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   Posted 1/31/2010 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Sunday is the time we offer our tips, ideas and suggestions on making life easier. By sharing we not only have the benefit of trying new ways of doing things but we understand our fellow member also. For today let's share ideas on grocery shopping. This seems like such an innocent and easy chore but when you life the lives we do it can be very difficult. (notice I'm avoiding the 'P' it's getting hard.. smilewinkgrin So what tips do you have for making the chore of getting groceries easier?

Min suggestion is pretty simple...I let hubby do it. tongue Where hubby works is across the freeway from the 2 stores I like to buy groceries from. One is a large box store..ok, Costco and the other is a west coast chain. So 2-3 times a week I give him a list and he picks up what we need. But once in a while I do really need to go and truly 'shop'! I've avoided it since before Christmas but one day I'm going to have to break down and head out on my own. A couple of times I've take the oldest grandson with me. He can drive if I'm not feeling up to it plus he loads and unloads all of the goods. I highly recommend one of

What tips make your shopping easier?
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   Posted 1/31/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
My hubby is fully "grocery trained." I'm really doing well right now, so we go together. He can do the high reaching and heavy lifting. If I'm having joint problems or just get tired, I find that the cart is almost as good as a walker to support me and keep me in a good posture.

During my really bad times, he did the shopping himself. He can now keep a list, inventory for staples and add them to the list, and do the whole thing completely independently. And I don't end up with weird stuff or meals that don't go together.

Cross-training is a great thing!

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   Posted 1/31/2010 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
i used to do my groceries by myself, and do my mother's, also. Those days are long gone! I have 3 children, 2 of which are still home. When I go shopping, one of them comes w/ me. I am not able to lift a lot of things, or gather things from the high shelves. My sons are both 6 footers, so when they go they not only help me, but other shorter ladies.
When I was unable to drive, they all took turns driving me there and doing the dirty work.
A few yrs ago, the grocery store put a floor plan in one of its flyers, I cut it out and put it on my fridge. Due to the 'fog', there are times I can't remember the layout of the store - I go to my floor plan cut out. This way I can 'try' to put my grocery list in order, so if I'm lucky there will be no back tracking. And I 'hopefully' won't forget anything. I start my list the day after my grocery trip, so I won't forget any new items.
My children grab up the items, push the wagon, unload, reload, put in the car, unload and bring in the house. I put away what I am able to lift, they put the things downstairs in the 2nd fridge. When they are done, I am exhausted. Sad, but true. We leave at the crack of dawn so that we can avoid the large crowds, but all the walking around in the store is draining.
I have tried sending my DH and child for the trip, they always pick up the wrong things, even w/ visuals. It is easier (???) for me to do it once, then to go back and return stuff and rebuy. shakehead
I also use coupons and my store card for any and all discounts.
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 1/31/2010 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I do all most of the grocery shopping myself, but I send my husband to Sams to get the big stuff.

I make it a point to go really early in the morning so I don't have to fight the crowds. Crowds really wear me out. Also, when I get home, I pull everything out of the bags onto the counter. I just put up the cold stuff, and then I rest a while or do something non-strenuous before I put up everything else.

I create my shopping list to go in order of the layout of my store so I don't have to do any backtracking. I also test out the shopping cart and make sure it rolls straight before I take off with it. Sometimes I have to go through 2-3 (and the clerks think I'm nuts, but I don't care) before I find a "straight" one. If I push one that is "wonky," it makes me hurt and exhausts me, so this has become a big deal for me.
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   Posted 1/31/2010 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hubby loves to grocery shop, boy am I one lucky woman. We have a note pad on the frig and every time we need something one of us writes it down, we neither one can remember more than 30 seconds these days. I do buy all paper products, laundry stuff, dog food, cleaning products and etc at Walmart and I do pick up a few groceries sometimes if we need something right away but except for parishable items I leave in the car for him to carry in.
My hands are my biggest problem when it comes to buying groceries. Picking cans and packages up putting them in the cart, taking them back out of the cart  to put on the belt and putting them away when I get home has them screaming in P.
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   Posted 1/31/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
it is delightful to hear all you ladies talk about your husbands shopping at grocery stores. i am a 62 year old single lady (divorced) with rsd, a form of fibromyalgia. i currently see a pain mgt. dr. and take 75 mg. lyrica 4x daily. can anyone relate? please...

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   Posted 1/31/2010 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
When my husband first started doing the shopping, he came home with some strange things. I just fixed what he brought. If he got pot roast but no potatoes, he got pot roast with pasta or rice, whatever I had on hand. He quickly learned to think of food the way we do - in meal combinations.

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   Posted 1/31/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My biggest problem with grocery shopping is remembering to take the groceries out
of trunk and I only live 5 minutes from the store. This has happened more than a few
times. Sometimes I space out when putting things away. Last week I put a dozen
eggs in the freezer, not a good idea.
My tip is... keep a stryofoam cooler in the trunk year round. It's good in the summer
for obvious reason, but it also helps the groceries from tipping over when you make
those quick stops or sharp turns, yup I'm a good driver too!
Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 2/1/2010 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   
my hubby carries the groceries in and then I open the fridge and sit in front of it ... he hands me the perishables and I put them in the fridge while he puts away the cans and other things tht have to go up high.
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