Do you know your kids can actually help your grocery shopping trip go faster! I know a lot of you think your kids slow you down, but I’ve found four ways to make grocery shopping with kids faster.
The First Way to Make Grocery Shopping With Kids Faster
The first way your kids can help you grocery shop, is by giving them a time spent grocery shopping challenge!
I had originally made this challenge for my email list, and was totally surprised at how much fun my kids had completing it!
I made a PDF, Time Spent Grocery Shopping Challenge, which you can get by clicking on the bright yellow box below.
Once you get it and print it out, bring it with you the next time you go grocery shopping. While there, write down the store name, what time you entered the store, what time you exited the store, and the total time. If you go to more than one store, record the time for each store. There’s space on the bottom to write any notes about things you notice that slow you down while you shop.
If your kids are anything like mine, they are going to have so much fun helping you complete this challenge! My kids wanted our time to be the quickest it could be, so they were very willing to help!
They had fun going through the store as quickly as we safely could, helping me find things on my list, and putting them in the cart. They also helped put the bags in the cart after the checker bagged the items and were in a hurry to leave the store quickly. We were excited to see what time it was the second we walked out the grocery store door. We were hoping for a fast time.
My daughter even said she’s going to do this challenge with her kids every week someday (whenever she has kids in the far future, she’s 19) because she thought it was so fun and a great way to get the kids involved.
You can do this with your kids every week and try to get faster each time!
The Second Way to Make Grocery Shopping With Kids Faster
The second way your kids can help you grocery shop, is to help you look for things.
Ever since my kids were born, I’ve been having them help me look for things in the store. Obviously when they were babies and I would ask them about what carrots I should pick, they couldn’t really help. However, they were learning about colors and what things are. They were also learning about how to behave at the store. They have always known that grocery shopping is for just that, getting groceries, not for running in the aisles.
Now, that my kids are older (11 & 19, the 21 year old doesn’t come), they are a huge help to me when I shop. I stand there, frustrated looking for something I can’t find, thinking they don’t have it in the store. My daughter will end up handing me what I’m looking for, or pointing it out. My son will do the same thing, I’ll tell him what’s next on the list and he’ll help me find it.
So, you can do the same thing with your kids. Either tell them what’s next on the list and have them help you find it while you look for an item (that way 2 items are found at once), or you can both look for the same item and see who can find it faster. It makes grocery shopping fun for them, and it gets the groceries found faster.Do you know your kids can actually help your grocery shopping trip go faster! I know a lot of you think your kids slow you down, but I’ve found four ways to make grocery shopping with kids faster.Click To Tweet
The Third Way to Make Grocery Shopping With Kids Faster
The third way your kids can help you grocery shop, is to push the cart for you.
If they’re younger, they may need to push the cart with you. By the way, this gets them to hold on to the cart and keeps them from wandering away, but they’ll still feel like they’re helping.
As they get older, they can push it by themselves, and just maybe need a tiny bit of help negotiating in tight situations, like my son does.
This frees you up so that you can focus on the list and see what’s next to get. It really saves a huge amount of time because I’m not having to keep stopping to see what’s next on the list. I can just keep moving and look at my list as I walk.
The Fourth Way to Make Grocery Shopping With Kids Faster
The fourth way your kids can help you grocery shop, is to cross things off the list for you.
They can cross off an item while you’re putting it in the cart or looking at your coupons. This helps them learn more about how to grocery shop and it improves their reading skills. They also like to help.
If your kids are too young and aren’t ready for this step, or if you just don’t feel comfortable having them cross things off the list because you’re afraid they’ll cross off the wrong thing, then, you can have your kids put the item in the cart for you. While they put the item in the cart, you can cross it off the list. I actually prefer this way; it’s just easier for me to hang on to the list and have them put the items in the cart.
Either way gives them a job to do and saves you time grocery shopping.
So, to sum it all up, your kids can help you spend less time grocery shopping by helping you look for things, pushing the cart, and crossing things off the list/putting items in the cart. You can have them do one or all three. Don’t think it’s too late to start this routine with them, it’s not. It doesn’t matter what age your kids are, it’s never to late to start teaching them how to help. They will enjoy it because it makes them feel good to help you. Plus, you’ll all spend less time at the grocery store, and have more time to do other fun activities.
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