I tend to be a little over the top (read: slightly obsessive) over this, but I can't stand running out of anything in the kitchen. I always have my basic staples on hand and stock up on them when there's a sale. Anytime I'm running low on something, I write it on the shopping list.
I used to keep a loose piece of paper stuck to the fridge with a magnet for my on-going shopping list, but the paper kept falling off and getting lost, and the pen kept disappearing. So I ditched that idea and implemented a new way to keep my shopping list up to date. I found a magnetic dry erase board with a corkboard that could stick right on my fridge. Now I always have a writing utensil since the dry erase marker fits in a small plastic holder on the top and it's super easy to add things to the list as I think of them. Then, when it's time to go shopping, I transfer the list to a piece of paper, or, if the list isn't too long, I take a picture of it with my cell phone.
I got mine at Target, but they can be found on Amazon as well. Here's a basic one like I have.
online too and thought it would be perfect for keeping track of everyone's schedules. It also has space for the shopping list and a corkboard to pin things on the bottom. I might have to upgrade soon :)
I love that the categories are divided and all you have to do is put a check by the item you need. When I used this type of shopping list, I would print off several at a time and hang them on my fridge with a magnetic chip clip.
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