Oh groceries. How I love thee! So much excitement over a newly opened canister of coffee! New yogurt flavors, new applesauce containers. Yum!! So much fluster over those flipping plastic bags that seem to procreate on their own… O.o “They have babies!”, my stepsister-in-law says. They do accumulate. I’ve tried several “styles” of shopping lately trying to solve various obstacles I’ve found myself up against.
For a while money was my biggest obstacle with groceries. For a couple of years we were on such a slim budget that I created an excel sheet pricing grid and kept up with sales and pricing to the penny. It was tedious! Also weirdly fun in a way? As a result, I still am able to tell you where the best prices on various items are within a few miles of my home. It helped and amazingly, we got by. ( I never did figure out how to do some of the awesome couponing I’ve heard about. What’s it called? Super-couponing? Supreme couponing? Something like that.)
Over time, our budget somewhat smoothed out and just in time, I hit a new obstacle, my anxiety disorder. As mentioned in previous posts, due to “life” I was off of my anxiety medication for a period of time and eventually decided I didn’t need it anymore. (I was mistaken.) Very very gradually, my anxiety increased to the point where I would have occasional panic attacks while out shopping with my children in tow. It was not fun. I one time had to leave a shopping cart full at Target and dash out of the store (once the dizziness had passed and I was able to safely leave). Thinking back, it probably wasn’t the best time for me to be driving home, but well, there I was. So – for this issue it was medication that solved most of my problems and I began to find stores that for whatever reason, I felt more “comfortable” in. I began to steer clear of traditional grocery stores, but instead would hit big box stores and bulk stores.
As my children got older, it became a little harder for me to put them ALL in the cart when I was shopping and around this same time we got a diagnosis for M and we began to learn what some of his triggers were for his difficult behavior. Some of them are: buzzing and yellow overhead lights, echoing sounds from a warehouse-type of building and the motion and low rumble of many conversations at one time. I learned where I could and could not shop very easily. There are probably 2 brands of grocery stores that I simply do not take M inside of because I think it is actually rather hurtful for him. We just don’t go there. There are also probably 2 stores that he can handle for a short few minutes that I can bring him, and my other two children of course, in and grab a few necessities when I need to. Honestly, this wasn’t that big of a deal for me. Some people like red apples, some like green – whatever floats your boat. I feel lucky that I live in an area with a variety of groceries stores to choose from. Truly, its helpful. But then the growing started.
Oh the growth spurts. My stars but my children can eat. As many of you probably know of children they will eat you out of house and home while growing and then seemingly be not so peckish for a few days off and on until they start those mad growth spurts again. My mother-in-law had been measuring the children for clothes that she makes them and while we were visiting over the summer, we compared some of the charts. The boys had grown almost 3 inches taller in the span of 6 months and Miss S was not far behind. Their arms were much longer (no wonder that new shirt I got Mr A lasted only a couple of weeks). Their feet were bigger. They were bigger! I digress. So, we were flying through our groceries and I was constantly trying to figure out how to fill the pantry while managing our schedule and over-stimulated and wiggly children in the store. And then I re-discovered Peapod.
I used Peapod briefly a very long time ago when it first was offered in our area, but now, now I felt like I really needed the assistance with getting the food into the house. As I mentioned, I previously was shopping at some bulk grocery stores and big box stores. (Target is a favorite.) This was lovely, but then often, I wouldn’t actually be able to get the groceries out of the truck and into the house with any timely manner and sometimes because I just couldn’t lift it. I began to bring in the perishables and then leave the rest for when I could manage it. It was frustrating. It was inconvenient. I needed to fix this weirdness. I began ordering Peapod again and oh the happiness of being able to just open the door and have my groceries come all the way into my kitchen was amazing. I heart grocery delivery so much I got the “pod pass”. Did you ever hear of such a thing? You basically pay for all of your shipping for 6 months so then you have free (or discounted shipping) for your orders. Amaze!! (I know, I know, I’ve been watching too many Barbie cartoons with Miss S.) Still. There were a few things I could not get from Peapod. Hmmm…. Amazon? We’ve been Amazon prime members for a while now and I highly recommend it. Especially for the holidays. Ok, this sort of filled that gap, but there were still a few things missing…. And then…..Amazon Prime Now.
Crazy bananas. You just download this little app on your phone and you can order a gillion (ok, not a gillion, but a lot) items to arrive to your house in 2 hours for FREE, if you’re an Amazon Prime member. Yeah. I’m going to let that sink in for a minute. ::::::::::::::::
This will change my life. Oh! Oh! And…. they will take away the silly plastic bags to have them recycled! Woot! Save the planet – check!
:::doing the happy dance:::: Silly shopping shenanigans….I got it down.
Be Fierce. #saneshopper