San Francisco Environment Department

Make a Shopping List

Make a shopping list so you buy just what you need. Don’t forget to bring your list with you to the store, along with your reusable bag! Planning ahead prevents impulse buying: 

  • What do you already have?
  • How many meals will you be preparing before your next shopping trip?
  • What do you need, and in what quantity?

Additional Resources

Shopping List Template (Food to Good to Waste/EPA/Palo Alto)  

Mobile Apps/Web Tools (Food to Good to Waste/EPA) - for meal planning, shopping lists, recipes 

Portion Planner (Love Food, Hate Waste) - Web tool for planning portions


Next tip: Shop small.                                               Love food? Shop smart.

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