Let’s continue our look at streamlining the process of menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation!
Yesterday: How Often Should You Go Shopping?
Grocery Shopping Tip: Keep your planning digital and paperless.
I hate losing my papers, or having them crumpled, torn, or used as drawing paper. I am a list maker by nature, and quickly find the papers piling up beyond my ability to sort and organize. So, over the last two years, I’ve been converting all my papers and my planning processes to digital.
After all, isn’t that what little pocket devices like smartphones, tablets, and iPod Touches are for? Why not use them that way?
It is possible. And it is so useful!
First, the master pantry list must be digital. I keep mine in Evernote. When I want to make a good grocery list, I copy it into Simplenote and delete items I don’t need. Another way I do it is to have the Evernote note open and skim it as I glance through my pantry and fridge, using copy and paste to add items from the Evernote master to the Simplenote offline grocery shopping list, making sure to keep the grocery items listed in the right order.
Also, whenever I think, “Oh, we need that” or my husband says, “I just used the last of this” then I add that to my running Simplenote shopping list.
Then, at the store, my list is my iPod Touch in my pocket, ready to whip out and glance over at the beginning of each section of the grocery store in my route. I don’t actually bother erasing or checking off items as I go, I just see the list, and know I grabbed it or note that I still need to. Because it’s in the order I travel, I don’t have to backtrack or scan the list over and over, trying to find missed items.
I also have Simplified Dinners copied into my Evernote Food Stack. So my dinner plans and recipes and options are always at hand, whenever I have my laptop or iPod. In fact, I will to send anyone who purchases both Simplified Dinners this Evernote-ready edition; all you have to do is request it.
Having all I need for food management digital, always at hand, without taking up any additional room has made it all so much more convenient and also more fun!
Tomorrow: Reusable Grocery Bags
Mystie Winckler began menu planning at 11 years old when her mom delegated one dinner a week to her. Marrying at 19, she’s had a lot of practice over the years. But between growing and homeschooling her family, meal planning often requires brain power that just isn’t there any more. Simplified Dinners is her solution to take the effort and thought out of healthy, frugal cooking. And now it is available for you, too!