Help with ideas for groceries template

A while ago I made a template for my shopping list, which included 10 squares with a category so that the list would be more neatly organized, and sort of in accordance to the aisles of the store I frequent.

The current categories I have are:
Produce
Bread and coffee
Frozen
Drinks and snacks
Spices and candy
Pastas and canned goods
Eggs and dairy
Condiments
Fish, meat and poultry
Others

After a few months of use, I've noticed several details and want to redesign it, so I would appreciate some pointers.

Issues I've detected
* The "Produce" section is often crowded, so I probably need to assign it a bigger square (yay for me, now eating lots of veggies!).
* I always include coffee, tea, jam, peanut butter, and cereal in the "Bread and Coffee" category, just because they are placed nearby in the aisles. Suggestions for a better name for this category, since it is only clear for me?
* I don't purchase snacks, spices, candy, and condiments frequently. The squares are usually empty. I'd like to merge this into a single category, but can't think of a proper name. I'm still not sure I'll be merging all of them into one, or a couple of categories, since these items are usually spread all over the store.
* The "Others" category is usually filled with stuff like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, laundry detergent. Sometimes I use it to write medicines or special infrequently purchased items like tupperware. Any name more suitable for this section?

What categories do other people who categorize their groceries use?

Currently my template is in Spanish, but if there is interest, and categories make sense to more people other than me, I might post it once I improve it.

Thanks

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Hi.

I use 'dry goods' and 'canned goods' and 'paper/plastic'. Dry goods are for things in boxes, canned goods are for things in cans and jars. Paper/plastic covers all the paper goods, plastic utensils. I also use 'bread' for the bread, buns, tortillas, etc. I use household for cleansers, durable goods, misc bits.. I use Laundry for all the soaps and bleaches and dryer sheets.. I use Baking for spices, flours, sugars, etc.

I use a lot of categories. I don't make a blank template for hand writing, though. I made a spreadsheet with all the stuff I usually keep around and print that. Then I inventory the whole house (have vs need). I go back to the soft copy at that point and copy all the 'need' to a separate page, then sort and print that for my list at the store. I only go shopping like this once a month. The rest of the time I just jot down a few things on a plain sheet or even a sticky, since the only thing we get the rest of the time is milk and produce, generally.

shris

What makes sense

Use a heading that makes most sense to you and how you find things in the store.

* I always include coffee, tea, jam, peanut butter, and cereal in the "Bread and Coffee" category, just because they are placed nearby in the aisles. Suggestions for a better name for this category, since it is only clear for me?
What about "Breakfast supplies" as all of those things can be eaten at breakfast

* I don't purchase snacks, spices, candy, and condiments frequently. ... I'm still not sure I'll be merging all of them into one, or a couple of categories, since these items are usually spread all over the store.
Perhaps "spices and treats"?
Or you could name it "sugar and spice" ;)

* The "Others" category is usually filled with stuff like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, laundry detergent. Sometimes I use it to write medicines or special infrequently purchased items like tupperware. Any name more suitable for this section?
I would call it "Cleaning and Other" as most of the laundry and bathroom items are about cleaning something or someone.

I use more than one store to shop which why my shopping categories are these
* Greengrocer (this is for fresh vegetables and fruit)
* Tea (this gets a category all its own as I buy it from a tea supplier)
* Baker
* Meat
* Carbs (pasta, etc)
* Tinned (any food in a tin/can)
* Sauces and seasonings (this includes all spices, herbs, condiments, etc)
* Chilled (anything for the refridgerator not covered in the other categories. eg. cheese, margarine)
* Frozen
* Drinks (includes milk, coffee, softdrink, fruit juice)
* Washing & cleaning
* Extras

Catorgorise using web merchants?

I created a similar list when playing with OmniOutliner from the Omni Group (it came pre-installed on my MacBook). To fill out my master shopping list I used several UK supermarkets' online shops, e.g. Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Tesco. These served as reminders of occasional/seasonal stuff that I would otherwise have forgotten. The idea being to set the tick-box on the outline and then to print only "selected items".

My biggest difficulty was deciding on the heading for pastas and rice; should it be Pastas and Rices or something more generic like Dry Goods. In the end I settled on Dry Goods because other similar things ended up in the same category.

Other categories didn't seem so troublesome, Vegetables, Salads, Meat, etc. Though you might disagree with where some things appear on my list.

However, I have long thought that a better shopping list format follows the physical layout of the shop where I plan to go. I tend to walk the ailses methodically anyway so having an "item map" would be really useful.

Within reason the shop layouts never change; threw me recently when my local Sainsbury's messed with their chesse section --- it became larger. :-) If I go for the physicallity model then I'd need one per shop but perhaps that's not too difficult to produce if I stored the info in a database/spreadsheet. When new shops open (as will happen in my locality next month) it would require a new attribute or column. The occasional alterations in layout would be tedious to input but the companies do not do it that often. But, of ocurse, these would be specific to each person and to each shop.

If only they would here

Within reason the shop layouts never change; threw me recently when my local Sainsbury's messed with their chesse section --- it became larger. :-)

You lucky reepicheep! I wish they layouts would stop moving here. My local Woolies changes the location of at least one category of food every 2 to 3 months. And often they completely reorganise what goes with what - the latest change has the prepackaged Mexican and Indian sauces in the middle of the laundry section, while the canned fish is with the chocolates.

*sigh*

Thanks a lot for your feedback

There are some really good ideas there. I was straining my imagination for naming stuff...

I always shop in the same store, which is why my template is kind of customized to the order in which I shop around it, given its layout. While most stores have similar layouts, there is the occasional one that really throws me off.

General / Specific

I have a general grocery list that I use and write in what I am needing specifically on it

some times this has to do with what coupons I have (some times I pick the generic because it is cheaper than with the coupon) some times it is just the brand that I like (I can not stand generic peanut butter but there are generics I love)

once I have found brands that I like I might put them in permanently into the list under the proper catagory with a check box next to the item so that I know I need it

I then cross off the items on the list when I am at the store as I get that item