Ever have one of those days where you are shopping at the grocery store for the week and your children make half an hour feel like 3 hours?! Even with help from my beloved husband (who really just served as the cow dog) I had to make sure I took a second on each isle to be sure I wasn’t missing something from my list.
How to survive a grocery store visit and leave with your sanity and some of your money?
Go with a list. Sort it into Produce, Cold, Frozen and Dry or Other. If you have the ability to sort by isle based on the store you are shopping at it is even better! If you there is an App you like to use for your shopping list that is fine. I prefer to use the Notes App on my phone to make my list so that I never leave it at home and it has most of my repeat items already. The only drawback to this is that sometimes my boys want to help with the list and I am not willing to let them hold my phone which has the list (to save paper).
Most people would say only to buy what is on your list but honestly, if something is on sale that you didn’t plan on getting and is something you could plan to use in your meal plan the following week, why not get it then.
My kids already know that I will not allow them to “add to the list” from the things at their eye level. You are sure to get things that are not healthy and are over your budget if you let them do that.
I think that it’s a good sign if at least half of your cart is filled with produce.
Don’t forget the kids when you leave though!