The Master Grocery List: Never forget what you need to buy with the help of your Bullet Journal!

Welcome to Day 9 of my #100DaysofBulletJournalIdeas Project! 

Day 9: Master Grocery List

The Master Grocery List

This is a pretty handy collection to have as a reference for your grocery shopping efforts. Simply look over it while making your grocery list to see if you need to pick up any incidentals. Sometimes we forget to pick this or that up, with this list you'll be more likely to get all the things you need.

I'm sure that this idea has been around for longer than the internet has existed. I moseyed over to my favorite master grocery list resource to print out their printable and put a line all the items that weren't relevant to my life so I could create a spread in my Bullet Journal with this as a guideline. Pretty nifty resource I would highly recommend at least visiting. Besides being a handy resource, it's also fun to see their collection of found grocery lists. 

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Here are a few ways to go about it:

1. Simple Master Grocery List overview

This way you'll have a simple collection to look through while crafting your grocery list. Categorize it to make it easy to view the different items at a glance in their own sections. The brain loves a sense of order, and with our list-loving ways this is bound to tickle your list-loving heart with all the mini lists neatly organized. Here I created a simple list with a Staedtler pen.

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I've been loving serif fonts lately, here's the serif font alphabet I referenced. 

2. Reuse it

I think that's probably the main point of a Master Grocery List, to have only this one list. If you'd like to do this, you certainly could! You could use a pencil, I used a Blackwing 602 here, or you could use an erasable Pilot FriXion pen (which I love, by the way! They were what helped me ease into using pens). Circle the items you need and X them when you get them! This way you'll be able to use the list over and over again.

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3. Migrate items to your Grocery List

An idea is to circle the items that you need and then migrate them over to your grocery list, for example I use the AnyList app because I share grocery lists with my sweetie, this is the method I use. Once you've added the items to your grocery list, you can reuse the list by erasing all the pencil, hooray!

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Here's a closer look at the Migration symbol.

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4. Color-code your Master Grocery List

I actually really love color, it brings joy to my life. For the last few years I've really enjoyed the subtlety of pastels and couldn't resist grabbing these Zebra Mildliners recently after coveting them for a while. 

I used the pen side to give a simple underline of four different sections:

  1. Fresh
  2. Refrigerated
  3. Shelf Stable
  4. Proteins
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This will add that extra bit of fun. You know how much I love me a simple spread with a touch of color :) It makes me so happy to see this!

One of the major things I've learned about Bullet Journaling is that if your Bullet Journal makes you happy, then it'll inspire you to use it more because you'll feel a real connection to it from all the life you've added into it. :)

P.S. If you're new to the Bullet Journal®, I recommend checking out, it was invented by Ryder Carroll - he's an awesome human that walks you through how to set up your own Bullet Journal with his handy tutorial video that you can check out here!


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Official Bullet Journal Notebook


Staedtler Pen

Pilot FriXion Eraseable Pens

Palomino Blackwing Pencils