Something I love as a mom is hearing what tips and tricks really help you make your household run smoothly. I’m a sucker for great home office organization, or meal planning tips, for instance. But I also love hearing how people make the day-to-day things (like doctor’s visits or the morning routine) work well for them. With our dietary restrictions, we have to shop at a few different places to be able to find everything we use at a good price, so we run a lot of errands. Here’s how I make that work with two little ones.
It is amazing what a basic rundown before you leave will do for everyone’s sanity. I try to time errands after we’ve eaten so that no one is complaining of hunger. We always bring water so no one is dying of thirst in the spicy-hot car. And I always make sure that everyone’s bathroom needs have been addressed before we get in the car, whether that’s a trip to the potty or a diaper change.
Whether the list is on my phone or on a piece of paper, I bring a list. I am the queen of thinking I’m remembering everything but not actually remembering everything, so a list solves that problem. Saves me time, money (not wandering aisles), and back-tracking in the store (which is the deadliest of the shopping sins at my house. Seriously, turn that cart around for something and someone is going to lose it). Never look back.
I’ve always found cart covers a bit too fussy for me, so I never consistently used them. My two munchkins are always off in two different directions unless I corral everyone quickly.
Since my college days, I’ve always got a packet of Wet Ones in my purse, and I give the cart a quick swipe. I’ve found they’re more gentle on your skin than the cart wipes you’ll see in stores–the aloe in the Wet Ones keeps them from drying out your skin and some varieties are even alcohol free. They clean off messy hands, messy carts, kill 99.9% of germs and are hypoallergenic. I don’t need everything in my life to be completely sanitary, but there are some things I just don’t want to share with strangers. On this particular trip, we were actually also picking up some Wet Ones Singles to toss into lunch boxes, bring with us to the park, and stash in the car.
Sophie functions best with consistency. Milo, it happens, does well this way too. I have a consistent route I take through Target on our weekly trips and it helps me stick to my list. It also helps me avoid the “wait! I want to see ___!” fights. We know what’s coming, and it usually doesn’t take more than a quick “well, we’ll be there right after we get ___” to keep everyone calm.
I’m not a die-hard couponer, but I’ve used Target’s Cartwheel coupon app for the last few years. New coupons pop up a few times a week (even for things like fruits and veggies!) and I add them as they come. It takes me just a few minutes to get everything loaded onto my phone and then it’s ready to go. A quick scan at the checkout and done. Target also has a good collection of digital coupons I sometimes print out before leaving the house.
What are your best tips for smooth grocery shopping trips with kids?
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