One of the ironies of being a stay-at-home mom is that many of us are far busier than our work outside-of-the-home contemporaries. Because we have so much “free” time on our hands, SAHMs (and dads) are often pressed into service as school chaperones, cab drivers, room parents, snack providers, carnival organizers, and a zillion other tasks.
Because there are so many things that a stay at home parent needs to get done in a day, taking advantage of time saving tips is one way to work more effectively.
Five Time saving grocery shopping tips.
Grocery Shopping are one of those tasks that seem to take more time than it should. Between clipping coupons, drawing up lists, fighting the crowds, and driving all over town to take advantage of deals, grocery shopping can take a big chunk out of day. Here’s five ways that I’ve managed to save time when it comes to planning & shopping for groceries.
1. Post a blank list on the refrigerator for needed food items. Dollar store refrigerator note pads are great for tracking food items as you run low or think of a special item that you don’t normally have on hand. Writing up a grocery list through out the week eliminates having to spend half an hour going through the cupboards and frig on grocery shopping day.
2. Plan daily menus instead of weekly. I’m not a menu planner since I prefer planning menus from what I already have instead of making a special trip to the store. (read about “Shopping Your Pantry here). Planning menus based on what’s in the house already eliminates the need for extra shopping trips.
3. Shop early in the day. From 2pm on, grocery stores are crowded as the shoppers pick up groceries for the evening’s dinner. I do my grocery shopping in the morning after dropping the kids off at school when the stores are empty. Shopping in an empty store reduces shopping time to half an hour and also means that you are first in line for discounted meat bundles and advertised specials.
4. Draw up the grocery list to follow the floor plan of the grocery store. Most of us can probably walk through our local grocery store blindfolded. When drawing up the shopping list, write it up in the order in which you walk through the store. This eliminates the need for wasted effort walking back and forth around the store to pick up the various items on the list.
5. Place your coupons on the conveyor belt ahead of the groceries. Putting all your coupons on the belt ahead of the groceries allows the checker to verify the purchases, write in amounts, and make sure that the discounts are coming up as they should. Plopping down the coupons at the very end slows down the checkout process as the clerk has to dig through bags or flip through the register tape.