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I don’t know if it is my age or the number of kids. But it seems that as both numbers increase my ability to remember things diminishes.
How many of you have ran to the store and when you get home discovered you forgot like 5 things you needed? Anyone? Just me?
Well, I’m tired of having to pack all the kids up and head back to the store. That is why having a shopping list is crucial for me.
Must Have Shopping List
Usually, if I am on my own, I only forget 1-2 items from the store. But if I have the kids with me, it is usually 5 or more items that get forgotten. I chalk that up to their inability to not cause chaos wherever they go.
And with it being summer, my kids are always with me now. Which I love having them home and no more school. But shopping and keeping our home stocked with our household essentials has really been a challenge.
So how do I combat that? I make sure I have a shopping list with me every time.
This way before I check out of the store, I find a low traffic corner. I make all my kids stand in a line with arms folded and mouths shut.
Then I read over my list and make sure I got everything. Then we can check out.
But in addition to the crazy forgetfulness my brain has developed, it’s not just forgetting things in the store. It is forgetting to even put something on the shopping list in the first place!
We go to wash clothes and oops! We are out of Downy!
Why wasn’t that on the shopping list?
Or we go to replace the batteries in the remote and oops! We are out of batteries.
Why wasn’t THAT on the shopping list?
Or we start the dishwasher and oops! No more Cascade!
WHY WASN’T THAT ON THE SHOPPING LIST!!!
This happens ALL. THE. TIME!
So the trick is to have a centralized location where you can hang your printable shopping list. I put ours on the inside of our Recipe cabinet.
Then as you notice something is low in stock or out of stock quickly write it down on the list that very moment.
That way you don’t have to rely on your memory in the 30 minutes of prep before you head out to the store.
Now I can avoid the oops from running out of crucial P&G household essentials.
I include a both grocery category and household categories. Because we like to do both shopping trips on the same outing.
I even divided the shopping list up based on where items would be grouped together in the store. This also helps to cut down on the time spent shopping.
Now you don’t have to go back and forth in the store getting each item on your list. It is already organized by shopping departments.
But you want to know what is even better than all that? Shopping ONLINE!
Seriously online shopping is this introverted Mama’s dream come true! What is easier than shopping online!
So even if I do happen to miss something on our weekly shopping trip. I don’t have to run back to the store. Nope, I just log onto www.avoidtheoops.com and I can order what I forgot for our household!
Or I can just skip the trip to the store in the first place. Because let’s face it, it is summer. I have all 4 kids, none of which behave in the store. So let’s just forgo that nightmare scenario and skip the store fiasco all together!
www.avoidtheoops.com also has all your household shopping needs divided up into easy to shop categories such as
- Cleaning Supplies
And then it is all delivered directly to your door. Halleluiah!
The Shopping List also comes in handy because then when you are doing your shopping at www.avoidtheoops.com you can use your list to make sure you don’t forget anything while online shopping too!
How do you avoid the oops and not forget items on your shopping list?