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The Ultimate New Apartment Grocery List – All You Need to Buy

New Apartment Grocery List

Now that the movers are long gone, you’ve unpacked some boxes in your new home and are starting to settle in, you are realizing: you need to do some shopping! The first shopping trip is always a little chaotic as you try to remember all of the basics you need for each room — don’t forget the plunger, you’ll definitely need some coffee, cleaning supplies are a necessity, and what about curtains for the bedroom?

Rather than spend hours wandering the aisles of your local stores in your first week, let us help you make sense of your shopping list. Here is our best estimate of the most common things you’ll need to purchase upon moving into your new home. We suggest you print it out and walk around your home with it, crossing off anything you happen to already have, and then the most important part: take it with you when you go out shopping.

Most of these items can be easily purchased at your local Target, a bulk retailer like Costco, or at a well-stocked grocery store. For a quicker option? Order them online through a retailer like Google Express and have them delivered to your doorstep so that you can focus your attention on settling in.

Here’s a printer-friendly version:

The Ultimate New Apartment Grocery List

Paper Products and Cleaning Supplies

Paper Products and Cleaning Supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Sandwich bags
  • Freezer bags
  • Laundry soap
  • Fabric softener
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Window cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Floor cleaner (wood-specific for those nice wood floors!)
  • Furniture polish
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wax paper
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cleaning sponges
  • Light bulbs

Pantry Staples

Pantry Staples
  • Chicken, beef, or vegetable broth
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Pasta sauce
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Whole oats
  • Hot cocoa
  • Tea
  • Lentils and other dried or canned beans
  • Snacks like pretzels, chips and salsa, granola bars, etc.
  • Olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil

Spices and Seasonings

Spices and Seasonings

Depending on how you prefer to cook, you may want some of these items fresh and others in a dry form that you can store on your spice rack. A few essentials include:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Ginger
  • Garlic Powder
  • Chili Powder



Again, some of these items you may need to tweak to your preference, especially if you are a vegan or need gluten-free options.

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking powder
  • Shortening
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Yeast
  • Cocoa
  • Gluten-free flours if applicable

Condiments and Sauces

Condiments and Sauces
  • Salad dressings
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Maple Syrup
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Soy sauce or Tamari
  • Steak sauce
  • Mayo or Miracle Whip
  • Peanut or Almond Butter
  • Jelly
  • Honey
  • BBQ sauce
  • Vinegar (Apple Cider, Balsamic, White, Red/White Wine)

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

In the rush of moving, don’t forget to eat your vegetables. Keep yourself healthy with:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Clementines
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Avocados
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach (or other greens)
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes
  • Squash
  • Mushrooms
  • Grapes
  • Tomatoes
  • Celery


Frozen Foods

Stock your freezer with some of the essentials so you’re always prepared to be well-fed.

  • Vegetables
  • Berries
  • Breakfast foods
  • Ice cream
  • Pizza
  • French fries
  • Veggie burgers
  • Healthy prepared dinners

For the Fridge

Everyone is a little different in this category, so it is best if you determine which grocery essentials you use on a daily basis and make your own list here. Milk, eggs, and other perishable items like butter and yogurt might be a good starting place. While you’re at it, do you have all of the proper utensils for cooking? If you didn’t bring everything from your previous house, you might want to check before you settle in to cook your first meal.

Baked Goods

Baked Goods

If you eat baked goods, stock up:

  • Bread
  • Bagels
  • Tortilla shells
  • Pita pockets
  • Sweet treats



If you eat meat, you will need to add the items you like here. You may want to buy some of them frozen if you don’t anticipate cooking them immediately.

  • Chicken
  • Shrimp
  • Fish
  • Ground beef or turkey
  • Breakfast sausage
  • Lunch meats



In most cases, you will likely be bringing all your personal care items with you. However, if you are starting from scratch, you will want to include:

  • Deodorant
  • Bath and hand soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Fresh toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Cotton swabs and balls
  • Facial cleaner
  • Feminine products
  • Floss
  • Moisturizer
  • Shaving cream
  • Razors
  • Bandaids
  • Gauze
  • Lip balm
  • Sunblock

Before you set off on an epic shopping adventure, be sure to clarify your budget needs so that your spending stays within your established limits. For bulk purchases like toilet paper and rice, consider buying in large quantities from a wholesaler to save and stock up!