Do you meal plan first then make the list of items needed or do you meal plan according to the food that are in your pantry and cabinets?
I think both methods are valid. I imagine that planning meals according to the foods on hand would be cheaper, but maybe not?
Now we all have those staple items that we want on hand at all times, if possible. Those will differ according to our personal tastes. I love Rotel or store brand versions. You may not.
So how do you shop?