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 BBQ’s, and everything in between. Whether you just bought a new home or are settling into your first apartment, this grocery list is for you. 

By the way, don’t be worried if the items on this new home grocery list add up to be a little pricey. After purchasing these kitchen staples, your future grocery shopping trips will be far less expensive.

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. 

  • Toilet paper
  • Toilet cleaner and brush
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Ziploc bags
  • Freezer bags
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Stain remover
  • Dishwashing soap and sponges 
  • Dishwasher detergent
  • Windex
  • Stainless steel cleaner 
  • Air freshening spray 
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Floor cleaner
  • Carpet cleaner
  • Swiffer with dry and wet pads 
  • Wax paper, plastic wrap, aluminum foil
  • Light bulbs
  • Post-its and printer paper 
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New Home Grocery List: Every Meal's Essentials

Fruits and Vegetables 

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 these in your shopping cart and you’ll find yourself ready to whip up a nutrient-filled dinner in no time!

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Berries 
  • Grapes
  • Plums
  • Avocados
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Green beans
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Squash
  • Zucchini 
  • Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Cauliflower

Meats and Fish

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. 

  • Deli meats 
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Steak
  • Hamburger patties
  • Hot dogs
  • Ground sausage 
  • Pork chop

Baked Goods 

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. Afterall, what’s breakfast without a bagel and Taco Tuesday without tortilla shells? 

  • Bread
  • Bagels
  • Tortilla shells
  • Pita pockets
  • Dinner rolls 
  • Donuts
  • Cake
  • Cookies
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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 new home grocery list, the possibilities are endless! 

  • Baking
  • Flour
  • Sugar 
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder 
  • Yeast
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs 
  • Shortening
  • Butter 
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles 
  • Cream cheese 
  • Oil
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Yeast

Canned and Jarred Essentials 

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 weeknight meal. Add these items to your new home grocery list, and you’ll be one step closer to a fully stocked kitchen. 

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tuna 
  • Pickles
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pizza sauce
  • Applesauce
  • Soup
  • Beans
  • Chili 

Frozen Food

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!

  • Vegetables
  • Breakfast foods
  • Ice-cream
  • Veggies burgers
  • Frozen meat 
  • Juice
  • Popsicles
  • Dumplings
  • Pizza
  • French fries
  • Waffles
  • Microwavable snacks
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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!  

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • 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. 

  • Salad dressings
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Soy sauce 
  • Sesame oil 
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Steak sauce
  • Mayo or Miracle Whip
  • Jam and jelly
  • Nut butter 
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New Home Grocery List: Personal Items 

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 and conditioner
  • Body wash and lotion
  • Cotton swabs and balls
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Facial cleaner
  • Shaving cream
  • Feminine products
  • Hair styling products
  • Sunblock
  • Body lotion
  • Razors

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? Find a moving company by clicking the button below, and check out our most epic moving checklist in the history of moving checklists!

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