I quickly learned to plan my shopping trips carefully, based on the weekly flyers. I kept a list on the fridge where we jotted down items as we realised we needed them (still do), then sat down Saturday morning with the flyers to see where I could get the most of the best deals in one place. With a list and a plan I can get in and out in less time. This made a big difference to whoever was watching Little Boo in the infant days. And one stop only was critical. I also got into the habit of shopping later in the evening after he went to bed. Fewer crowds and much less stressful for me - no child in my cart, and no worries at home.
There were many years where he did not ever see the inside of a supermarket.
The Loblaw family of stores understands the needs of busy moms. Grocery, pharmacy, baby essentials, and even Joe Fresh clothing departments in many locations make these stores great for one-stop shopping. And, starting today, Loblaws is launching a new program perfect for moms – The Mommy of all Baby Events. From October 10 –24, Loblaw stores will offer fabulous promotions and events from cooking classes, dietitian demos, special sales and fun contests. Check out your local Loblaw store to find out more, or go to themommyofallbabyevents.ca for full details and daily deals! This program is also available at Dominion stores in Newfoundland & Labrador, which are part of the Loblaw group.
Here are some more tips to help you shop smart:
- Check the fridge and make a list of what you need to buy. Making a list allows you to target exactly which aisles to visit. No more aimless wandering around the store with your cart – just get in and get out!
- Make a meal plan. By having a weekly meal plan, you know exactly what to buy and how much so that you make fewer trips to the grocery store and don’t waste the food you buy.
- Bring a friend. Time flies when you’re having fun. Schedule a shopping date with a fellow mom and visit the store together! You can take turns shopping and watching the kiddies, or help each other by visiting different parts of the store and grabbing what you need. What a team!
- Book a regular time with your spouse and find a babysitter. While this may not be the most romantic setting, booking a weekly grocery date with your spouse while the kids are with a sitter, friend or family member can help you shop savvy - and helps you spend some time together too.
- Pick a store that has everything you need. Don’t waste time travelling to several stores. Visit a store that sells everything you need – from baby, to food, to clothes for your entire family.
Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.