Last night, Steve went to the grocery store for me. We are down to one car (which I don’t care to drive) so shopping trips are either a family affair or Steve gets to go on his own. In almost 10 years, I can count the number of times Steve has done the weekly shopping trip on his own on one hand. He has run out to pick up diapers, or something for dinner, but real shopping trips have been few & far between.
In November, we were down to one car while my truck was in the body shop for a month. Steve went to the grocery store for me, and what I had anticipated taking 20 minutes took over an hour. I was nervous for how last night’s trip was going to go since it was a fairly major trip that would take me close to an hour, and I was pleased that it took Steve the same amount of time.
What was different between last night’s trip & the trip back in November?
Here is what I learned that helped us, and maybe it could help you too if you ever have the need to send someone to do your shopping.
- Send your shopper to a store that you are familiar with, this way when you get a call or a text saying they can’t find something you can direct them to where to go.
- Send your shopper with a very detailed list. Include brands, item sizes, and prices whenever possible.
- Don’t be afraid to include pictures on your list. If the person is shopping for an item that they are unfamiliar with, a photo, even in black & white, can help them to find the item in the store. (I didn’t put these on my list, but had to send them as a MMS while he was at the store & couldn’t find cake flour – an obscure item with only 1 facing, so I should have expected it).
- Group the items on the list with where they can be found in the store. If an item can be found in multiple locations, make a note so your shopper will know where to look.
- Send your shopper with all coupons, rain checks, and shopper’s discount cards that they will need for the trip. Make notes on the list as to which items have coupons or rain checks.
- Don’t expect the person to make the exact choices that you would make and for the trip to be 100% perfect. Its ok if someone picks up the larger salad dressing because its what they saw first even though you only buy the small bottle, or that they picked up the larger item that wasn’t on sale instead of the smaller one that was. No biggie! Just be thankful that you had someone to do the shopping for you!
It took a bit more planning on my part (I am also very Type A when it comes to lists – click on the image above to see what I mean), but the shopping trip took Steve just as long as it would have taken me.
Overall grade: A+
Thanks for the help sweetheart!