Convenience is pretty much my middle name right now. If it’s not convenient and frugal, I am not doing it. The list of my things to do is about a mile long and the only way to function is if I have help or am able to mark those things off my list in a fast and convenient way. My life just has to be that way to get anything done. Shopping is one of those tasks that I try to streamline and make super easy, because with 3 kids sometimes it’s hard to go get the things you need to live. Can you relate? I hope so, since you’re here reading this post. Ahh!
Today, I want to bring 5 tips for easy, convenient shopping that I do that have been helping me. I sure hope they help you too!
5 Tips for Easy Shopping
1. Make a list before you shop: Write down the things you need beforehand, or type them up in the notes app on your phone. To get even more specific, arrange the items by section in the store. There have been many times where I have been at one end of the store and look down to my list and realize the next item was on the opposite side, where I had just been minutes before. Time wasted! *facepalm*
2. Buy enough to last you until you want or can go back to the store: I told myself over the Summer that I will only shop once a week, on a Saturday, right after the kids’ weekly swimming lessons. I am already out of the house, my husband is at home with my youngest, and I am already in the part of town where I shop, so it’s really a no-brainer for me. I like to take advantage of the weekly sales ad, so I am fine to shop once a week, but if you’re a bulk shopper or want to shop every two weeks, that’s totally fine too. You make the schedule when YOU want to shop. Don’t let the things you need to buy tell you when to shop! You’ll also find you will save more money this way. This creates less impulse buying!
3. Go when it’s most convenient for you: I know this tip can be really hard, but if you pick a date and a time for a “shopping date” when you can pawn the kids off on someone, or go during a time where the kids are in a good mood and not over-stimulated and over-tired (I find that time for my kids is right after school drop-off or breakfast). Like I said before, I go every Saturday and it has really taken a lot of stress off me during the week.
4. Make it fun. This will make less stress for you! If you have to take the kids, also remember to make it a fun and learning experience for them too! Let them help you pick out items and arrange them in the cart, let them put the items on the conveyer belt and give them activities to do while at the store!
I created a veggie bingo printable a while back. Print it off for free and take it with you while you go to the store. When you come across those certain vegetables at the store, have them mark them off!
I have also pinned a bunch of Grocery store games to one of my Pinterest Boards. Be sure to follow it below, for easy access before you head out to shop!
5. Shop nearby. If you run out of milk, toilet paper, shampoo, etc. before your next big shopping trip, just go somewhere close by to pick those things up. Most of those convenience stores have good sales on those items, and a lot more are offering coupons too! Just yesterday, I had about 5 minutes to grab TP and paper towels, and I just knew that if I went to my regular big-box shopping place, that I wouldn’t get in and out on time before I had to get the kiddos. I ran in to the Dollar General closest to me and got some Scott brand paper products, which are my favorite, by the way!
I got both items at Dollar General for less than $10, thanks to their digital coupons combined with their already-low prices. And, guess what? I was out in less than 5 minutes. Boom!
If you’re curious about their Digital coupons, head over to the Dollar General website to sign up in the convenience of your own home. Then, you can add the coupons you need to your account (no printing required, EASY!), enter your phone number in the card reader kiosk when you’re at the store checking out with your items, and the discount will be automatically applied. Like I said, easy! Being a member, I also get coupon alerts via text and in my email, so I am always in the know about what deals are going on there. I really love going there for my quick, convenient shopping trips. Having a location less than a 1/2 mile from my house doesn’t hurt either. It’s a win/win if you ask me!
So, what are your tips for making shopping easier? I am always wanting to learn more tips to make life easier, so if you have any tips I have missed, let me know I’d love to add them to my list!
Don’t forget to get signed up for those Dollar General digital coupons and save on some SCOTT TP, Paper Towels and even more!