Confession: I Hate Grocery Shopping

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Confession: I Hate Grocery Shopping

 

There are many things that come with motherhood that are unpleasant. Never did I think that grocery shopping would be one of them. As moms, we are the ones who are ultimately responsible for feeding our families. Yes, my family helps sometimes, but the grocery shopping and meal planning is usually left to me.

I don’t like it at all. I’ll tell you why:

It takes time. As a working mom, it is tough to find time to grocery shop. My kids are also active in sports and practice two to three times a week with competitions, often out of town, on the weekends. Finding the time to shop for groceries is difficult. If we are in town during the weekends, I usually will go on Sundays. When we are out of town on the weekends, I usually order my groceries online and do a Drive-Up on Monday afternoons. It seems that everyone else has the same idea. They either shop on Sundays or pick-up on Mondays. This means that sometimes the store is out of certain items and I end up having to go to multiple places to get what I need. Either way, when I get home, I have to put all of the groceries away and at that point, I usually don’t want to cook anything. I also feel like I spend so much money and a few days later we have nothing to eat! Then, I have to find the time to go back to the grocery store! It’s a never ending cycle.

I don’t have a lot of help. I am often all on my own to figure out what to feed everyone. At breakfast, one of the first questions I get almost daily is, “Mom, what are we having for dinner?” Sometimes I don’t even know what day it is — how am I supposed to know what’s for dinner? When I tell them what we have at home for dinner options, at least one person will react with the magic question, “Can’t we just go out to eat?” When you go to the store and spend a bunch of money to eat at home, but then nobody wants to or nobody likes the options they are given, it’s annoying and frustrating, which makes me hate grocery shopping even more. I guess I feel guilty when I prepare a meal that nobody likes or wants. As a mom, you want to please your family, especially when it comes to feeding them.

My family hates leftovers and they are picky. I should add that I also do not particularly enjoy cooking. I only enjoy cooking the things that I know my family likes, which is not all that much. I have a bunch of picky eaters on my hands who also do not like leftovers. When I am meal planning and making grocery lists, I usually only buy what I know the family will eat in one sitting. If we have lots of extra food left over, I am the only one who will eat it. With that said, I cannot make huge meals that will last over the span of several days. My family wants a different, freshly prepared meal each night, and I don’t have time or energy to prepare elaborate, fresh meals each night, especially during the weekdays.

So what’s the solution?

I have found that asking the family to help meal plan each week and help make grocery lists together is helpful. Sometimes we will all go to the grocery store together to divide and conquer the grocery list. My kids are old enough to actually help at the grocery store, although they would prefer to stay at home. I have also found that using Instacart, Drive-Up, and those restaurant delivery apps, such as DoorDash can be time efficient. Instacart and DoorDash completely came in clutch when Covid hit our household this year. Although food delivery services are extremely convenient, they are not cost efficient. But if you think about it, how much extra are you willing to pay for the convenience?

Sometimes in life you have to do things you don’t like to do, but they are necessary. Grocery shopping is one of those things for me. Will I use Drive-Up or Instacart when I’m in a pinch? Yes, of course I will. I’m willing to pay for the convenience but only when it’s absolutely necessary. Will we get take-out more than we should? Probably, but I will also continue to grocery shop, even though I hate it.

Do you have any grocery shopping tips to make it more enjoyable for moms like me who absolutely hate it?

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¡Hola! I’m Meredith. I have lived in Knoxville most of my life and I am proud to call it home – Go VOLS! I’m a mom to Hunter (born 2009) and Sophia (born 2012). They keep my husband and I super busy but certainly make our lives interesting and adventurous. I used to be the type of person who had to plan everything out, but once I became a mom, I had to let go of that and learn to go with the flow, which is actually much more fun and exciting. In addition to being a mom, I’m a high school Spanish teacher. Some of my favorite things to do are watch sports, shop at Target, and travel.

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  1. Build a Small Veggie , herb garden with the children. Not that you need more work, another project, but the veggie garden is a great family project. When my kids were young, I thank God that McDonalds invented the Chicken Nudgets back in 1980. After seven years businesses cannot keep the Monopoly on new products. So, Chicken Nuggets are a Great quick meal with French Fries, NO NOT FROM MCDONALDS, from the frozen food section. that special dinner only once a week. Let the Kids make the menu for the week.. But I am sure you do these things. I feel like “I am preaching to the choir!!!”

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