4 Mental Benefits You Get From Making a Shopping List

Kitchen

  • Paper plates
  • Plastic utensils
  • Plastic or Styrofoam cups
  • Can opener
  • Coffee filters
  • Aluminum foil
  • Freezer, sandwich, and snack bags
  • Snacks
  • Bread
  • Meat
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Spices and seasonings
  • Baking supplies
  • Canned goods
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Bottled water

Mental Benefit #4: They Make Us Feel Good

Completing a list is satisfying. Ever finished a to-do list and thought, “Yeah. That’s the stuff. I feel goooooooood”?

Of course you have! It’s human nature.

That’s because your brain literally makes you feel great when completing a task. Even for the smallest of successes, the brain triggers the release of the chemical dopamine which makes us feel elated.

This is one of the reasons where the advice for making a shopping list’s close cousin, a to-do list, is to break tasks down to as many simple ones as possible. Not only does it make the task easier to understand, but all those little releases of dopamine from completing these smaller tasks can greatly help with the motivation to complete your list.

The same goes for shopping lists. If you’ve managed to complete your shopping list in one shop, you’re going to feel damn good about it. Even if you there are some items remaining, you’ll still feel good about the items you have been able to pick up and cross off.

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New Home Grocery List: Fresh Food Essentials

Produce 

Whether you love eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables or can only stomach broccoli with a generous dose of butter, make sure to add your favorites to your new home grocery list. Throw some of these fruits and veggies in your shopping cart and you’ll find yourself ready to whip up a nutrient-filled dinner in no time!

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions

Meats, Fish and Other Proteins

Meat-eaters and seafood lovers, this one’s for you. Whether you’re feeling fresh salmon or just a classic hamburger, this list has got you covered! Remember not to add too much fresh fish and meat to your grocery list, unless you see yourself cooking within three days of purchase! It’s a good idea to stick with longer-lasting frozen meat and fish when you first move-in. 

  • Eggs
  • Deli meats
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Steak
  • Ground beef or turkey
  • Hot dogs
  • Ground sausage
  • Pork chops

Dairy 

Don’t forget these dairy items on your grocery list – cereal isn’t quite the same without the milk! If you’re not a dairy lover, most of these foods can be substituted with a non-dairy alternative. 

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheese slices
  • Yogurt

Bakery

Whether you love your morning toast or really need your favorite cookies to make it through that afternoon slump, be sure to check these items off your list. 

  • Bread, rolls, pitas, or other sandwich preferences 
  • Bagels, English muffins, muffins, donuts, or other breakfast preferences
  • Cookies, cakes, or other dessert preferences

3. How to add items to Alexa shopping list?

Method 1: Add items to Alexa shopping list through the Alexa shopping list app

  • Open your Alexa app.

  • Tap the horizontal lines on the upper left corner for the main menu.

  • Tap Lists > Select your list or use default Alexa list > Add Item.

  • Type the item name, like “eggs” or “milk.”

  • Tap Done.

Method 2: Add items to Alexa shopping list using voice commands

Use the Store Sales Circular

The grocery store's sales circular (online or paper) is a gold mine when it comes to planning your weekly shopping lists. If you have loyalty cards with various grocery stores, you'll have even more tools to help you unlock more sales and deals hidden in the digital version of the store's circular. Here's why a store circular is invaluable in helping you organize your weekly shopping list.

  • Reading the circular lets you know what’s on sale which helps you plan your weekly meals.
  • A circular typically lists whether or not an item has a store digital coupon you can download to your loyalty card to help you lower the cost of your shopping trip.
  • Stock-up sales (for paper, canned, and frozen goods) are typically announced in store circulars that you’d otherwise miss.

Tap Coupon Apps

Many shoppers swear by coupon apps that help them save money. Some of them also help you plan meals. In addition, look into apps that give you free printable coupons.

Keep It All Together

Now that your list is organized, you need to keep it handy along with any coupons while you’re in the store. Take your list, the circular, and only the coupons you need to the store. Clip them all to a miniature clipboard to keep papers together and easily accessible. Or keep coupons in a small, non-bulky envelope-style holder you can easily grab and riffle through even if you’re in the check-out line. It also doesn’t hurt to keep your clipped items in a reusable shopping bag so you won’t forget to take it along.

Organize a List for the Holidays

For special occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and parties you may find it helpful to start with a dish. Write down all the recipes you plan to make, then list all the ingredients. You'll see that some recipes take the same ingredients and you won't need to buy duplicate items.

Cleaning Supplies

  • Trash bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Broom and dust pan
  • Mop and bucket
  • Sponges
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Wood cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Dishwashing liquid

New Home Grocery List: Spice It Up

Spices and Seasonings 

Any new home grocery list would be incomplete without spices and seasonings. These items can take just about any dish to the next level, so make sure you check these items off your shopping list—according to your preferences! 

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Parsley
  • Paprika
  • Italian seasoning
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Dill
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro

Condiments and Sauces

One of the best parts of making a first apartment or new home grocery list is adding in your favorite sauces and condiments. Whether you want to spice up your weekday dinners and or kick up the heat on your weekend eggs n’ bacon, don’t neglect these cooking essentials on your first shopping trip. 

  • Oil (olive, vegetable, canola, sesame, etc.)
  • Vinegar (white, balsamic)
  • Salad dressings
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Pickles
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Tabasco or sriracha sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Steak sauce
  • Mayo or Miracle Whip
  • Jam or jelly
  • Nut butter

List of Useful Alexa Shopping List Voice Commands

In this section of the article, we give you an overview of some of the most useful Alexa shopping list commands to help you control and manage your Alexa shopping list hands-free!

  • Creating a New List: "Alexa, create a list."

  • Creating a Specific Type of List: "Alexa, create a [type of list]."

  • Adding Single Item to Alexa Shopping List: "Alexa, add [item] to my shopping list."

  • Adding Multiple Items to Alexa Shopping List: "Alexa, add [item 1], [item 2], and [item 3] to my shopping list."

  • Removing Single Item from Alexa Shopping List: "Alexa, remove [item] from my shopping list."

  • View Alexa Shopping List on Echo Show: "Alexa, show my shopping list."

  • Listen to Narration of Alexa Shopping List Items: "Alexa, what’ s on my shopping list?"

  • Delete Alexa Shopping List Items: "Alexa, clear my shopping list."

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