The Ultimate New Home Grocery Shopping List
The move is over, but before you can settle in, you’re going to need this ultimate new home grocery list! If you check everything off this list, you’ll have a fully stocked kitchen ready for birthday parties, summer BBQs, and everything in between. Whether you just bought a new home or are settling into your first apartment, this grocery list is for you.
While the items on this new home grocery list add up to be a little pricey, purchasing these kitchen staples will make your future grocery shopping trips far less expensive. Bonus: you may have already purchased some of the items before your move (especially if you’re following our First Apartment Checklist!).
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New Home Grocery List: Paper Items and Cleaning Supplies
Whether you love the feeling of clean floors or just want to make sure you can use your dishwasher on the daily, make sure to check these items off your new home grocery list.
Glass cleaner like Windex
Stainless steel cleaner
Air freshening spray
All-purpose cleaner like Lysol or Mr. Clean
Wood floor cleaner (if necessary)
Swiffer with dry and wet pads (or a mop and a bucket)
New Home Grocery List: Fresh Food Essentials
Whether you love eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables or can only stomach broccoli with a generous dose of butter, make sure to add your favorites to your new home grocery list. Throw some of these fruits and veggies in your shopping cart and you’ll find yourself ready to whip up a nutrient-filled dinner in no time!
Meats, Fish and Other Proteins
Meat-eaters and seafood lovers, this one’s for you. Whether you’re feeling fresh salmon or just a classic hamburger, this list has got you covered! Remember not to add too much fresh fish and meat to your new home grocery list, unless you see yourself cooking within three days of purchase! It’s a good idea to stick with longer-lasting frozen meat and fish when you first move-in.
Ground beef or turkey
Don’t forget these dairy items on your grocery list – cereal isn’t quite the same without the milk! If you’re not a dairy lover, most of these foods can be substituted with a non-dairy alternative.
Whether you love your morning toast or really need your favorite cookies to make it through that afternoon slump, be sure to check these items off your new home grocery list.
Bread, rolls, pitas, or other sandwich preferences
Bagels, English muffins, muffins, donuts, or other breakfast preferences
Cookies, cakes, or other dessert preferences
New Home Grocery List: Basic Kitchen Staples
Whether you’re a baking expert or find your cookies consistently burnt, it’s a good idea to have some baking staples on hand. With these items, you’ll be prepared to make homemade muffins when the craving calls or simply add some flour to an amazing homemade teriyaki sauce. With these essentials on your new home grocery list, the possibilities are endless!
Frozen Food Essentials
Amidst the chaos of unpacking your first apartment or new home, you’re going to want plenty of frozen food on hand. Make sure to add these foods to your new home grocery list, and you’ll be ready to prepare a quick, easy, and yummy meal after a long day of unpacking. Still need to move some leftover freezer items from your old home? Make sure to follow these steps for packing food for your move!
Pro shopping tip: Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money—and they’ll last longer.
Vegetables (peas, green beans, carrots, corn, mixed vegetables)
Fruit (berries, mango, peaches)
Frozen meat (burgers, chicken nuggets, etc.)
Cans, Jars, and Boxes
Your first shopping trip after moving into an apartment or house is the perfect time to pick up some canned and jarred items. These pantry gems will stay safe to eat for ages and are the perfect addition to a quick and easy weekday meal. Add these items to your new home grocery list, and you’ll be one step closer to a fully stocked kitchen.
Pasta and/or spaghetti
Canned soup and/or chili
Chicken, vegetable, or beef broth
With all the meal planning you may be doing, you don’t want to forget some snacks on your new home grocery list! Of course, you have your favorites, but here are a few items to get you started.
Snack crackers (Cheez-Its, Goldfish)
Chips, pretzels, or similar snacks
Microwavable snacks (think Bagel Bites, Hot Pockets)
You might be just fine with tap water. If not, don’t forget to add some drinks to your new home grocery list before you get too thirsty!
Coffee and/or tea
Bottled water, or water pitcher and filter
New Home Grocery List: Spice It Up
Spices and Seasonings
Any new home grocery list would be incomplete without spices and seasonings. These items can take just about any dish to the next level, so make sure you check these items off your shopping list—according to your preferences!
Red pepper flakes
Condiments and Sauces
One of the best parts of making a first apartment or new home grocery list is adding in your favorite sauces and condiments. Whether you want to spice up your weekday dinners and or kick up the heat on your weekend eggs n’ bacon, don’t neglect these cooking essentials on your first shopping trip.
Oil (olive, vegetable, canola, sesame, etc.)
Vinegar (white, balsamic)
Tabasco or sriracha sauce
Mayo or Miracle Whip
Jam or jelly
New Home Grocery List: Personal Items
You may already have many of these items on hand. If not, you definitely don’t want to neglect the personal care section of your local grocery store. These final items on our new home grocery list will ensure that your bathroom has everything you need to stay clean and look great, too.
Bar soap or body wash
Cotton swabs and balls
Hair styling products
Anti-inflammatory such as Advil
Once you pick up all the items on this ultimate new home grocery list, you’ll be ready to settle into your first apartment or brand new home. Haven’t made the big move yet? Check out our most epic moving checklist in the history of moving checklists!