Grocery shopping. Another thing on that must do list.
The one necessity of grocery shopping is having a list! The easiest way to stick to the grocery list is to go alone!! I know this isn't always possible (and never possible for some of you), but if you can find a time to go without the kids it makes it so much easier. I try to go Sunday afternoons. My biggest problem is saying no when the kids beg to go along. Every time I give in and take them with me, I say never again!
When I make my menu for the term, I also make a grocery list for each week. I make my grocery list in a Pages (or Word for PC's) document. I make two columns. The first column is for ingredients needed for my menu items (more on this in a second), the second column is for staples that I always need. I can look over my staples list before I go to the store and cross out the things that I don't need that trip. My staples list includes not only kitchen staples, but also toiletries and paper products. By making my list in a document, the second column is always there and I just need to add the first column in. As I add things to the list, I keep them in order to the store aisles. I make a separate list for each store I go to.
For my menu items I've simplified the process a little. On the back of each of my recipes, I have sides and a grocery list. When I make my grocery list, I just go through each menu item and look at the card adding ingredients that I need. Super easy!