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 shopping 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 printable 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!).

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 grocery list. 

  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • Paper towels
  • Napkins
  • Tissues
  • Trash bags
  • Ziploc bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Stain remover
  • Fabric softener
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Sponges
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Glass cleaner like Windex
  • Stainless steel cleaner
  • Air freshening spray
  • All-purpose cleaner like Lysol or Mr. Clean
  • Wood floor cleaner (if necessary)
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Swiffer with dry and wet pads (or a mop and a bucket)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum foil
  • Wax paper
  • Parchment paper
  • Light bulbs
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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!

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers
  • Onions

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 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. 

  • Eggs
  • Deli meats
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Steak
  • Ground beef or turkey
  • Hot dogs
  • Ground sausage
  • Pork chops


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. 

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheese slices
  • Yogurt


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 list. 

  • Bread, rolls, pitas, or other sandwich preferences 
  • Bagels, English muffins, muffins, donuts, or other breakfast preferences
  • Cookies, cakes, or other dessert preferences
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New Home Grocery List: Basic Kitchen Staples 

Baking 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 grocery list, the possibilities are endless!

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Yeast
  • Vanilla extract
  • Shortening
  • Chocolate chips
  • Breadcrumbs

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 shopping 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.)
  • Pizza
  • French fries
  • Waffles
  • Ice-cream

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. 

  • Breakfast cereal
  • Rice
  • Pasta and/or spaghetti
  • Pasta sauce
  • Canned soup and/or chili
  • Canned beans
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tuna
  • Chicken, vegetable, or beef broth

Snack Staples

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
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts 
  • Microwavable snacks (think Bagel Bites, Hot Pockets)

Beverage Central

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
  • Seltzer water
  • Juice
  • Soda
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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! 

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Parsley
  • Paprika
  • Italian seasoning
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Dill
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Cilantro

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)
  • Salad dressings
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Pickles
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce
  • Tabasco or sriracha sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Steak sauce
  • Mayo or Miracle Whip
  • Jam or jelly
  • Nut butter
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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. 

  • Hand soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo 
  • Conditioner
  • Bar soap or body wash
  • Facial cleaner
  • Lotion
  • Cotton swabs and balls
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental floss
  • Shaving cream
  • Feminine products
  • Hair styling products
  • Razors
  • Band-Aids
  • Antibiotic ointment 
  • Anti-inflammatory such as Advil

Once you pick up all the items you need on this ultimate new home grocery shopping 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!

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Comments (10)

I just stand in front of grocery store and i check this list . it helps alot

Thank you!! With the Coronavirus Pandemic and needing to limit trips to grocery store, this and a 1 or 2 week Menu helps us reduce our risk of exposure!! We just copy and pasted the text into a spreadsheet!

Thank you for this! We lost our home to a fire and are starting from scratch. This has taken a lot of the pressure off of trying to remember everything we need.

Helpful article I read the twisted time.

You've paid a lot of attention to sauces in your list. You must be a sauces' lover :)

Loved This. Needed it and helped me move to a whole different state comfortably

BACON!!! :)

You missed the fact that I have no money.

Thanks for sharing this list with us. It sure is useful especially for the one’s with first trip. We usually forget what we came to buy or we simply have no idea what needs to be there in storage so for them this list can be their shopping partner.

I would think that the best shopping list for a person who is newly moving into a home would be no list! Think slowly through each room and get the bare essentials ONLY. Anything else might end up being left on the shelf and untouched if you're not sure about whether you need it!