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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 1:04 AM (GMT -6)   
For me the big thing is that I bag my own groceries - even if it's not a self-service aisle (although I have fun scanning my own items!). When I bag my own I can make sure no bag is too heavy - based on what I consider heavy, not what some teenage boy or girl packer defines as "heavy"! LOL


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   Posted 1/31/2010 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I always use the electric cart in the store. I can't stand or walk for very long or far so the electric cart is essential for me. Then I use the stockboys that are stocking the shelves to help me get the items on the top shelves when I need them!

Also, I'm thinking about buying a cart that rolls to load up the stuff from the car to roll into the house when I get home from the store. Actually, this is for my hubby who brings the stuff in from the car. It would be a big help to him.

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   Posted 1/31/2010 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I go shopping 2 or 3 times a week. Even though I hate shopping it is much easier if I break it up and get what I need for the next 2 or 3 days instead of for a week.
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   Posted 1/31/2010 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I also do a bit like Jim does, and break up most of my shopping (not that I have a lot to do being a single person!). I forgot that I've also taken to loading bags in the trunk of the car, and backing into the driveway. It's a lot easier to unload then than to try to get things out of the inside of the car.


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   Posted 1/31/2010 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I like to go grocery shopping allot as it gives me an excuse to get out of the house and not to be alone! Also I always seem to need somehthing that I have forgotten to get! my closest grocery store is 7 miles away or so, it is not like I can walk down to the Quick Stop and grab a loaf of bread or something! I find grocery shopping fun, and even sometimes exciting, especially if I find something new that has just came out, I am one who always likes to at least try a new product! In fact just the other day I seen Chocolate Cheerios on the shelf! made with real Cocoa, and they are brand new to the market. Well you guessed it! I just had to get some and try them so I brought a box mof them and boy am I glad that I did! They are fantastic! Eat them right out of the box! They make a great snack! You see even these small joys in life can make a big difference, if you let them!

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   Posted 1/31/2010 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
What tips make your shopping easier?
    Dear Chutz,
     Well I cant see to well. So, I have to wait for my husband for his "drive" capabilities. I certianly dont want to have another "Near miss".  So, I have to have all my ducks in row!
     For shopping I go once every month (month and half) for major items, flour,rice,pasta, meat, juice, canned goods, etc. Every 2 weeks for milk, eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomato, etc. It isnt easy. When I get tired I just stop and sit on the under carrage or shelves. I have to sit alot, but noone minds I dont think. When I get home I usually come in and put cream on most tired muscle areas, get another rest. Then unload the car. One of the perks of having to wait for my husband is that he can carry the large sacks and flats. Nice. Then the sacks are put on the counter to be broken up into gallon zip locks~~> IE Rice sack brakes down to 4 and half gallon ziplocks. Flour sack breaks down to 2 lg. glass containers and 2 gallon ziplocks. Meats aswell, so they are easy to access and use come meal time (im usually kinda tired in evenings).  Also inside, nothing is close to the floor that I need. IE plastic cups in bottom cabnet, ice pops bottom of freezer, string cheese and juice box bottom of ffridge. Only the kidds stuff occupiies the bottom shelves. Come think if it, it is like that through out the house even with book shelves and thier books / coloring books / board games. So I guess my tips would be...
1. Rest alot and bring peanuts or "protein snack" with you.
2. Break down the flats and sacks into easier to manage/use sizes.
3. Only use middle and top shelves (if you can)
4. Pre-prepare easy meal (shopping / deviding takes forever) for when you get back



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