I was tired of forgetting things at the grocery because I did not know we were out of an item, or couldn’t remember to pick up toilet paper once I got to the store. Have the same problem?
My sweet friend saw my pain, as I attempted to manage a new full time manager job, and run our home. She shared her very organized grocery list with me. I have been forever grateful. Her process was to print it out, hang on the fridge, and then mark what she needed through out the week when it came to her mind, or the item ran out. BRILLIANT!
For five years now, this has worked great for me. I print 10-15 sheets at a time. Cut them in half. I picked up a cute colorful clipboard in the Dollar Spot at Target, and a giant magnetic clip. The list hangs proudly on the side of the refrigerator on the clipboard in the clip, with a highlighter nearby. When a kid finishes the syrup, for example, they have learned (been trained) to highlight the item on the list. (Warning- my kids have been known to highlight everything they want me to get even if we don’t really need it, so I recommend using a different color when it comes time to finalizing your shopping list.)
Recently, list in hand (seriously, I took the picture above on this trip), I actually timed myself from door to closed trunk, to see how long my grocery shopping took. I silenced my phone, grabbed my favorite pen and my list, and got to business. 32 minutes to collect, bag, and load in trunk one week’s worth of groceries. I even had time to have a short chat with the produce manager about their pumpkins. (Disclaimer, there was no line when I went to check out, so that did speed things up. And I had no children in tow.) But still- 6 bags of groceries, full, in and out in less than an hour is an amazing feat worthy of a medal I think. You can do it too. Careful pre-planning is the key. If you are on a budget, this will save you money- for sure, because you will only buy what you need. And if you don’t have a strict grocery budget, if nothing else, it will save your sanity, because, if you use the list, you will stop forgetting what you really went to the store for in the first place. (Bonus, I use it with the kids, assuming they didn’t highlight my whole snack list, and say, “Not on the list!” when they beg for items they see.)
Using my list, and my meal planning process, I am able to make an accurate list. Then all I have to do is walk in, secure the goods and I’m done. Well then there is the bagging, loading, unloading, un-bagging, preparing, cooking, cleaning…. Let’s just tackle the hunting/gathering for today, shall we!
We, modern hunter/gathers, need to stick together. I got your back on this one. And my philosophy is if I can save time at the store, then I can spend it doing something way more fun, like drinking coffee and watching Gilmore Girls. (ok, or playing with the kids or exercising.)
“She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises. She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast for her family and organizing her day. She looks over a field and buys it, then with money she’s put aside, plants a garden. First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.” Proverbs 31