Sunday, January 15, 2017
This works for me
I am at the age that I need a list to go grocery shopping. I used to be able to remember everything in my head, but those years are long gone. Except for routine things we buy, if anything is needed for a recipe or household supplies, I need to write it down.
I start my grocery list with meal planning for the week. It really does go smoother if I know what every day we will be eating. Friday we go out to eat. Below is our meal plan for the upcoming week.
Usually Sunday nights the young family come over for dinner, but this week son is working and due to different schedules, we'll be watching the kids so we're taking them to Peter Piper Pizza (think on the order of Chuck E Cheese) for a little variety. Usually the family comes over on Wednesday and sometimes I'll send leftovers with them or keep them and use them on Thursday when we watch the wee one. Like to keep Thursday very simple with meal preparation.
A few months back I got the brilliant idea (thank you God) that when we watch the kids Saturday afternoon, we would take them grocery shopping with us for the week. It would serve two purposes. We would get the job done and still have some of the day to do what we wanted and it would help teach our step grand daughter about grocery shopping. When I was her age (11-1/2 years old) I was going to the store alone for my mom or with my brother or sometimes my sister. My mom knew what items cost and she knew how much would fit in a bag of groceries. She gave us a list and the money and we took care of what needed to get bought. We didn't have a car when I was growing up, so oftentimes had to go to the store several times weekly to get what was needed.
To make it seem like "fun" to take our step grand daughter to the store, we decided to "pay" her for her help. We gave her the option of either $5 a week in cash or buying something at the store that cost up to $5. If she purchased an item that was $2.30, then we didn't give her the difference of $2.70. It was either or. Cash upfront or item(s) up to $5. Most weeks she chooses items to buy.
She helps by getting items off the shelf, looking for items, etc., and we are teaching her how to comparison shop, look for the best prices, things on sale, etc. The wee one enjoys sitting in the cart and looking around.
Before I would write my list randomly of what was needed and I could keep track of it as we weaved through the aisles of the store. But having to keep an eye on the wee one and the step grand daughter got to be a bit too much and I found myself having to go back to make sure I got everything on the list.
So I devised a "shop by section" shopping list (which I am sure is very common, I just hadn't searched for one).
And made something similar to this below. Listing the different departments in the order we would "hit" them. Up until this past weekend, I would weekly hand write the categories until I realized I should write one out, print it and be "good to go." So as I'm getting together the list, I write down in the various departments what is needed.
This week's finished list looked like this. There were other things we bought, but things we routinely buy or check out the aisles, like the chip aisle for instance.
As we shop, I cross off the items. It is always a good feeling to get to the end of it :) And I'm always grateful to have the money to be able to by what we need and want.
In case you read the list, under baby when it says "protein x2" it means baby food that has some type of protein (chicken, etc., in it). We keep a supply of baby stuff here, formula, diapers, baby food, wipes, etc., so when we watch the wee one, they don't have to bring stuff with them for his care. So protein x2 would mean two packages (two to a pack) of baby food that would be considered a meal.
This system works for me. A few years ago I wrote a post "the list works if you work the list". I'm too lazy to search it out and highlight it here. But basically if you write down things on the list and use it for shopping, you'll get what you need.
I still believe the list works if you work the list. As long as it is written down, it is purchased. There are still those times when I forget to write something down and think I'll remember it.
And you know that rest of that story.
Do you use a list for grocery shopping?