A lot of things have become easier now that my kids are getting bigger. Grocery shopping is not one of those things. It is official. I can no longer take both of them grocery shopping with me. For one thing, Bean is too big to fit in the buggy anymore because he smooshes all the food. But letting Bean walk means Gracie will demand, “WALK! WALK!” the entire hour we are shopping. And there are other things, too. Take my trip this past Saturday morning. It was terrible. Bean was walking, so I finally agreed to let Gracie walk, too. Which meant I spent all my time trying to wrangle the two of them and wasn’t paying attention to the actual shopping. Which resulted in these events:
1. We have been running out of food about a day before I go grocery shopping again. I meal plan and shop according to that list, but it seems like I’m not buying enough snacks because by Thursday or Friday, we are down to plain Cheerios, orange juice, and a frozen pizza. So, I asked my loyal blog readers on Twitter and Facebook about what kinds of snacks they had in their houses, and I planned to try some of them this week with our family. Only, when I started shopping/chasing my children, the last thought I had in my head was snacks. That means, I accidentally spent my entire grocery budget (and then some!) on snack foods. Awesome.
2. I budget $120 a week for groceries and necessities for our family (food, diapers, dog food, toiletries, etc.). I spent $200 on Saturday, even after a giant wad of coupons. Apparently, I was just grabbing crap off the shelves and not paying attention to a little thing like money.
3. I had a coupon for Capri Suns Super V’s juice boxes. It was buy three boxes and get one free. So, I spent $10 in juice boxes. AND I FORGOT MY FREE BOX. I paid for the three I needed, and didn’t remember to get the free fourth box. AND WE DON’T EVEN DRINK JUICE BOXES!
4. The kids always get a cookie from the bakery if they are good during our trip. It keeps them behaving well (in theory) and, most importantly, it keeps them entertained while we go through the dreaded check out aisle. Aside from roaming the aisles, they were pretty good on Saturday, so we headed to the bakery before we checked out. Only, the bakery was closed for some reason and so there were no cookies. Which meant that while I checked out, the kids were BOTH wailing about cookies. Excellent.
By the time I got home, my nerves were frazzled, both kids were exhausted and ready for a nap, I was broke, we had 3,000 Capri Sun juice boxes, and nothing for lunch.
This is it. I draw the line.
NO MORE CHILDREN IN THE GROCERY STORE!