what day do you do your full shop? do you have to take the kid/s? how do you manage it?
dh originally shopped on a sunday morning - took the kids and did it, meal planned, wrote list, unpacked it all. i stayed home and caught up with housework. i havent had to do a full shop with both my kids - ever.
now dh is not able to because of other comitments for work and it is left to me to do during the week, with the kids. no i dont have any help.
we have things on every morning for my toddler and she is used to doing these things. both my kids have their sleep in the arvos.
grrrr i hate grocery shopping!!!!! hence why i got dh to tak care of it lol. karma's a biatch!
any tips? besides doing it online.
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19-09-2013 15:01 #1Senior Member
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For those that DO NOT shop online for groceries...
19-09-2013 15:13 #2
I meal plan, write the list then DH takes DS with him on a Sunday morning. I use that time to catch up on housework. Pretty much like you really.
19-09-2013 15:24 #3Member
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I usually shop on Mondays but usually only with 1 child? My DH usually watches the other one.
I get in do the groceries and get out as quick as I can. I HATE doing the groceries, they do have trolleys that cater for 2 children however I'm not brave enough to test it!
i know it sounds terrible but could you do it at night? Your DH can watch kids while they are in bed? Might be better than taking 2 children grocery shopping? Also depends how old your children are? Mine are both little.
19-09-2013 15:27 #4
How was he able to do it with both, but you can't? Did their sleep schedules and activities change too?
I honestly don't do a big shop anymore. I stopped about May this year, because I was finding that all the stuff I planned to eat, I didn't end up using. I finish work at 5.30, arrive home about 6.30... some days, I don't want to cook at all, or I want something much easier/quicker than I had planned... so mostly, I buy a few things for dinner every few nights... so I might grab enough to make 3 meals. I'll top up on bread and milk and those things too. On those trips, I'll also grab a few of the other things we've run out (like toilet paper, sauces, etc). It works out better and less wasteful for us.
19-09-2013 15:31 #5
I sometimes do it with both kids (3.5years and 10mths). I meal plan and do a list the night before and try to pick a time where neither are too tired. If its snack time/lunch then they just eat while we are there (in the trolley). My 3yo is a great helper and the 10mth old is happy just looking around/playing with any non breakable groceries.
If your kids aren't great at the shops then may e you could do it quickly one night when your DH is home to watch them?
19-09-2013 15:34 #6
I only have 1 kid so its easier for me but I always go Tuesday mornings and we meet friends in the park across the road from the shops and having morning tea first then go to butcher, fruit shop, deli and then again Friday mornings after soccer ( seafood, butcher, organic shop )and there is an IGA on the way home we go into if I need supermarket stuff or DH office is next door to a fruit shop and IGA so I get him to bring home anything I've forgotten !
All the shop keepers know DS and he knows them all by name so its fun for him to go visit Tracy the fruit shop lady or Bob the Butcher!
19-09-2013 15:34 #7
I bribe DD with food (granted, I only have one child to do it with) but try to involve her as much as possible, like spotting foods, ticking off the list (she just pretends, but feels important). Perhaps give each kid two things that they have to keep an eye out for around the supermarket? Also there's an app called 'shopshop' which keeps a list of everything you need to buy so you don't forget things and have to backtrack. You can organise it into different lists for different shops, or areas (like the veggies).
19-09-2013 15:34 #8
I do mine on the weekend usually, I pop bub in the carrier, put my 3 year olds wrist strap on and put the other end around my wrist (she's a mega runner and has no sense of danger even around cars), my 5 year old walks with me and 12 year old if he's not with his dad will push another trolley as we normally need. I hate squashing stuff.
When I was with dp, I'd go in the arvo by myself during the week.. Now it's a huge production..
19-09-2013 15:44 #9
I do grocery shopping with 3 year old DS1 and 14 month old DS2 and always have done groceries with kid(s) since DS1 was born. I go on Mondays after DS2's morning nap, so around 11am. I meal plan then write a list, each item in a section (meat, produce, dairy etc). DS2 goes in the trolley and DS1 walks. He usually has a child trolley. I buy them each a cheesy roll from Baker's Delight. That keeps them occupied for about, ooh, 5 minutes.
DS2 is usually fine. I take a dummy and water just in case. DS1 can be awesome and can be terrible. Usually he follows me with his trolley but often he runs away, walks into people, ignores me....I'm lucky that I live in an area with lots of old people who mostly cluck at the sight of a child with a trolley. I get him to pick the fruit and veg, get stuff off shelves, choose cereal etc. the more I involve him the easier it is. I also bribe him with a play in the little centre playground if he's good.
If I'm really not feeling up for it I'll go on a Sunday arvo, but I hate spending weekends doing chores so I usually just suck it up.
By the time DS2 is bigger and over the trolley ride, DS1 will have started kinder and I'll be doing grocery shopping during kinder time.
I've been doing it for so long it doesn't faze me at all anymore and thankfully DS1 hasn't ever been a runner. The furthest he goes is the next aisle so I don't stress too much. I have a feeling it'll be a different story when DS2 starts walking :-/
19-09-2013 15:45 #10Senior Member
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I do it in little bits with the 2 kids. Sometimes I use the pram, or trolley or both and get DS (4.5) to push DD (10mths) in the pram.
I dont meal plan for 7+ days, but I do 2-4days small meal plan etc. I don't have a set budget I buy whatever I want. Also DH works at a large supermarket so I can always text/email him a list, although sometimes he might be out of the store at meetings etc
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