Going through those sliding glass doors with all the kids, armed with my shopping list and a well-planned route through the store, can be likened to a “mission impossible”. So, when I come home with all the groceries intact and all the children accounted for, it’s mission accomplished!
But, I admit, there are days when I’m willing to forego the thrill of grocery shopping with the kids because, well … it’s safer to stay home. So, my wonderful husband receives that all-too-familiar text message in the afternoon: “Sweetie, can you stop by the store on your way home? Milk, eggs, bananas, chocolate hazelnut gelato.” (Yes, the gelato is for me … don’t judge.)
Here are 5 more ways to get your grocery shopping done without having to buckle any kid in their car seat.
Shop When the Husband is Home
If you like to compare prices or do complicated coupon transactions, it’s probably easier for you to do the shopping instead of sending your husband to run that errand. Even though lines tend to get longer at stores in the early evenings and on the weekends, this is usually the best time for me to go by myself because the hubby is home from work.
Do you have a friend in the same predicament? If you and your friend shop at the same store, perhaps you can arrange a swap, as in “I’ll buy your groceries for you while you watch all the kids, and next week, you can shop while I babysit.”
If you want to avoid going out altogether, let’s remember that you’re living in the age of online convenience. Many grocery stores offer a delivery service. I’ve never done this with our local supermarket but have taken advantage of ordering household items on Amazon, where sometimes, the deals are better than what you can find in the store. Not to mention the nice perk of having everything delivered to your door … and even better if you’re an Amazon Prime Member and you have a 2-day free shipping advantage. [affiliate link]
Shop and pick-up
Maybe you like the ease of purchasing groceries from your laptop but don’t want to fork out the delivery service fee every time. Some stores have begun launching a curbside pickup option for their customers. A friend of mine has taken advantage of this service at her store. She orders everything online and picks up her items at the designated time. And I thought the Starbucks drive-thru window was a genius idea!
Shop Your Pantry
The best way to avoid going out to the store and save money at the same time is to use up what you have. Look through your pantry. Take inventory of your fridge. Come up with a meal plan using the items you have on hand first, and you may find that it’s not necessary to go to the grocery store after all.
… except to get that gelato. :-)
If you have kids, how do you get your grocery shopping done?
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