylee

          noticing a lot of people keep it on the fridge/at home. i'd forget things every time if i did that because they pop into my head at random moments when i'm in the car or out & about. that's another benefit to keeping it on my phone - no matter where i am, i can add things to the list when i think of them...plus, it saves trees :)

          ETA: this was supposed to be a reply to the OP - no idea why it landed here.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I'm not adverse to electronic technology, I use it in many aspects of my life; it's just that using it to keep track of a grocery list is overkill to me. Plus, I use scrap paper for my list, so I do my part to be green. :)

        3. We are old fashioned. There is a sheet of paper on the frig. When we notice something is low, we write it on the paper. This becomes our shopping list.

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            1. re: davmar77

              I too do the fridge list. It it ain't broke, don't fix it.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                Yep. Us, too. And we do our shopping on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Tuesdays are for T, W and Th; Saturdays are for S, Su and M. (We eat out on Fridays.) Meal decisions are made for us by what comes up in a pair of Rolodex-type indexes. Each index contains roughly 150 dishes.

            2. re: Janet

              Me too, except it's on a magnet board next to the fridge. House rule is first person to find they need something when I go to the grocery next starts that week's list.

            3. What I normally do is I basically "inventory" what's not in the kitchen before I head to Shaw's. I'm not much of a planner, I kind of work on the fly.

              1. i keep it on my iPhone, broken out by location - TJ's, Costco, Co-Op, Sprouts, Smart & Final, Farmers' Market, etc.

                certain items stay on there permanently because i get them pretty much every time i go, others get added & deleted accordingly.

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                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  We have a white board in the kitchen that we write things on when getting low. I also print out recipes for what we will be eating for the week and bring those along when shopping so that I make sure I have all the ingredients that I will be needing.

                  1. re: debw1946

                    We have a whiteboard at home too. Before we go shopping, we snap a picture of the whiteboard with our iPhone.

                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    I do the same thing with my iPhone, but I generally add and delete manually.

                  3. Actually, while I don't normally do New Year's resolutions, I did promise myself that this year I would try to have a running list..... We shall see. What I did do over break was photocopy my most used recipes (from cookbooks) and created shopping lists for each one. I now have those handy whenever I want to cook or bake something that I have made before. Much easier than re-doing the list each time!

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                    1. re: rjlebed

                      You know, I think you just got me to make a similar resolution. My habit is to shop every day for immediate needs plus ongoing, all on the same list, and if the ongoing includes something we won't need for a week or so, after a while I'll forget to add it. Then Mrs. O will ask if I ever got her ginger ales or some cat food when it's wanted RIGHT NOW and I have to go get it.