Grocery shopping is kind of a necessity. Before I get told to try Peapod, I did once and was totally disappointed- so I will not go that route again.
In an effort to save money I shop at Aldi. You have to deposit a quarter in the cart to get it to release, which limits the cart selection. If both carts first in line are squeaky and obnoxious, so be it, you just get to deal. The big problem was when one of the carts had a broken seat belt for the seat. It was one of the few times I went shopping and did not have a sling (shame on me).
Henry, being 18 months old is a stinker. Standing up and climbing in his seat is a way of life. Therefore, I had to carry him through the store, while wrangling other kids which scatter in every possible direction putting heaven knows what in the cart.
After finishing the store, then getting everything on the belt to pay, paying, then putting everything into bags with helpers I was exhausted.
Here are a few things I have learned-
- Kids don't get the concept of neatly bagging until the age of like 9. So bring a lot of bags, this way they can help and you don't have to stress about not having enough room
- Deal. It is an hour or so, you can do this. No one can hear what you are thinking to yourself.
- One of the good things about Chicago winters is you can leave the stuff in your car until your are ready to bring it in and it will not spoil. Cold weather may have draw backs but there are positives too.