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Lesson 3: The Shopping List
We all know that grocery shopping with little ones is stressful enough. Adding a disorganized shopping list to the matter certainly doesn’t help. So in today’s lesson I’m going to show you how Plan To Eat helps you to make the most of your time in the gauntlet of fire – aka grocery store.
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A Few Tips
Have a shopping day. I’ve found it extremely helpful to have one day a week when I do my grocery shopping. For us, that day is Sunday. It helps me to know that each week I can reset and start fresh. Even if my meal planning fell apart the previous week, Sunday is a clean slate.
Make shopping special. Since I shop on Sunday morning (we go to the late service at church, so it’s a perfect non-crowded time to go) and my husband is at home, I usually try to take just one of the kids. They get pretty excited about the one on one time, even if it is the grocery store.
(That’s my son pushing the cart. He was so proud he could do it himself. The looks from other shoppers were hilarious, though, because it took them awhile to figure out how my cart was moving!)
Shop in order. Organize your shopping list by your grocery store’s layout and not by the food category. I used to just make my shopping list according to what the items were, but after awhile I realized I was still roaming back and forth a lot at the store. So I started reorganizing my list to reflect where my store kept items. It has hugely reduced the amount of backtracking I have to do.
Send older kids on missions. In the summer, I do usually take all my kids to the store. My older kids are big enough for me to send on special “missions” – aka to get the items I forgot on the previous aisle. This is helpful for me and really fun for them. We have even brought along walkie talkies so that I could ask them to get various items.
Don’t shop hungry. I’m sure you’ve heard it before, but if you shop when you’re hungry, you’re likely to buy more and you’re also likely to be crankier with the kids. If we are hungry when we go to the store, I always let my kids buy either a piece of fruit or a healthy snack (Clif, Luna and Kind bars are their favorites) before we start shopping.
1. Tweak and adjust your shopping categories. Make sure your Plan To Eat shopping list lines up with the way your grocery store is laid out. This will make your shopping trip go much more smoothly.
2. Make your first shopping list from your meal plan. If you have a smart phone, try the list out on your phone and make a bookmark of the PTE site so that when you get to the store, you’ll be ready to go. If you don’t have a smartphone, print out your shopping list.
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