Printable Grocery Shopping List

2011-08-16T16:53:49+00:00Food, Shopping|

Stuck in a grocery store aisle wondering what groceries to buy? Need a simple grocery checklist for finding healthy foods? Good. I’ve created the Printable Grocery List to help in your quest to find affordable, healthy, and delicious foods fast. I hate getting stuck in a grocery store not knowing what foods to buy, so I’m sharing my free printable shopping list template with you.

Besides, most healthy eating shopping lists include foods which are neither healthy nor cheap. I’m sorry, but those packaged Lunchables things for kids are crap.


Download: Printable Grocery Shopping List (PDF Format)

Printable Grocery Shopping List

This simple grocery list includes fruits, veggies, meats, beans, legumes, and a few household supplies too. Use it to:

  • Save big bucks by curbing impulse grocery shopping.
  • Save money by avoiding expensively packaged fake foods.
  • Identify healthy, whole, and frugal foods on a single master grocery list.
  • Keep track of only the foods you need.
  • Save time grocery shopping.
  • Never forget another grocery item, ever again.
  • Stay honest about what you really need.
  • Keep a standard grocery list, adding additional healthy foods as needed.

Squawkback: What’s on your grocery shopping list?


  1. Angie August 1, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Great tool, thanks!! I also have a similar “checklist” in my kitchen cabinet…meals that are cheap, healthy and fast. Just a list of meals I can cook with staples I usually have on hand…so when my mind is melted from a long day I can still figure out what to cook!

  2. Chickadee August 1, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Very good healthy list! What’s on my list? Mostly the same things as yours, plus grain products such as pita bread, tortilla wraps, and bread flour from the bulk store.

    As foods get used up at home, I write them on a list for next time… can’t imagine trying to shop without it. I only shop once every 2nd or 3rd week (we are far from town, so it saves time and gas). I go early in the morning when there is a good selection of produce at the farm market, and bring my reusable bags. The grocery store is also less busy then, less standing in line, and less chance of silly impulse purchases!

    I avoid calorie-packed items by reading the nutritional labels, and buying mostly basic ‘scratch’ ingredients. I also avoid anything containing artificial sweeteners… these seem to be creeping into otherwise healthy foods like yogurt.

    Our Superstore just re-arranged most of their aisles, so that even the clerks don’t know where things are. 🙁
    I used to be able to zip through the store in about 15 minutes using my list. Now I’m wasting a lot of time trying to find things. Blah. (*bangs head on keyboard*)

  3. Hayden Tompkins August 1, 2008 at 6:31 am

    I thought I was the only one who was this insane! I made a list, veeery similar to this one. Love the layout!

  4. chrishette August 1, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I try as much as I can to use a grocery list similiar to yours. If I don’t have a list, I learned a trick a long time ago that helps with making healthier choices. In a standard grocery store, stick to the outer edge of the store and try not to venture into the inner aisles as much. The way most stores are configured, fruits/veggies, natural foods, meats, diary, breads/grains are around the store. Cookies, sodas, more processed packaged foods are on the inside aisles…and usually are the more expensive items. When I stick to the outside I usually ended up making better choices during impromptu grocery store visits. But a list is the best!

  5. Michele August 2, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I do the same thing with my grocery list – except that I keep it stored on Google Docs. This way I can quickly update it from my home or work PC. In addition – I can view it from my Blackberry if I forget my printed list!

  6. Jules August 2, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    It’s uncanny how similar our lists are (well, except for me having about 1/10 of the items on as are on yours).

    I’ve taken to buying my fruit in the Saturday market–it’s a bit of a splurge, really. I used whatever’s left from the morning’s grocery shopping, but my God, the things you can get! I did (most of) this week’s shopping–two people, two cats on a mostly-raw diet–for about 35 euros, and then proceeded to spend an extra 10 on fresh herbs (couldn’t resist the purple basil) and fruit.

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  8. Fabulously Broke August 5, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    I LOVE your blog header. Adding you to my Google Reader, and linking to this post in my link love 🙂

  9. Fabulously Broke August 5, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I’d also suggest that people print it, laminate it or put it in a plastic sheath, and use a dry erase marker so that they save on paper and don’t have to keep reprinting it!

  10. Kerry August 8, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    @Angie I love the idea of having a healthy meals checklist. My brain is usually fried, to be honest. 😉

    @Chickadee Yogurt! What the heck happened to yogurt? Now it’s some miracle “women’s food” stuffed full of artificial sweeteners, thickening science crap, and has all the fat expunged. It’s weird what product marketers have done to simple yogurt. Indeed, read the labels!

    @chrishette Perimeter shopping is the best. Dang, forgot to mention that myself. Thank you for mentioning it!

    @Michele You are one high tech grocery shopper! I don’t even have a cell phone. 😉

    @Jules Your Saturday market sounds like a Farmer’s Market? Totally worth the splurge in my books. Purple Basil? Sounds yummy…

    @Fabulously Broke Thank you so much for subscribing and sharing some link love! The plastic sheath idea is awesome…I have a very used freezer bag which could double for a grocery list cover. Excellent idea!

  11. Kerry August 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    @Hayden Tompkins I do have some levels of insanity. Albeit, I mostly pretend to be very “detail orientated!” 🙂

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  13. money funk September 3, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Avacados are a fruit?? just teasin’.

    I am glad to have stumbled onto this list. Love it. It’s makin’ me hungry. Now, if I could only get my family to eat with the foods on this list. Hmmm…another thing to work on. 😉

  14. Al Pal September 19, 2008 at 8:11 am

    I love this format – I started using it for my own grocery shopping.

  15. Mia September 29, 2008 at 5:24 am

    FINALLY a grocery list without processed junk on it!

    I’ve just gotten back into freezer cooking and this will be really useful.


  16. Kerry October 1, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    @Mia So happy you likey! Indeed, no junk food on this list! Eat healthy, save money. 😀

  17. Amber November 13, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I love this – I’m a list-o-holic myself…

    AND I couldn’t help but giggle like a mad-woman when I read the title of the list as “Healthy Frugal Foods” and to see that the list includes ‘edible’ sublists ‘baby, pets, personal care, household’… hehe… It is quite frugal to end up eating body wash and cat food!


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    Everyone should also have a look at … you can print the shopping list or view it on your phone and it also records your previous items for future use. Also comes with a handy todo list. I think its worth a look … I like the graphs too to see how much you’re spending

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  21. Amy August 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I’m surprised that “formula” is on here with the baby stuff. The healthiest, most frugal way to feed a baby is with a breast.

    Otherwise, it’s a very good list.

  22. Kerry August 25, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    @Amy I’m happy you like the list. I tried to be inclusive of many mothers in varying situations. A friend of mine adopted a beautiful baby girl last year and needed to use formula. Cheers.

  23. Bonnie February 6, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone!

  24. Forest March 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I just jumped on the P90X bandwagon, getting myself into the shape I think I should be in, and ironically, your checklist is very useful in shopping for the detailed meal plans that come with the P90X program. Makes putting a grocery list together from the menus much easier!

  25. msLaura April 21, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Hmmm, you buy disposable lunch bags? That’s not thrifty. Just buy a reusable lunchbox. One-tim purchase. Use it every day! You can get two or three for the price of buying disposable lunch bags.

    Likewise plastic wrap. What are you using so uch of it for? Better to buy some reusable tupperware type containers, and store your food in there, rather than cover the top of something with plastic wrap. Or you can cover a bowl with a plate. When I mke bread and let the dough rise, the recipe says to cover the bowl with plastic wrap. I use a dinner plate. Works just great and I save myself from buying plastic wrap which will just get thrown away and end up in a landfill for eternity.

    Jus about any disposable product that you use can be replaced with something reusable. has some excellent products, and even a list of suggested replacements for disposable items. I even bought a Diva menstrual cup from them after 28 years of using, buying and flushing tampons…OMG, it’s fabulous! No leaks, and I will never have to worry about buying or running out of tampons again!

  26. ChristianDad July 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Great tool! Thank you. Love your web site.

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