My kiddos go most everywhere with me, including grocery shopping. I know, go ahead and ask – Are you crazy? Aren’t you afraid you’ll lose one of them? The answer is YES, but I take them with me anyway!
Shopping with my kiddos certainly is challenging, but we have some simple rules that we follow to make things easy, as well as time and money saving. Can I share them with you?
Never shop hungry
I try to strategically plan the best time of day so as to avoid unnecessary items ending up in our shopping basket. You know the items about which I am talking – the cookies, snacks, and total junk food. We all know that these items are not great additions to the every day diet, because they are just not healthy. But, we like to keep them out of our cart for another reason, as well… the snacks sure add up quickly and can suck that budget!
Always have a plan
As I mentioned the other day, I typically try to plan for two weeks’ worth of meals at a time. This means my shopping trips usually consist of nutritious ingredients for healthy meals. Now, I’m not generally a “by the list” kind of gal, but a shopping list is a must! I find that if I have a list, I generally stick to it, saving time and money. Protein-rich foods – like milk, yogurt and eggs – are high on the list, and are a part of every meal, as well as fruits and veggies.
Have the kids help
My older kiddos are usually pretty good about helping me keep an eye on the younger kids, but they also help me gather the items from my shopping list. They are just the right height to grab the canned goods off the shelves and throw them in the cart (literally!). So, don’t be afraid to let the kids help… If they are busy helping, they won’t keep asking for this or that!
Don’t give in
Impulse buying is not only the biggest culprit to breaking the budget, but it leads to unhealthy food choices, as well. Don’t grab that bag of chips at the end of the aisle, just because they’re on sale. And certainly don’t give in to your children who are begging for a bag of licorice, or a bottle of chocolate milk! Make a rule – Do not ask mommy for anything. My kids know that one all too well!
Do you have any rules when you are shopping with your kids?