To all my neighbors you got much flavor…
While this post doesn’t technically have anything to do with the Montell Jordan song from the 90s, I totally have it stuck in my head and SORRY NOT SORRY I’m going to try to bring you down with me.
Lori reached out to me last week asking if I’d participate in a new link-up that she and Ashley are launching today, and I’m happy to be linking there today! Two years ago I would have never thought I could write a post about grocery shopping. But oh man, now there is a lot of strategery involved so I’m happy to share & excited to pick up new tips & tricks!
So tip up your cup and throw your hands up
I’ve shared before about my dinner bin system, which is what makes my weeknight cooking incredibly easy – and I like to keep my grocery shopping exactly as easy.
First let me say: I have tried to get on the “Meal Plan Monday” bandwagon. It seems like there are a zillion bloggers out there who do this. And much love to them, so glad that works. I love a good alliteration as much as (probably more than) the next gal, but that is an epic fail here because I have to do my grocery shopping on the weekends – so I meal plan on Fridays.
And I do it with pretty much one app – Favado.
I’ll never come wack on an old school track
Look, I will never be on Extreme Couponers getting 79 boxes of kitty litter for 32 cents. Mainly because I don’t have a cat. But also because who has the time for that nonsense?
See all of those little categories? The app tells you what is on sale at your favorite stores in each category, and then it matches those sales with any available coupons – that you can then print online. It’s dummy proof. It’s genius. I lurve it.
All hands are in the air, and wave them from here to there
The shopping itself is pretty easy – I try to go solo because hello, that’s a momcation, but that wasn’t in the cards this weekend so G came along.
G was transfixed by these balloons. She said “ba ba ba ba ba” basically the entire time we were there.
A few other quick tips:
Let’s flip the track bring the old school back
- Know your path – If you’re shopping with little ones, you’re on borrowed time. Know your route around the store!
- Keep little hands busy – I let G hold something that I’m buying as long as it isn’t easily breakable/squishable. She held a sweet potato most of this trip and was happy as a clam. This also keeps her from turning around too much to check out what’s in the cart (except for when balloons are involved, obvi)
- Park next to the cart corral – I learned this the hard way. I put G in the car first, and then load the groceries. The first time I did this I realized I was basically stranded. I either had to get my snoozing baby out of the car & go push the cart to the corral or be the person I hate and leave the cart in the parking lot. I chose secret option C which was to flag down a stranger and make him push the cart back for me. He was so pleased.
What do you do to make grocery shopping easier for yourself? Any apps that I need to be made aware of?