This Is How I’m Shopping with Intention

updated May 1, 2019
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My micro resolution for the year was to be a better grocery shopper. Now that my husband and I are both working away from home all day long — for the first time in 17 years — we’re trying to be more diligent about planning meals. And it’s hard! But we’ve done pretty well, and hitting the supermarket with purpose is a big part of that.

Before I get into groceries, though, let’s talk about working parents. (I know, I know — all parents are working parents, but you know what I mean.) I was a full-time stay-at-home parent for 10 years, and then a freelancing, work-from-wherever parent for seven more. In September, I took a full-time job, with a company I love.

When people claim that being a stay-at-home parent is the hardest job in the world, I disagree — and I’ve done it. Sure, caring for children all day can be frustrating. Going out to work can feel like a break, but it’s still harder than staying home. Because no matter where you are, you’re always a parent. Getting the lice call from school — oh, please, no, not the lice call! — when you’re at home is annoying, because lice are annoying. But if you’re at work and you get the lice call, then you have to cancel a meeting to go get the buggy kid.

But I digress.

The point is, job or not, you will still have to feed the kids. For me, being at work all day means I don’t want to stop by the store on the way home. Ideally, I like to put something in the slow cooker in the morning, so that I come home to a hot meal. (As an aside, I’m actually on a bit of a mission to find slow-cooker recipes that can cook for at least 10 hours, like Martha’s amazing pot roast.)

Get a Meal Plan: A Week of Family Dinners from the Slow Cooker

In order for my slow-cooker dream scenario to happen, we have to always have groceries in the house, which means stocking up on the weekend. And we’ve been pretty good about our Sunday shopping day, but it hasn’t always been a date like we hoped.

Truth? I like shopping on my own. Grocery shopping is fun for me because I love food and I love cooking. It’s relaxing, and I’m happy to add my husband’s list to mine and do it all myself. But no matter how well we think we plan, we always seem to need something else during the week.

But guess what’s new in Columbia, South Carolina? Grocery delivery! Thanks to Shipt, I can place an order from work and find the groceries on my porch when I get home. Their website is a little wonky, they don’t use reusable bags, and they can’t always get everything on my list, but it’s still a lot more convenient than going to the store. And if I need one onion and can’t make the $35 minimum, we can always use toilet paper and toothpaste. And snacks — there are never enough snacks (or so I’m told by the people who live here).

Between grocery shopping with a list once a week and one grocery delivery, life in the kitchen is a lot smoother (and have more snacks, too).

How are your resolutions going?