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As a busy mom, with 8 kids ranging from 11-26, I get how easy it is to run out of time for even just the simplest tasks. Certain things have to be a priority and other items go to the bottom of the to do list. Prioritizing those tasks that mean you kept the kids alive today and everyone has been fed, clothed, and got where they needed to be is key to keeping your sanity. The rest is just icing on the cake.
One task that can be daunting, is making sure I can get groceries in the house in a timely manner, especially when you have growing teenage boys that eat everything you brought home yesterday. For a long time, I would just go to 2-3 different stores to get most of my groceries which would easliy take 2 hours or more. Then bring it home to put it away to discover I had forgotten something. I also often buy items from Amazon or Vitacost since my local stores don’t carry some of the specialty items I use. So I would have to order and wait for it to arrive.
Having a shopping list with where I purchase items and how much I use has been a life saver making it easier to be sure I don’t forget something. Taking kids into the store with you can also sometimes mean you are not so focused on what you are getting because you have to make sure Suzie or Johnny don’t add some cookies or chips to the cart that you were not planning to purchase.
The other good thing about having a master list of items and places you purchase them can help you with ordering at a store ahead of time for pickup so you don’t have to brave the store with little ones in tow. Before stores offered an order ahead and pickup later, I would be seen with 6 kids in tow going to the store to get our weekly groceries. At that time they were as young as just under a year old. Everyone had a job and a place so I knew where everyone was. Talk about a stressful situation! Even now, with my kids being older, I don’t generally take them to the store with me, but it still takes plenty of time to bring home those groceries and shop.
I discovered a plan that I have tried to see how it would work for me and I am sure it can work for you as well. Shopping Made Simple is a workbook that enables you to make your lists of items and stores whether it is local or online, so you can streamline while automating your shopping to set a plan in place. This allows you to get the products home to take care of your family without pulling your hair out. It will save you money because you will do less impulse buying. Many local stores offer pre-ordering, but you will need to check on cost as well as how much time they need to pull the items you are ordering.
Chrysti has thought of many of the items that I have tried to do over the years, but was not able to successfully implement together before having her workbook. It allows me to have everything in one place and know where to find it vs several different places including in my head.
With school being back in session, simplifying and streamlining shopping will give you more time to devote to helping kids with homework, getting to those sporting events and games, and maybe even give you time for a cup of coffee.
Get your copy of Shopping Made Simple by clicking this link to transform your shopping experience today! I know it will help you, just like it did for me.
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