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Jan 30, 2013 09:52 PM

Shopping lists: Running lists? Paper & ink? Laminated?

Hi all. Chemicalkinetics posted a survey about how you decide what to buy in a store (

I confessed that I finally see the light in having a running list. You know, milk, bread, eggs, etc.

Do you have a running list? What format is it in? I was thinking of laminating mine and writing on it with a dry erase marker. But would that smear?

Or maybe I should print out a paper list with my most frequently bought items and blank lines for thing I need for certain recipes.

When I lived with my sis, we used an old envelope. We wrote our list on the outside and kept any coupons on the inside. Weren't WE green? :o


How do you make YOUR shopping list?

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  1. I post my shopping list in my Palm PDA, which goes wherever I do. People don't carry Palms so much any more, but anything portable will do - an iPad or smartphone or whatever.

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    1. re: John Francis

      Wait a minute, are you using a Palm Pilot, circa many years ago? I remember when they came out. I had the 'wants' really bad but never bought one.

      I've tried several electronic 'to do' lists and still myself using slips of paper (I don't like Post It Notes). I don't have my old Rolodex however.

      1. re: John E.

        I've owned one Palm or another since the '90s, and am nursing a Zire72 for as long as its battery will last. Without it I'd be lost. In fact, I've already replaced it once thanks to eBay.

        1. re: John Francis

          Have you thought about using an iPod Touch?

          1. re: John E.

            Nope. My Zire ain't broke, it does everything I need, and I'm used to it. Some people drive vintage cars, I use a vintage PDA. :-)

            1. re: John Francis

              Whatever works--but I do hope you have an exit strategy (like an export of your essential data, your address book for example, in a format that is readable by other means besides the Palm software). Because one day your Zire is going to die, and it's going to be vintage enough that even eBay won't come to the rescue.

              1. re: John Francis

                Actually, I think it is an interesting way to go, as long as you have your data backed us as suggested by MsMary.

                A few years ago I heard of a lady who was still keeping the books for her small flower shop using a Commodore 64.

                1. re: John Francis

                  I, too, still use a Zire 72. It is my calendar and alarm clock, my address book, and it makes a swell notebook (you gotta learn how to write in graffiti though). I use the blootooth connection to back it up.

        2. Running list on my Blackberry. I'd be lost without it.

          1. A pad of blank paper. I write things on it in ink from time to time. It's stuck on the side of the refrigerator with a magnet, which gets transferred to a new pad when necessary.

            For a time, my wife experimented with a preprinted list on which we would circle things (and write in others), but it didn't work very well.

            1. heh-- my list is usually scrawled on the back of an envelope (recycling, of course -- yeah, that's it).

              Sometimes it actually makes it to the store with me.

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              1. re: sunshine842


                I write the most beautiful shopping lists in the world and they're alwats there waiting for me when I return home from the store........

              2. It's on my iphone notes, it's a semi-running list and is kinda, sorta broken down by which store I would tend to buy the items. Sometimes I forget to update the list, and I always, always buy more than what's on the list... I have bad shopping habits.

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                1. re: calmossimo

                  Oh yea, to me the list is a guide. I need these things on the list but other things will inevitably find their way into the cart. Often if I am undecided on a meal when I have to go shopping, I will make separate lists for each meal and decide when I get there.