I pick my fave store and try to get a map of the store or write down what is in each aisle. Some stores here actually GIVE you a map showing where everything is. then I organize my coupons in a box designed for 3X5 index cards by each aisle. If coffee, tea, creamer, and pbutter and jelly are in aisle 1, then I put the coffee and tea in one index card and the pbutter and jelly in the next index card. Each weekend I cut the coupons for things we actually eat/use and put them in the dividers.
I find tall strangers very helpful. I have them put things in my cart, etc... and since I live in the South/West, mostly men are very nice about
I LOVE the idea of a bag to hold the little things that are hard to dig out.
I ALWAYS get someone to load cases of water, sodas, etc... into my cart. I simply cannot do it w/o paying for DAYS.
I also frequently have someone carry my things to the car for me. Even WalMart will do this, though you may have to wait a minute. I tip if the person is willing/able to accept it. My son is a bagger at a locally owned grocery store, so I know they appreciate tips.
I NEVER go through a store with carts w/o one. I use it to help with balance and to keep my purse in. I keep a carabiner in my purse to hook through the handles of my purse and the zipper and attach it to the cart.
Kids are esp helpful at the store. One thing I have found is that if at ALL possible I will go to the deli and get some popcorn chicken or chicken tenders for the kids to munch while we shop. They rarely get these, so they are a treat. AND a kid who is hungry is cranky. My kids are also cranky if I just let them have chips or
cookies while we shop. (I have even been known to grab a banana for each of us and go pay before we shop. Some checkers are truly SHOCKED - and have even tried to get me to just take the fruit and not pay. But that just makes final prices more expensive for everyone. )
SAHM, kids are the light of my life
dh of 17 yrs, my sweetie
ds 16yo, great kid, Sr. in high school
dd 13yo, my reward, homeschooled
ds 8yo, amazing kid, great magician
2 furbabies - Gracie and Capn Morgan, both cats
1 featherbaby - cockatiel - Goldi the Evil
I have always imagined paradise will be some type of library.
-Jorges Luis Borges