Am I the only one out there for whom the weekly shopping trip is like a mini-getaway? Not just me? I didn’t think so. Yes I work full-time outside of the home, yes I spend the week running around like a chicken with my head cut off, and yes, grocery shopping is a chore. But once a week, every week, I get to spend alone time at the grocery store. And by alone time I mean time not with family, not at work, because obviously, Saturday afternoon at the grocery store is a bit of a zoo.
But seriously, when I’m grocery shopping kid free (I love my kids, but the peanut screams because he’s trapped in the cart and the preshus complains because he’s too big to fit in the cart and has to walk) it’s the most peaceful time I can find in any given week.
Grocery shopping speaks to my love of shopping, list making, meal planning, list checking-offing, and providing for my family. It’s two hours of bliss I tell ya.
You know the one thing that I’m both happy and sad about when it comes to grocery shopping these days? That I no longer have to buy Pampers or Easy-Ups because the peanut is now (mostly) toilet trained. And I say mostly because he will stay dry and clean as long as he’s not at home. At home, all bets are still off, but with diligence I can usually get him to the can on time.
I’m thrilled we don’t have to buy diapers anymore because it means that extra money can go to foodstuffs (our grocery budget is very tight), but I’m sad because my babies are all growed up (*sniff*). Although I’m not sad about the man-sized turds that I no longer have to wipe off the peanut’s butt so there’s that…
Some tips I use every week to make my grocery shopping “chore” more efficient and enjoyable:
- I always go with a list. I keep a running list in the kitchen and if it’s not on the list, it doesn’t get bought. (for the most part – I’ll buy something on sale if it’s a good deal for something we normally use anyways – if there’s room in the budget!)
- Know where everything is in the store. There’s nothing I hate more than when my grocery store remodels to make things more “efficient” for its shoppers. It was efficient when I knew where everything was! I hate to double-back. Once you know where everything is you can quickly go through the aisles, even skipping some, to get what you need and get out quickly.
- Schedule a shopping day. I go grocery shopping every Saturday in the morning or early afternoon. If Saturday doesn’t work then I’ll go Sunday morning. Going Saturday morning gets it out of the way and clears the weekend for us to do other really important weekend stuff, like nap… and play video games…
- Pick a store that has everything you need. I rarely make multiple stops on my grocery run. Maybe if I have to go to the Caribbean food store for my goat meat and ox tail, or to Walmart for clothes or shoes for the kids, but I pretty much do all my weekly shopping at the Great Canadian Superstore because they carry everything I need in all my favourite brands. When I can I do shop Joe Fresh for clothes and shoes for the kids, although I often find their selection a bit light (both in selection and in available sizes) for boys stuff, but the quality of the stuff I do get is excellent and it lasts a long time. And cute! Joe Fresh for boys is so cute!
- Look for specials & shopping events that’ll help you save. The thing I absolutely love the most about shopping at the Superstore is that they have a PC Points program that lets you earn points for cash off a future shopping trip. And the points are super easy to earn because they’re tailored to your shopping habits. Just last Saturday I had enough points to cash in for $30 off my grocery bill! I was very happy about that.