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Whether you’re moving into your very first home, or simply moving somewhere new, nailing the first new apartment grocery list is a must.

With numerous staple items to remember it can feel a little overwhelming to make sure you’ve covered all your essentials on your first grocery haul.

From baking essentials to pantry basics, we’ve got you covered with this complete first-apartment grocery list.

The complete first apartment grocery list

Pantry essentials

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Vinegar
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Chicken/Vegetable broth
  • Cooking oil
  • Jelly
  • Peanut butter
  • Oats
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Candy
  • Chips

Baking essentials

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Yeast
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cocoa powder
  • Almond flakes
  • Dried fruit

Spices & Condiments

  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Chilli powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonaise
  • Siracha
  • Soy sauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Vinegar

Fresh items

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Yogurt
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Meats or Vegetarian alternatives
  • Fish
  • Soda
  • Juices

Freezer items

  • Frozen fruit
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Prepared meals
  • Snacks
  • Ice cream
  • Ice

Toiletries & household supplies

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Bodywash
  • Toilet paper
  • Kitchen roll
  • Resealable bags
  • Garbage bags
  • Sponges
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Plastic wrap
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • Glass cleaner
  • Batteries


Download our free first apartment grocery list printables to make your first grocery haul a breeze.

PDF of first apartment grocery list downloadables

Budget-friendly tips

The cost of stocking up your new place can rack up quickly, don’t fret, we’ve curated some budget-friendly tips for making the most of your money on your first grocery haul for your new home.

Compare prices

The simplest way to make the most of a limited budget is to shop around different stores to find the best prices. Now, shopping around at each store is quite time-consuming so try searching prices on each store’s website to find the best rates.

You may find that different stores have better prices for different products, so if you’re looking to stretch your budget as far as possible, consider shopping at multiple stores for your groceries.

Frozen over fresh

More often than not, you’ll find more volume for a lower price in the frozen section of stores. If you’re looking to stock up on fruit and vegetables then take a look at the frozen alternatives for items such as berries and green vegetables.

Coupons & Loyalty programs

While it’s not guaranteed that you’ll find coupons for the majority of items on your grocery list, even a handful of coupons can reduce your first apartment grocery bill by 10-20 bucks.

Loyalty programs have also been growing in popularity in recent years, with multiple stores offering welcome rewards and regular discounts it’s worth reviewing your local stores’ offers to potentially save a few bucks for your first grocery haul and the future.

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