Even with a full time job, babies, spouses, pets, meals and sleep. We still need to squeeze some fun into our lives.
Unfortunately, we also have to squeeze in trips to the grocery store.
Time to spend most of our hard earned money dodging shopping carts, weaving around the store, juggling a list…and forgetting things. Every. Single. Time.
Time to make things easier. Grocery stores shouldn’t be a chore, they should be a breeze! So here is my secret to getting in and out of the market without pulling all my hair out!
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Make a pattern.
We all have “our” grocery store. A place within decent proximity of our homes with the best prices or great customer service or good parking, etc… we all have one.
The next time you go, figure out your habits. Which side of the parking lot do you park on? Do you start in the produce section? Pharmacy? Bakery? Do you go up and down every aisle? Just the ones you need?
Make yourself a mental map of how you shop every time.
Once you know your pattern, take a pen and paper. Write down the aisles or sections in the order that you hit them.
Take pictures if you’re not into notes. Make note of what grocery items are in each aisle.
I typed out my list of super market sections in a Word document, saved it to my computer, and printed several copies.
Mine reads in a long column down the left Pharmacy, Baby, Cleaning Products, Dairy, Drinks, Dry Goods, Cans, Jars, Frozen, Meats, Fruits, Veggies, Herbs, etc.
Once you have your lists printed, keep them in the kitchen! I cannot stress this enough.
Keep your lists where the food is! Throw them on the fridge with a magnet, keep them in a drawer, hang them in the pantry (with a pen!).
Have them handy so whenever you run out of anything, you can immediately write it down and you won’t forget it on your next trip.
If you’re going to be making a recipe that you think you’ll remember, instead of pulling out your phone in the middle of the market and searching your Pinterest boards, simply pull them up and write down your ingredients in the pre-determined sections and you know you won’t forget anything.
It will take a while to get into the habit of writing down what you need as you go, but once your mind jumps on board, you’ll always have what you need! And Voila!
I used to type out lists on my phone or jot things down on a pad of paper as we ran out of things. While this worked, I always ended up with my head buried in my list while I made figure eights and ran into about 30 people in the process.
With my new method, I can look down at my categories and know all of the things I will need to grab on the next aisle. I can keep myself engaged in the super market traffic and I never have to double back for forgotten items.
Especially for times that you have a grumpy baby, a toddler tantrum, a hungry family, or you are just ready for bed, this will save your life!
If this sounds like too much work for you, but you’d like to do it, there’s a free downloadable grocery store check list right here!
Good luck and happy shopping!