Friday, April 11, 2014
Grocery shopping with two kids- a step-by-step guide
But in the beginning it wasn't so, and the biggest fear was grocery shopping. Because we need to eat! And I don't want to waste my child free time by grocery shopping, so I wanted to do it with my kids. I just wanted someone to tell me how they did it. It seemed impossible. Of course we just did it and figured it out along the way, and you can do that too. Or you can read this post.
1. Park next to a shopping cart return. It doesn't matter how far from the store you are, you need a cart to get you in. Especially if your older child is a runner.
2. Hopefully there are carts in the cart return. I've only had a problem finding carts like twice. And you can sometimes wait around for someone to finish loading their groceries and offer to take the cart off their hands.
3. When your baby is a baby, keep them in their car seat and balance it on the back of the cart. Some people say this is dangerous. Do not push your cart really really fast and let go. That might make it dangerous. I am always right there, so I don't find it dangerous. When your baby is older and can sit alone you can put them in the front seat and your older kid in the back. Olivia thinks its so cool to sit in the back right now.
4. Have a list because you're never going to remember what you need when your kids are trying to sample the lemons.
5. Have a checker help you out to your car if you want. I never do because I'm really stubborn. But it doesn't really matter because your parked next to a cart return anyway.
6. If it's hot in the car, put the groceries away first. If it's cold outside put the kids in the car first. Always put their safety first. Then the food. Then quickly return the cart.
7. Unload the kids. Get them a snack or put them to bed or put on a show. Unload the groceries.
Now that I have two, shopping with one seems so easy. When I have three, will shopping with two seem that way? By the time I have three kids, Olivia will probably be in kindergarten. But still, anyone have any tips for shopping with three kids? ;)