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How to Grocery Shop for Busy Couples

What sets this grocery list apart from others you might find while scrolling through Pinterest is the the frozens section of the list! Busy people can benefit so much by utilizing the frozen food isles at the grocery store. Below you’ll find the best weekly grocery list for busy couples along with tips and tricks to make your shopping more efficient for the whole week!

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This is the goal

I know what you’re thinking; the obvious goal of grocery shopping is to buy food to eat throughout the week. But there’s a bit more to it.

Let’s break this down: the goal is to buy the food you will use for the week. This means have a plan for what meals you will eat that week. This requires some planning ahead of time. I recommend having a general plan for at least half of your week’s meals before going to the store. This is easier than you think! Weekday breakfasts, for example, are often fairly consistent for busy couples (and if you’re looking for an easy, tasty, nutrition make-ahead breakfast idea, I recommend this breakfast casserole). So with breakfast alone, you have a plan for 1/3 of your week’s meals! Now just make a general plan for half of your lunches or dinners and you’re good to go!

Another layer to buying food to use for the week is the goal of not over buying. We don’t want to waste food by buying too much and letting it go bad. Similarly, have wisdom to not buy something that you won’t eat. Honestly this is harder than it sounds. Recently I bought a bag of kale because I was planning to throw it in a soup; I had the best of intentions, but somehow the same bag of kale was still in my fridge two or three weeks later and it was starting to grow a slimy yellowness and I had to throw it away.

Another goal is to be efficient while grocery shopping. When you’re leading a super busy life you know that this is key to just about everything! It’s the same when you’re at the grocery store. Think about how long it takes to drive to the store, walk around, find what you need, check out, and drive home. And that time adds up, especially when you have to go to the store right after work during rush hour! Keep reading for some tips on how to be more efficient at the store!

Tips for Efficiency

Did you realize that there are a few very simple things that you can do before you go to the grocery store that will keep your shopping and cooking more efficient?

Before you leave your house take an inventory of the things you already have. Below is a great grocery list full of the fresh ingredients that you might need to buy on a weekly or biweekly basis. Another list that pairs well with this grocery list is a thorough pantry list. This list has more long-term ingredients that aren’t on the below list because I recommend you keep a stock of them on hand in your panty. Also this panty list is tailored to those with small pantry spaces, so if that sounds like you, check it out here!

The second tip is to tailor your list to your store. Plan the order of your list to the layout of your grocery store. This prevents you from having to turn around for something on the other side of the store! Zig-zagging through the aisles is the biggest efficiency mistake you can make! By knowing the layout of your store you can create a typical path for yourself that you follow every time you are there to increase your efficiency even more!

Weekly List

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Russet Potatoes


  • Milk
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Butter
  • Cheese (Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella)
  • Parmesan


  • Eggs
  • Ground Beef
  • Salami


  • Frozen Chicken
  • Frozen Mixed Berries
  • Frozen Shredded Potatoes
  • Frozen Broccoli
  • Frozen Bell Peppers


  • Bagels
  • Sandwich bread
  • Tortilla

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