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Ultimate New Home Grocery Shopping List

The big home 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 planning to do so soon, this grocery list is for you.

While the items on this new home grocery shopping list add up to be a little pricey, purchasing these kitchen staples will make your future grocery shopping trips far less expensive.

New Home Grocery Shopping List: Paper Items and Cleaning Supplies

Whether you love the feeling of clean floors – and the floors in your new home may not be as clean at move in as you’d like – 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.

  1. Toilet paper

  2. Toilet cleaner

  3. Toilet brush

  4. Paper towels

  5. Napkins

  6. Tissues

  7. Trash bags

  8. Ziploc bags

  9. Laundry detergent

  10. Stain remover

  11. Fabric softener

  12. Dishwashing soap

  13. Sponges

  14. Dishwasher detergent

  15. Glass cleaner S

  16. Stainless steel cleaner

  17. Air freshening spray

  18. All-purpose cleaner like Lysol

  19. Wood floor cleaner (if necessary)

  20. Carpet cleaner

  21. Swiffer with dry and wet pads (or a mop and a bucket)

  22. Plastic wrap

  23. Aluminum foil

  24. Wax paper

  25. Parchment paper

  26. Light bulbs

New Home Grocery List: Fresh Food Essentials


Ultimate new home grocery shopping list

Whether you make healthy eating a priority and love eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables or can only stomach broccoli with a generous dose of garlic and butter, make sure to add your favourites 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 your new home in no time!

  1. Apples

  2. Oranges

  3. Bananas

  4. Clementines

  5. Lemon

  6. Lime

  7. Berries

  8. Grapes

  9. Peaches

  10. Plums

  11. Avocados

  12. Tomatoes

  13. Cucumbers

  14. Lettuce

  15. Spinach

  16. Broccoli

  17. Asparagus

  18. Green beans

  19. Celery

  20. Carrots

  21. Potatoes

  22. Peppers

  23. Onions

Meats, Fish and Other Proteins

Meat-eaters and lovers of fish, this one’s for you. If you feel like some celebratory fresh salmon or just a classic hamburger, you’ll be covered throughout this list!

Remember not to add too much fresh fish and meat to your new home shopping list, unless within three days of purchase you see yourself cooking the lot! When you first move in, it is a smart idea to stick with longer-lasting frozen meat and fish, as you may just be too busy unpacking to cook.

  1. Eggs

  2. Deli meats

  3. Chicken

  4. Fish

  5. Shrimp

  6. Steak

  7. Ground beef or turkey

  8. Hot dogs

  9. Ground sausage

  10. 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.

  1. Milk

  2. Butter

  3. Cream cheese

  4. Cheese slices

  5. 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 new home grocery list.

  1. Bread, rolls, pitas, or other sandwich preferences

  2. Bagels, English muffins, muffins, donuts, or other breakfast preferences

  3. Cookies, cakes, or other dessert preferences

New Home Grocery Shopping 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 new home grocery list, the possibilities are endless!

  1. Flour

  2. Sugar

  3. Baking soda

  4. Baking powder

  5. Yeast

  6. Vanilla extract

  7. Shortening

  8. Chocolate chips

  9. Breadcrumbs

Frozen Food Essentials

Amidst the chaos of unpacking in your 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 even healthy meal after a long day of unpacking.

Pro shopping tip: Buying frozen fruits and vegetables is a great way to save money—and they’ll last longer. They have just as much of the ‘good stuff’ as fresh, and at this very busy time of your life may be the better day-to-day option.

  1. Vegetables (peas, green beans, carrots, corn, mixed vegetables)

  2. Fruit (berries, mango, peaches)

  3. Frozen meat (burgers, chicken nuggets, etc.)

  4. Pizza

  5. French fries

  6. Waffles

  7. Ice-cream

Cans, Jars, and Boxes

Your first shopping trip after moving into your new house is the perfect time to stock up on 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.

  1. Breakfast cereal

  2. Rice Pasta and/or spaghetti

  3. Pasta sauce

  4. Canned soup and/or chili

  5. Canned beans

  6. Canned vegetables

  7. Canned tuna

  8. 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.

  1. Snack crackers

  2. Chips, pretzels, or similar snacks

  3. Popcorn

  4. Nuts

  5. Microwavable snacks

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!

  1. Seltzer water

  2. Juice

  3. Soda

  4. Coffee and/or tea

  5. Hot chocolate

  6. Bottled water or water filter pitcher

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!

  1. Salt

  2. Pepper

  3. Red pepper flakes

  4. Parsley

  5. Paprika

  6. Italian seasoning

  7. Chili powder

  8. Curry powder

  9. Cumin

  10. Basil

  11. Oregano

  12. Rosemary

  13. Dill

  14. Ginger

  15. Cinnamon

  16. Garlic

  17. Cilantro

  18. Chinese Five Spice

Condiments and Sauces

One of the best parts of making a 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.

  1. Oil (olive, vegetable, canola, sesame, etc.)

  2. Vinegar (white, balsamic)

  3. Salad dressings

  4. Ketchup

  5. Mustard

  6. Relish

  7. Pickles

  8. Maple syrup

  9. Honey

  10. Soy sauce

  11. Tabasco or sriracha sauce

  12. Worcestershire sauce

  13. BBQ sauce

  14. Steak sauce

  15. Mayo

  16. Jam or jelly

  17. Nut butter

New Home Grocery Shopping 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.

  1. Hand soap

  2. Deodorant

  3. Shampoo

  4. Conditioner

  5. Bar soap or body wash

  6. Facial cleaner

  7. Lotion

  8. Cotton swabs and balls

  9. Toothbrush

  10. Toothpaste

  11. Dental floss

  12. Shaving cream

  13. Feminine products

  14. Hairstyling products

  15. Razors

  16. Band-Aids

  17. Antibiotic ointment

  18. 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 brand-new home.

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