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What Groceries Should You Buy for Your New Home? (With Printable List)

Having moved into a new home multiple times, even across continents, I can tell you the first grocery shopping is the hardest and the most expensive one. After moving into your new home, it’s time to stock up the fridge and pantry with items on your grocery list.

There’s a high chance that you didn’t carry a lot of food to your new home. Most people prefer to use up what they have as the moving date approaches. It’s a new beginning and a fresh start in the kitchen.

So, what groceries should you buy for your new home? Below are the items you should include on your grocery list:

  • Canned and Packaged Food
  • Snacks
  • Baked Goods
  • Beverages
  • Spices
  • Condiments
  • Frozen Food
  • Fresh Food
  • Meat, Poultry, and Seafood
  • Dairy
  • Baking Essentials
  • Household Items
  • Personal Items

In this article, I’ll share the list of groceries you should buy for your new home. I’ll also include a printable version for your convenience. You can download the list below and take it to the store with you. It’ll save you a lot of time!

1. Canned and Packaged Food

Canned and packaged foods are the staples you need to fill up your pantry. These items last for a long time and come in handy when you run out of dinner ideas. It’s called “Pantry Cooking” –  yes, it’s a thing! Below is the list of canned and package foods you should include on your grocery list.

  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Fish (Tuna or Sardines)
  • Canned Soup
  • Broth (Vegetable, Beef or Chicken)
  • Cereal or Oatmeal
  • Lentils

2. Snacks

Snacks are essential to keep in the kitchen, especially if you have kids or host parties often. It’s the go-to comfort food for most people, but make sure you don’t overdo it and stick to healthier options. Below are a few snack ideas to include on your grocery list.

  • Pretzels
  • Chips and Crackers
  • Popcorn
  • Granola bars
  • Dried fruits
  • Nuts

3. Baked Goods

If you’re on a keto diet, the bakery section is not the best place to hang around at the grocery store. But, if you’re not counting your carbs and enjoy pairing it with your meals, you should add the baked goods below to your grocery list.  

  • Bread
  • Rolls
  • Bagels
  • Muffins
  • Cookies

4. Beverages

Mornings without a cup of coffee can be a rough start! Or you may choose to opt-in for a lower-caffeine option like tea. Beverages are essential items, and you should include them on your new home grocery list as well.

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Bottled water
  • Juices (Orange, Apple, Cranberry, etc.)
  • Seltzer

5. Spices

Spices can make or break any meal, so use them wisely! I included the list of most popular spices below, and you can choose according to your taste buds.

  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Chili Powder
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric

6. Condiments

Condiments are the longest-lasting items in your pantry. It may get pricy to buy all of them at once, but once you have them, you’ll be set for a while. Below are the most popular condiments to include on your grocery list.

  • Olive Oil
  • Cooking Oil (vegetable, canola, sesame, avocado, etc.)
  • Vinegar
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Soy Sauce
  • Hot Sauce
  • Salad Dressing
  • Pickles
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Steak Sauce
  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey
  • Jam or Jelly
  • Nut Butter (Peanut, Almond, Cashew, etc.)

7. Frozen Food

Stocking up your freezer with frozen foods is a great idea, especially at your new home. The move may be over, but there’ll be long nights full of unpacking adventures, and quick pizza dinners come in handy. An additional advantage is frozen foods last in the freezer for a long time!

  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Frozen Meat (Burgers, Chicken nuggets, etc.)
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Pizza
  • French Fries
  • Waffles
  • Pancakes
  • Ice-cream

8. Fresh Food

Moving into a new home doesn’t mean you have to eat frozen or processed food for a long time. Make sure to include fresh vegetables and fruits on your grocery list as well.

When it comes to buying produce, one tip I can share is to shop with seasons. You’ll get the most delicious fruits and vegetables at the lowest price when you buy them in season. Also, stay away from the pre-cut fruits because they are costly and full of preservatives to prevent them from going soft and brown.

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Berries
  • Tangerines
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Avocados
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Onions
  • Garlic

9. Meat, Poultry, and Seafood

Protein is an essential part of any diet, so you should include it on your grocery list. Make sure to check the expiration dates, though, because fresh meat, seafood, and poultry don’t last for a long time.

When you move into a new home, you may not cook big meals for at least a few nights. It’s better to buy fresh meat, poultry and seafood when you have a meal plan and consume it in a couple of days.

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Steak
  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Turkey
  • Eggs
  • Cold Cuts
  • Sausages
  • Hot Dogs

10. Dairy

Breakfasts don’t taste the same if you’re missing dairy in your fridge. I included the most popular dairy products on the list, but you can substitute them with your favorite products if you’re on a dairy-free diet.

  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cream
  • Cheese (Whole or Sliced)
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Yogurt

11. Baking Essentials

Baking essentials are on the list for anyone who likes to bake their own cookies, brownies, muffins, and even bread. A new home means a new kitchen and an oven, so it may take a while to get used to them, but it’s worth the effort for a delicious home-baked good.

  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Sugar (White or Brown)
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Yeast
  • Shortening
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Brownie Mix
  • Cocoa Powder

12. Household Items

What makes a new home functional are the household items, and below you can find the list of items you’ll need in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room.

  • Paper Towels
  • Napkins
  • Tissues
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Air Freshener
  • Sponges
  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Dishwasher Detergent
  • Trash Bags
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Wax Paper
  • Parchment Paper
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toilet Cleaner
  • Toilet Brush
  • Shower Curtain
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Fabric Softener
  • Stain Remover
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner
  • Carpet Cleaner
  • Mop
  • Light bulbs

13. Personal Items

Moving is not an easy task, and at the end of the day, you need to take care of yourself as well. Below is the list of personal items you’ll need to look great and feel great in your new home.

  • Hand Soap
  • Body Wash
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Lotion
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Cotton Balls
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Shaving Cream
  • Razors
  • Fem-Hy Products
  • Hair Gel
  • Hair Spray
  • Lip Balm
  • Band-Aid
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Cold Medicine
  • Pain Reliever


In this article, we covered all the essential items you need on your new home grocery list. Moving into a new home is very exciting and tiring at the same time.

Starting fresh with a new kitchen in need of groceries can be overwhelming. That’s why I created the new home grocery list to help you stock up your fridge and pantry without taking multiple trips to the grocery store.   

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Eril is the founder of He has over ten years of experience in the consumer goods industry. He launched many successful products for major brands sold at retailers like Walmart, Costco, Amazon, Target, Kroger, Publix, and more.

He likes to write and share his experience with others. Outside of work, you can find him at a hiking trail in New England or playing soccer with his kids.

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