Bagging Your Own Groceries | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

Grocery shopping is something that must be done, but would be better done efficiently and as infrequently as we can manage. This month I’ll be sharing some of the strategies I’ve found most helpful in my 12 years of intentionally improving my food-management skills. Yesterday: Sort your cart as you go. Grocery Shopping Tip: Bag your own groceries when you can. The “low-cost leader” grocery store in our town, WinCo, saves some of its cost by having customers bag their … Read More

Sort Your Cart As You Go | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

As mothers, we spend untold amount of time making sure our families have food to eat. Let’s look at some ways to take the stress and redundancy out of the process! Yesterday: Kids’ Grocery Shopping Jobs Grocery Shopping Tip: Sort Your Cart As You Go I categorize and sort things by default, by nature, without thinking. Things that are like each other, go with each other. I don’t really even think about it. So I’ve been categorizing my cart as … Read More

Grocery Shopping Jobs for Kids | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

No, I’m not really a glutton for punishment. Yes, I do usually take all five of my children grocery shopping. This week I’m sharing some of the strategies I’ve developed over the years. Yesterday: Tips for Kids at the Grocery Store: Pep Talk Grocery Shopping Tip: Give the kids jobs at the grocery store. One thing that makes grocery shopping with children miserable is their boundless energy being unleashed in a new arena. In addition to giving them a pep … Read More

Tips for Kids at the Grocery Store: Pep Talk | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

Yes, this month we are looking at how to make grocery shopping easier, and I’m actually spending the week encouraging you to take your kids with you! I’m not crazy! You can do it! It can still be simple and easy, even with the kids. In fact, it is because your grocery routine is simplified that you will have enough mental space left to track the kids as well as the list. Yesterday: Reasons to take your kids grocery shopping … Read More

Reasons to Take Your Kids Grocery Shopping | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

It’s easy to collect excess stuff and food in the kitchen and pantry, and it’s easy to lose focus and forget how to set up an efficient kitchen or a useful, healthy menu plan. So, during 31 Days to Simplified Grocery Shopping, we’ll take the necessary steps to simplify and streamline our food-related efforts. Last Time: Create a simple price book.   Grocery Shopping Tip: Take your kids with you. Yes, really. I totally understand why most people opt to … Read More

Recognize a Deal by Creating a Simple Price Book | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

As mothers, we spend untold amount of time making sure our families have food to eat. Let’s look at some ways to take the stress and redundancy out of the process! Yesterday: When to Shop Grocery Shopping Tip: Çreate a simple, portable price book. Have you heard of a price book before? A price book is a log of what items cost at each store you shop at. Usually they are spreadsheets that then you print and put in your … Read More

When to Grocery Shop | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

Set up your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes to simplify and streamline the process. Dinner happens every day. Be ready. Yesterday: Use reusable grocery bags. Grocery Shopping Tip: Shop at the right time. Don’t shop at the same time as the amateurs. My mother-in-law taught me a useful phrase and concept. Once, casually, years ago, she said something like, “I had to go to the store Saturday afternoon, but I do so hate to do that. All … Read More

Reusable Grocery Bags | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

Grocery shopping and all the other related tasks associated with fixing meals for a family takes up so much of our time. Let’s see if we can find some ways that it can take not only less time, but more importantly, less mental effort and energy drain. Yesterday: Paperless Planning Grocery Shopping Tip: Use reusable grocery bags. I like my reusable grocery bags. I also dislike plastic bags. So I do make a concerted effort to remember them when I … Read More

Paperless Planning | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

Let’s continue our look at streamlining the process of menu planning, grocery shopping, and meal preparation! Yesterday: How Often Should You Go Shopping? Grocery Shopping Tip: Keep your planning digital and paperless. I hate losing my papers, or having them crumpled, torn, or used as drawing paper. I am a list maker by nature, and quickly find the papers piling up beyond my ability to sort and organize. So, over the last two years, I’ve been converting all my papers … Read More

How Often Should You Go Grocery Shopping? | 31 Days of Grocery Shopping Made Easy

31 Days to a Better Grocery Plan Set up your pantry, grocery list, menu plan, and dinner recipes to simplify and streamline the process. Dinner happens every day. Be prepared.This month I’ll walk you through the development of a simple, easy, and effective strategy for feeding your family every day. Now that you have your master shopping lists for where you will buy what, it’s time to think about just how often you need to shop to keep your pantry … Read More

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