I am a mom who loves to cook and so grocery shopping is a lot of fun for me for the most times. I say that,because I do have children, children who are able to walk around the store, pull you from one place to the next, and ask for this and that and not just junk, but what they feel they would want you to make for dinner. So now that I am a pro at this mommy think (lol) and running a business from home, I had to realize things had to change in order to make this fun, less time in the grocery store and you not spending more than you would planned . I had to make a plan and so that is what I did. That is what we moms do right! First thing I did
- I eliminated all the extra confusion at the grocery store, I now make it about them helping me and so they get rewarded. Now how did I do that. I involved them in the other plans. I find that children are far more intelligent that most give them credit for. I involved them by letting them know honestly how I felt about all the extra confusion at the grocery store and how it was not good for mommy, I explained all the ways it was not good for mommy, such as when I get confused from them pulling me around, I am afraid of losing them in the store. I explained about how it is not good spending all that money I did not plan on ,because then it takes away from other things I have to do, which could be getting them something that they really want or need. So I asked if the help me with that I will either add on to there allowances, or they each get to pick up one thing
- The next change I made, I make a list before going grocery shopping and here is the fun part I include them, but they have to understand the rules, that there is a budget we have to stick with. So with this they learned how to budget. Not bad huh,
- Number three is every week I create a meal plan for the family and of course I include them in this, since every family has a picky eater so this is easier than having to deal with it, at the grocery store, hearing mommy you know I do not like that, then someone else say but I do. I cut all that out. Oh thanks goodness they are older now, and so they do not really care to go to grocery shopping with me anymore, every now and again one might tag along, but they know still what the deal is.