In keeping your life simple, a couple tips on shopping lists. One idea is to have a monthly (or weekly) master shopping list. I used this for years. My list looked like this:
Frozen Bread Dough
Flour – white & wheat
On Sale Fresh Fruit
Mac & Cheese
For a while, I used the app called Grocery iQ. It allowed me to make a list of favorites (this would be my master shopping list), add stores, access online coupons, and more. I still use this to remember what kind of oil to buy for the car and truck, and what size air filter for the furnace/air conditioner.
It was a good app, but because I'm one of "those" couponer and sale-circular shopper, I found it easier to just keep my shopping list and sale items we purchase anyway in notes on my iMail (that syncs to my iPod). It seemed quicker to me to be able to type my list on the computer when I was at home, and while on the go, be able to edit it on my iPod.
Keeping milk and juice in the fridge, healthy & nourishing snacks on hand, and yes, even HelloKitty bandaids in-stock is providing for my family. They may never notice I have them stocked, but they will definitely notice if I don't have the essentials available! Sometimes it's an overwhelming feeling but I stop to trust in God that I'm falling in-line with the example of the Proverbs 31 woman:
She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. (v. 13)
She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. (v. 14)
She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens. (v. 15)
She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household are clothed in scarlet. (v. 21)
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. (v. 27)
Decide how you will organize your time and your shopping list in a style that fits you and provides well for your family.