First Grocery Shopping List

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First Grocery Shopping List

As you all know, we are setting up our condo in Florida soon. I am a great list maker, and have been faithfully using my Essentials For Setting Up a Household list to check off the household necessities.

Now it is time to set up my first grocery shop list. I have complied a first grocery shopping list, and I could use your help to tell me what I am missing.

Baking Products

• Baking Cocoa
• Baking Powder
• Baking Soda
• Cornstarch
• Flour
• Non Stick Spray
• Sugar
• Vanilla

Canned, Jarred, Shelf-Stable

• Canned Fruit
• Canned Vegetables
• Cereal
• Coffee
• Crackers
• Pasta
• Pasta Sauce
• Rice
• Soup
• Tea
• Tuna
• Wine

Cleaning Supplies

• Bucket
• Cleaners (all purpose, soft scrub, bathroom cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner)
• Dishwasher Detergent
• Dishwashing Soap
• Dust Pan
• Fabric Softener
• Garbage Bags
• Laundry Detergent
• Paper Towels
• Rinse Aid
• Sponges
Window Cleaner


• BBQ Sauce
• Jam/Jelly
• Hot Sauce
• Ketchup
• Mayonnaise
• Mustard
• Olive Oil
• Peanut Butter
• Relish
• Vegetable Oil
• Vinegar
• Worcestershire Sauce

Health and Beauty Aids

• Bathroom Tissue
• Conditioner
• Deodorant
• First Aid Kit
• Razor
• Shampoo
• Shave Cream
• Soap
• Toilet Paper
• Toothpaste
• Toothbrush

Refrigerated Basics

• Butter
• Cheese
• Cream
• Eggs
• Milk
• Sour Cream
• Yogurt


• Bouillons
• Cinnamon
• Garlic Powder
• Italian Seasoning
• Nutmeg
• Onion Powder
• Pepper
• Salt
• Seasoning Salt

Wraps and Bags

• Aluminum Foil
• Plastic Wrap
• Sandwich Bags
• Storage Bags


• Batteries
• Flash Light
• Fruits
• Light Bulbs
• Meat
• Vegetables

What are your essentials for a first time grocery shop? What am I missing? What couldn’t you live without that you have in your pantry/refrigerator/freezer that is necessary for day to day living?

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  1. Stephanie B says

    Hair brush, floss, and mouth wash would be on my list. Candles and lighter, just in case the power goes out and the flashlight dies a mysterious death, or you know you run out of batteries. Parchment paper if you do any baking. Napkins if you don’t use paper towels

    • Stephanie B says

      Though my guess is most people are smart enough to pack theit hair brush….I always forget it

      • Ha! I was packing an H&BA personal box for myself yesterday – make-up, toothbrush, meds, etc… and I closed it up. 15 minutes later I opened it up again to put in a … hairbrush. You aren’t the only one that forgets, Stephanie. Thanks!


  2. Chocolate and pop – you know, the essentials!

  3. Tamona Valentine says

    Where is your corn meal and your weather radio? You need parchment paper and wax paper as well. I sure hope you have your emergency wine list in order also.

  4. Tamona Valentine says

    Box wine? Heck naw! I can open a bottle of wine with a screwdriver and willpower lol!

  5. Soy sauce, Kleenex

  6. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Don’t go anywhere without it. Really. Used it at daughters house recently to clean the carpet. Worked beautifully. Watching grandson, looking for something to clean a few spots on carpet, thought about my fave magic eraser, thought, “hmmm… I wonder.” Yep, did a beautiful job!!!

    I’d probably throw in some brown sugar too & oatmeal, but that may just be me. O, and cream cheese.

  7. I don’t think I seen bread on your list or in the comments. And draino always good to have it just in case.

  8. Toilet Plunger!!!!

  9. Don’t forget the paper plates and plastic cups and plastic utensils. You need to use the fine China once in awhile.

  10. Bread & soft shell tortia’s (we eat a lot of black/red bean & rice burrito’s)

  11. Kimberly A. says

    food containers (need something to have to put leftovers in or odd and ends)

  12. I was thinking potatoes.

  13. Coffee and coffee creamer. I have to have it lol

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