February 3, 2020  

How To Use Evernote For Organizing A Digital Grocery List

Check out this idea for an Evernote grocery list! Learn how to use Evernote to add headings and checkboxes to organize your digital grocery list. It’s simple and free so you can easily keep your list organized on your phone!!


If you’re always forgetting your paper grocery list at home on the fridge or if you simply prefer digital solutions, this post is for you! When it comes to list-making, I’m often a pen and paper kinda girl. But I’ve stuck with our digital grocery list for YEARS now because it’s truly the best method I’ve found to keep our grocery shopping and meal planning organized!

How does a digital grocery list with checkboxes that you can actually check and uncheck with a tap of your finger sound? If that sounds fantastic, then you’re in the right place! Our grocery list has lived in Evernote for years now and I’m here to show you our tried and true system today!

And don’t worry if you’re new to Evernote, it’s simple to use and completely free with both an app and a desktop site. PLUS my method can easily be applied using other types of digital notetaking tools like Notes, OneNote, or Google Docs. But I personally love Evernote because the interactive checkboxes are so handy (OneNote has these, too)!

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Reasons Why I Love My Evernote Grocery List

Psst! Evernote is a free app and website. All you need to do is click here to create an account if you don’t have one already.

1 | Evernote lists are easy to create and update.

You can create an Evernote grocery list in a matter of seconds. Simply open a new note, add bolded headings for each category of the grocery store, and begin adding your grocery needs underneath the headings.

Since I have the Evernote app on my phone and can log in from any computer, it’s easy to add to my list any time I think of groceries we need, no matter where I am.

2 | Evernote syncs across all my devices (and my husband’s!).

Any updates made to a note are synced across all devices. David and I both have the Evernote app on our phones, so we can easily add to our grocery list as we think of things during the week.

This is brilliant because I have a horrible memory, and I never remember all the grocery requests David mentions to me in passing. Now, if he mentions we need an item from the store, I simply remind him to add it to the app if he wants me to buy it when I get groceries next.

We’ve made it a habit in our house to add groceries to Evernote whenever we notice something running low or use up the last of a food item. This way we never forget! And since we always have our phones with us, there’s no excuse not to add things to the central grocery shopping list!


3 | I never forget my list at home since I always have my phone on me.

With my grocery list in Evernote, I never get to the grocery store only to realize I left my list at home on the fridge. My phone is always with me, and I imagine you’re the same way.

This saves me so much time, especially if I wind up making a last-minute trip to the store on the way home from work. And now that I use online grocery ordering and pick-up almost exclusively, the Evernote list comes in really handy when I’m placing our grocery order on Monday morning. I quickly run down the list and add everything to my cart, check out, and pick up our groceries after work that night!

4 | I LOVE the little checkboxes in Evernote.

Like any word processing program, Evernote has a bullet point feature so you can create organized lists. One of the bullet point styles in Evernote are these adorable little checkboxes.

The checkboxes keep my Evernote grocery list organized as I’m making it, but they also come in really handy at the store because you can tap the box with your finger and it will add an actual check mark inside the box. This makes it easy for me to keep track of items I’ve put in my cart so I don’t overlook anything on the list. Then before I check out I can quickly scan through the list and make sure I’ve checked everything off. Just like crossing things off on a paper list only way more convenient!

After I buy groceries, I delete the items I bought so we have a fresh list to add to again for the coming week.


5 | The bold headings keep my list organized.

Once you start a new note inside Evernote, go ahead and add bolded headings based on category of the grocery store. This keeps things nice and organized! Then you can add your grocery items with the little checkboxes as lists underneath each headline.

Here are the categories I use:

  • Produce/Deli
  • Pantry
  • Meat
  • Frozen
  • Dairy
  • Paper/Household

Quick Tip: I also now use this same Evernote grocery list as a place to track any other errands I need to run! I just add bolded headings at the bottom of the grocery list as needed. So I might add a “Home Depot” heading and create a shopping list for an upcoming project underneath. This keeps everything in one central spot!

5 | Evernote is free!

If you don’t already have Evernote, it’s basically a digital notebook. I use it to store all sorts of notes and lists, with my Evernote grocery list being my definite favorite. While there are paid versions, you’ll find plenty of features in the free version (including those snazzy checkboxes!).

Click here to create your own Evernote account.


Quick Tips For Making Your Evernote Grocery List

  • Set up your list with store category headings in bold text (produce, dairy, pantry, etc.)
  • Use this same list over and over, simply delete items off of it after you get groceries so you have a blank template with headings ready to start making your next list.
  • Use the nifty little interactive checkbox bullet points to make sure you have everything when shopping.
  • Share your Evernote grocery list with family members so you can share one central list that syncs to all your devices.
  • In addition to groceries, create extra sections at the bottom of your list for other errands or shopping lists.

I hope this blog post helps you create your own organized Evernote grocery list with checkboxes!

While I will never give up my love for paper, sometimes digital tools like this work best. I personally go back and forth between paper and digital lists, but choose what works for you! (If you do decide to go the paper route, don’t forget to download my free grocery list printable.)

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Have a fantastic day!

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About the author

Emily Counts is the founder of Small Stuff Counts, a home and organization blog she created in 2013. Her goal is to help moms make home life easier so they can create beautiful, organized, and thriving homes. She shares life at home as a mom juggling two young kids and being a working mom with a corporate job. The Iowa-based blogger lives in the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband, two children, and rescue dog. Emily has collaborated with brands including The Container Store, Cricut, Command Brand, Bissell, Sam's Club and Rubbermaid.

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  1. I love Evernote and while I prefer a written grocery list, I do keep an ongoing shopping list on my phone for quick trips to town.

  2. I totally agree with this post! My husband and I use Wunderlist and have a shared Grocery List. We both can add things to it. It doesn’t matter who is doing the shopping that week because we both have the list–I’ve even been known to add things to the list while he is at the store!

    1. That’s awesome! I have never used Wunderlist but often hear it recommended. So smart to have a shared list you both can share.

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