I've posted in the past about how unexciting and difficult it is for me to go grocery shopping.
I try to do the majority of my shopping for 2 weeks at one time, and that means an overflowing shopping cart and at least 2 solid hours for me at the store.
With 8 of us eating and drinking solid food, it takes careful planning to make sure that we have what we need and I am not making "emergency" trips to the store.
A little while ago, I saw an acquaintance with her 2 children at the store, each with a basket in front of them.
I commented, somewhat jokingly about them needing 3 carts, and she said, "We spilt the shopping list up."
We chatted just a couple more minutes, but that part of the conversation left enough of an impression on me that I mentioned it to my husband that night as we talked.
"That's exactly what my mom had us do when I was growing up!"
I hadn't committed to trying it yet, but yesterday P pulled our grocery list up on the computer and split it into 3 parts.
Bug, Miss M, and Angel Face headed off in the local Valdemart armed with their list...they each had chosen a job (their idea)...Bug checked off what they put in the cart, Miss M pushed the cart, and Angel Face got the items from the shelves.
P had a list and I had a list as well.
Tiny and Lucky went with P and Tiny read the grocery list to him, and Lucy and Bam-bam went with me and Lucy helped pull things off of the shelves.
The end result?
2 weeks of shopping done in 50 minutes.
A mom that was NOT exhausted and frustrated after a LENGTHY shopping trip, and a sense of empowerment on the kids part that made them feel that they are an important part of our family.
It was wonderful.
Thanks to a husband who makes things work, and to his parents for showing him a wonderful example of raising a large family.
Granted, I'm sure I missed some "bargains" and the ounce per ounce cost may have been a little more on some items as others chose what went in the cart, but I think those few dollars were well spent in saving mom a little sanity.
We'll definitely be doing that again.