A cart and a mission
Given my hatred for certain chores (read: laundry), it often surprises people when I tell them how much I love to grocery shop. I don’t understand why anyone wouldn’t love to grocery shop. You have a bevy of different choices, which I know stresses out some people, but for me those choices represent an endless possibility of meal ideas, new recipes and excuses to entertain.
Let’s start with the flyers shall we, which are available in a bag at the end of the driveway, if you’re like me, and want to hold them in your hands and browse them over a cup of coffee at the kitchen table, or in convenient online format for the days you need to check for a sale just before leaving work so you can stop at the store for a few things on the way home.
There are two ways to grocery shop in my world, alone or with company. Alone is an absolute treat – no reason to rush, time to compare labels and prices, and no risk of anyone getting impatient or melting down. The alternative is usually enjoyable in its own right, but there is no dillydallying. In and out, stick to the list. Lucky for us, our toddler is a social butterfly, so he often
asks begs to “Go shopping, Mummy!” He especially loves Costco, which I’m certain is entirely to do with the extra-large carts and the samples at the end of each aisle.
A friend and I were chatting the other day about our penchant for buying extras when things we like are on sale, and the fact that our pantry shelves and fridges are always packed. She pointed out that every six months or so she likes to detox her supply and go a couple of weeks sans groceries to lessen the excess and force her family into eating the things they may have been avoiding. Sounds like a brilliant plan to me. Especially with my maternity-leave budget at top-of-mind, I’m starting to challenge myself to go to the store less frequently, make the most of sales and coupons, and get the most bang for my buck each time I darken the grocery-store door.
We all know we shouldn’t go food shopping when we’re hungry, but what other rules do you live by? What are your best grocery shopping tips and tricks?