Good morning everyone! In getting my grocery list made for my latest trip to the store, I wondered…..what does everyone else do?
I often have at least one child along for the shopping
fiasco trip. Here lately, it is usually just little W (4 yrs old), as the older two are in school. He does a great job “helping” and chatting with everyone he sees. He especially favors elderly people, who, in turn, absolutely love that a little one is taking the time to make friends with them. We are normally in and out of the store fairly quickly, depending on the amount of food we need. This has been made possible because I took the time to create a more organized grocery list!
I do most of my shopping at our local Kroger store. I don’t know about you, but I used to show up with my disaster of a grocery list, often running back for things I skipped over or forgot to put on the list to begin with. NOT. FUN. Especially with kids getting antsy. The complaining soon began, and eventually the misbehaving. Insert extra stress. At that time, at least my coupons had some order to them, or I would have definitely pulled all my hair out, leaving the store completely bald.
Then I had the idea. On one of my trips to Kroger, I wrote down, in order, a very brief description of what is in each aisle. This task, of course, made easier by the signs the store has hanging in each aisle. You may get strange looks from other shoppers while doing this. But with a coupon binder and my own bags, the curious looks of strangers no longer phase me.
When I went home, I created a grocery list template. I created sections for each aisle and put them in the order I would travel them in the store. This is the list I use, if you are interested, or would like a starting point. There are 2 lists per page.
The list is printed and hangs on the front of our refrigerator. Any time we run out of something, or need a specific new item, it is added to the list. It makes it easy for hubby and my kids to help make sure we buy everything we need. Genius, right? I sure thought so. I couldn’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner. I’m sure others have a similar system, but, to be honest, I didn’t look around. Some times it’s nice to do things your way 🙂
I can’t say enough how much easier this makes a trip through the store! With my list and coupons organized shopping is much less stressful and so much quicker!
Do you have any tips for grocery shopping? I’d love to hear from you!!