Grocery Shopping as a Couple
Food. We all need it. It’s hard enough when you’re at home and you have your regular routine going. But when you’re traveling, how do you eat decently and keep yourself from regularly eating fast food? Pretty much, it all comes down to strategically planning. But with two people, it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Even though it’s just me and my husband at home, we eat a substantial amount of food. We don’t normally eat the same thing, either. Early in our marriage I learned that grocery shopping was one of those tasks that would not be the same. It’s a regular activity that happens at least once a week but I had become so accustomed to shopping for myself. I found out quickly that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. It’s crucial to take stock of what’s in the kitchen and be familiar with your inventory. I can’t tell you how many times I came back from the grocery store and bought another of the same item that we had too many of already or thinking there was something there that wasn’t. The key is having a system because, frankly, without one I found myself at the grocery store way more times in a week than I would prefer.
In my experience, a system setup in your home makes everything run smoother. For example, I got a bunch of Command hooks and Command wall bin to place at our entrance. We were always misplacing our keys and dog leash. With a designated area for our items, a system was created and we always knew where to place and/or find such items. It was simple, it was agreed upon, and it was implemented. Now, since we’ve been all over the place this summer, I’ve had to find new designated areas for our stuff. But it’s worth it rather than turning everything over trying to find something when you need it.
A system should be simple. Don’t overcomplicate it. When it comes to groceries, I just make sure we both have the shared list app (I’ve changed the app before without communicating, oops). The purpose of a system, like grocery shopping and home food inventory, is to be efficient and make such processes easier. It’s food, not rocket science.
I’ll plan ahead the night before I know I’m going to the grocery store. We have a shared list on our phones so that if one of us needs something then we just put it on the shared list. It’s just another way to work together to be mindful of what’s needed and what’s in inventory. Basically that’s the system I have in place for the moment. Other than maybe a text or phone call at the store, I pretty much know what I need to get from the shared list. That’s our system; I’m not going to overcomplicate it.