Monday, May 12, 2014

MY GROCERY SHOPPING STRATEGY

Grocery shopping is yet another one of life’s activities that has since changed since the arrival of Baby Kennedy. Running to the store to pick up a few things – or a lot – used to be a little easier when it was only Scotty and me. I’d pop him into the seat at the front of the cart, and off we’d go through the store.

But Kennedy has since put a kink in my system because when she tags along, I can’t load up the cart the way I used to. Her baby carrier/car seat is now where Scotty used to sit…which means Scotty is now, well, look: 

This pic was taken 6 months ago when Scotty was 25 months old.

Of course, he has grown a ton since then, and a 35-pound toddler really takes a bite out of a cart’s available space. (I’m lucky to fit Scotty and a case of water back there.)

And, no, he cannot walk beside me like a big boy. He simply cannot resist taking off running like a pint-sized maniac, so it’s either keep him in the cart or risk him getting run over in the parking lot.

I still go shopping with the two of them, yes, but not very often, and only for bare-bone necessities, like Eggo waffles and frozen French fries – Heaven forbid we run out of those – and perishables such as milk, eggs, and yogurt.

I now order the vast majority of my grocery items via Walmart.com.

Did you know that Walmart orders over 50 bucks ship for free?

So the things we can’t live without in this house, like Lysol anti-bacterial wipes, Tide powdered detergent, Scotty’s GoGo squeeZ fruit pouches, diaper wipes, vitamins, cereal, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, toilet paper, paper towel, etc. all now arrive to my doorstep within three days of my order.

I’m telling you, folks, this is awesome.

When ordering your products, just look for the “Free shipping available on orders over $50” notification near the Add to Cart button. Your sales tax will be factored in before you check out – but make sure the “free shipping” tab is selected because, sometimes it defaults to the economy shipping.

It’s that simple.

Thanks to this genius invention, I may never load my grocery cart down like a pack mule again!

This is not a sponsored post – not that I have anything at all against sponsored posts, of course. I simply wanted to pass along something that has truly revolutionized the way Mama Conover gets her groceries.

Although…um, Walmart, if you’re reading this, feel free to toss a gift card our way!

Shifting gears, my first Mother's Day as a mother of two was low-key yet fabulous.

Scott treated the four of us as well as my mother to brunch at Doubletree Hotel, and then we spent the rest of the day relaxing on the deck in the backyard.

Now, if you read this blog regularly, you'll remember that I stated in a recent post that – due to my inability to get around to giving myself my usual salon-grade blow-out this weekend – I would be wearing the commemorative 2014 NFL Draft cap Scott received at his draft party until I could rightfully tend to this mop on my head.

And while I did rock that sucker for pretty much the entire weekend, I couldn't wear it to the brunch for obvious reasons. So I wore a beautiful Cynthia Rowley derby hat instead. Here are a few pics from yesterday's brunch:


I hope you and your family had a wonderful Mother's Day as well.


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43 comments:

  1. *laugh * Oh yes, I started having this problem when No. 2 came along (and even shopping with No. 1 was interesting)... so my solution? I send the husband! I think grocery delivery here is pretty expensive, otherwise you bet I'd be all over it. :)

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    1. That's just it, Dakota -- Walmart's free shipping on orders over $50 works *anywhere*! Just go to walmart.com, and when shopping, look for grocery items that have "Free shipping available on orders over $50” notification near the Add to Cart button. It will work because you are ordering from walmart.com -- NOT your local store, per se. Try it out!

      But I must admit, if you've got your husband on the job, then, well, crisis averted! lol

      Thank you for commenting. :-)

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    2. Well cool, I will check it out! Thank you!

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  2. Congrats to Cookie!

    I never purchased my groceries online but I always in the back of my mind wanted too. I can see how it is so convenient when you have little kiddos at home. Now I can't because I'm never home to pick up the package and afraid my perishables would go bad.

    Thanks for letting me know that Walmart.com has this service, I'll pass this information along to my children's grandmother.

    You looked great on Mother's Day! My hair was still soaking wet yesterday so I wore a head wrap.

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    1. Thanks, Louida! Oh, how I wish Walmart would start delivering perishables!

      But as for the other stuff, like paper towel and TP, you can still do what I do and have them ordered because those won't go bad if they are sitting out for a while...

      Thank you for commenting! xo

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  3. Stopping by to show some love. I'm not big when it comes to shopping unless it's online. Grocery shopping has got to be one of the most stressful things I do. I have a toddler who won't let me make it past the cookie aisle and they also just happen to put all the snacks and goodies near the check out line. Thank goodness for Amazon but now that you've mentioned Walmart, I'm going to have to check them out too. btw you look great at your Mothers Day brunch. :)

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    1. Oh, I agree one thousand percent. I actually avoid malls and shopping centers in general like the plague. (My exception is TJ Maxx and Marshall's; hell, I'd live inside one of those stores if I could, but that's a story for a different day...)

      I love Amazon, too. That's my jam!

      Thank you for your kind words about our brunch pics -- and thank you for visiting. :-)

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  4. You rock that hat girl! You look great! I've never ordered from Walmart.com and my husband and I were just talking about ordering groceries online. One more thing, be very careful about putting your daughter in her car seat on the handles like the picture. Children have died because it overweighs the cart.

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    1. Hi, April! Yes, do give Walmart a try. I think you will be pleasantly surprised, just as I was...

      And I am VERY careful about K's car seat (perhaps a little too careful, which, I don't think you can be...) As for the weight of the car seat outweighing the cart -- I had heard about that,particularly when Scotty was K's age because he was a whopping 17 pounds at just TWO months old! I think K is just barely that right now at 7 months..but when I put Scotty in the back of the cart, well, his girth takes care of that problem.

      Thank you, as always, for commenting -- and for your kind words about my hat! (Would you believe that I bought it back in 2011, but this was my first time wearing it?)

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  5. I was doing really well, reading about all your coping ideas, until you mentioned Pepperidge Farm. Then I started salivating so much I was afraid I'd short out the laptop. I haven't had those awesome cookies in years and years. Can I have a moment of silence in memorial, please?

    Great pics! Glad your Mother's Day went well! :)

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    1. Hi, Lexa! Of course. [Insert image of me lowering my head in silence here.]

      Okay. I'm back.

      And now I'm hungry for them, too. I've actually been pretty good at reigning in my sweet tooth lately, but I've been having a hell of time at it today. In fact, if we weren't experiencing a wicked tornado watch right now as I type this, I would have already made a made dash up to the local drug store for Oreos. :-/

      Instead, I'm on my way over to your blog right now...

      xo

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  6. Great Post!! Since having my son, I've never done so much online shopping. Hes ok to take to the grocery store (because I do only have him), but if I attempt to go clothes shopping....forget it!! He doesn't want to be in his stroller, yet he won't walk next me me.

    By the way, your kids are adorable!!

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    1. Thank you, Shauna! Yeah, I jumped aboard the online shopping train years ago -- waaaaaaay before I had my son. But, back then, I considered online shopping a choice.

      But now that I have two under three? It is an all-out necessity!

      Thank you for your kind words about S and K; I appreciate it.

      xo

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  7. Hahah the picture of Scotty! I totally get it man, I've done it once with my nephew and was like wtf how do you do this?! Soooo cool about Walmart, going to have to tell my sister. You looked absolutely stunning in that hat! What a sweet Mother's Day.

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    1. Thanks, Dina! As I told April (above) I bought that hat back in 2011 when I pregnant with Scotty, stuck it in a remote closet...and then promptly forgot all about it! I love that thing now! I'm semi-contemplating wearing it tomorrow to Scotty's Play & Learn class, but somehow feel it will be a little out of place. lol

      Thank you for stopping by.

      xo

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  8. I looooove that derby hat :) And I do the SAME thing with my groceries! I have Giant deliver bulk and heavy items and it's made life so. much. easier. Great minds, mama!

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    1. Yup. Being the busy moms that we are, I don't know how the mothers before us fared without grocery delivery! Oh, I know: They did it the old fashioned way. lol

      Thank you for visiting, Sara! (And commenting.) :-)

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  9. Girl, you are rockin' that hat! What a beautiful family!

    I freakin' love the fact that we can order everything on the internet! That how I christmas shop too! I just let UPS bring it to me! Our local Hyvee is convenient too! You can order all your groceries and they will deliver your rx's too. This came in very handy this past winter for many older folks who were snowed in!

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    1. Oh, Susie! We are TRULY sisters in our belief that the Internet shopping is the greatest invention since sliced bread...

      Oh, and that is EXACTLY how I Christmas shop, too! I would rather drink lighter fluid that brave the malls. And Black Friday? Nope. I don't do that, either...

      Thank you for your kind words about my fam and hat!

      xo

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  10. I love your Mother's Day photos -- and your hat! I too had the grocery issue when my 2nd came along. If I need more than 5 things, I wait and order online through Harris Teeter (our local grocery store) and pick them up. I can sit there and browse online and order for a specific 30 minute pick up window and then just pull up and pay/have them load my car. Plus Teeter saves your lists online, so it makes it really easy since I am ordering a lot of the same stuff over and over. I am definitely spoiled, though I do enjoy lingering in the grocery store when I am kid-free sometimes. Cheers!

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    1. Hi, Susan!

      Oh. My God. Harris Teeter!!!! I LOVE Harris Teeter. I used to do my grocery shopping there all the time when I lived in South Carolina. (I actually took a picture of the outside of the store before I moved back here because I knew I would miss the store that much!) I also love me some Piggly Wiggly,too, though...

      And they save your lists online, too? Damn. You really have it made. ;-)

      Thank you for your sweet words about our Mother's Day pics; we had a blast on Sunday...

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  11. Ok, let me say you just brought back a ton of memories of shopping with the kids. Now imagine 3 little ones. Like you I would have the baby carrier up top, on in the cart and one walking. And sometime the walking on would curl up under the cart and ride. Hey, whatever works LOL. An you looked absolutely beautiful for Mother's Day with all that pretty hair spilling out from that nice big hat. Happy Belated Mother's Day to you.

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    1. Hi, Angela! Picturing your grocery store visit gave me a good chuckle. :-) Like you said: Whatever works LOL

      You can say that again...

      Thank you so much about your kind words about my hat. (Thank God the bottom half of my hair looked decent enough to be exposed outside the hat! Otherwise...well...let's just say my options would have been extremely limited.

      Thanks, again, for commenting. And Happy Belated Mother's Day to you, too!

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  12. New here! What a great idea, I never thought about having that type of stuff delivered. I love your recap of your weekend. Your little ones are so cute :)

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    1. Hi...and welcome! Thank you so very much for taking the time to comment.

      Yes, please do try the Walmart free delivery -- if you buy necessities like we do, you'll rack up $50 bucks quickly, so buying enough to get the free shipping is easy-peasy.

      If you try it, let me know how you like it! I think you'll become a believer like me. ;-)

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  13. I have been shopping on Amazon for the same reason!!! It is so hard to take my son shopping - he wants to go out when we're home, then immediately return home once we're out shopping. He says hi to everyone, which is sweet, but a pain when each person wants to talk to him more. So Amazon has been a lifesaver! But I didn't even think about Walmart - now I have to do it!

    BTW - beautiful hat!!!! It looks so beautiful on you.

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

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    1. Thank you, Natasha! Oh, yes! Amazon is my jam! I am a repeat customer there, too!

      Want to know what roped me in to Amazon in the first place? The books...but not in the way you might think. I buy used books from Amazon vendors --most of the books (mostly children's board books for the kids -- since they beat them to death, anyway, why buy brand new? -- and most of the books I buy are -- no joke -- only ONE CENT! Now, I've got to pony up for $3.99 shipping. But a $4 book ain't bad!

      Thank you for commenting. I LOVE you guys at Turn It Up Tuesday. :-)

      And thanks for the kind words about my derby hat!

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  14. Did I say this before or only in my head on my no-comment phone? I've only got ONE kid and yeah, to the lack of cart space! He's now trolling the isles on his own which is new brand of scary because I can't always SEE him, ugh. Amazon rocks. Done, it rocks.
    You are adorable in your big floppy hat by the way.

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    1. Thank you, Kristi! Yeah, as much of a straight up hassle it is to push Scotty's big butt around in the cart, I am pacified by the fact that I can see him. If it's not one thing, it's another...

      So you're another Amazon believer? The new sippy cups I just bought for K arrived from Amazon this afternoon. Yay!

      Thanks for your compliment about my hat. I must say, I did enjoy wearing it.:-)

      xo

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  15. Grocery shopping with two kids is a whole different ball game! I giggled when I saw your kids both in the cart because that's exactly what I do! My kids are 4 and 2 and I still sometimes have my four year old in the cart. I may have to do more online shopping--what a great idea!

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    1. A whole different ball game.

      Oh, Carrie. You can SO say that again! How come this isn't on the itinerary for birthing class??? I mean really, I truly felt left in the lurch the first time I attempted this on my own.

      Yes, do try the online route -- and I highly recommend Walmart because they haven't failed me yet...

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and thank you for visiting. :-)

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  16. I used to order from Fresh Direct but did not know you could from Walmart! What a life saver for you. Your kids are so adorable. Glad you had a nice Mother's Day too. Have a nice week. P.S. congrats on all your features!
    Julie

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    1. Hi, Julie! Thank you so very much for your well-wishes and kind words!

      I have never heard of Fresh Direct, but you can best believe I'm going to look into it now! The only rub with Walmart is that doesn't include fresh fare in their "free shipping under $50" offer.

      You have a nice week as well, Julie!

      xo

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  17. I know what you mean with grocery shopping with two kids! Thankfully my oldest is 11 so the only one still sometimes getting in the cart is our daughter since she is so tiny! I do miss that perk from WalMart here in Croatia! Hope you have a wonderful SITS day!

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    1. OMG. Croatia! I could sit and listen to stories all day about what it's like to live abroad.(I studied several foreign languages in college, and LOVE learning about other cultures.)

      That said, the unavailability of Walmart's free shipping is quite unfortunate. :-(

      Thank you for visiting, and I indeed had a wonderful SITS Day, thanks to visitors like you!

      xo

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  18. Grocery shopping with kids is the pits. Our local grocery store does pick up. So you order your groceries on line and then drive up to the pick up door and they bring them out to you! There is a small fee, but there are always coupons and I seem to spend less in general when I shop on line. What an awesome invention! Happy SITS Day!

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    1. Hi, Happysuz! Do you live in the city? My sister-in-law lives in Manhattan and regales me on the modern marvel that is grocery store pick-up. Meanwhile, we live in the suburbs -- where everyone has a car -- so the closest I can get to such luxury is Walmart's free shipping...

      And I wholeheartedly agree that shopping online often leads to spending less $...which I <3.

      Thank you for commenting!

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  19. Happy SITS Day!!! Ordering essentials online is a great idea. I'm glad we are finally getting to ages where it is easy to take our kids out with just one of us. Most of the time we do our grocery shopping as a family, but every now and then I run out with just the kids and it is manageable now that they are 6 and 2.

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    1. Hi, Sonya, my friend! Actually, I neglected to mention in this post that I don't grocery shop often, because Scott, being the chef of the house, does 99.9% of it.

      That said, I fantasize about the day when taking S and K shopping is smooth-sailing: almost-three and 10 months is in no way akin to 6 and 2.:-/

      Thank you, again, for visiting.

      xo

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  20. Great Post! I could not agree more! We've went the Amazon Prime route this year as it made more sense before their prize hike. As an added bonus you don't have to pay sales tax!

    I'm glad you mentioned this though because we're ditching Prime at the end of the year due to their price hike. We'll just order online from Walmart.com!

    Another tip. If you're responsible and use a rewards credit card (like we do). Check to see if your rewards program gives an extra bonus for shopping at Walmart.com. Our card adds 2% on the 1% you already get. You save time and money!

    Sondra @ Savers4life

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    1. Hi, Sondra! I'm a big proponent of Amazon.com...HUGE! I haven't signed up for Prime, though -- and I've actually never paid sales tax on Amazon, either, save for items I've purchased from a vendor who lives in the same state as us, which hasn't actually happened very often...

      You and I are very similar in our online shopping strategies, I see! Me likey. lol

      Thank you for commenting. :-)

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  21. I have 4 kids & when they were little, I made shopping work by "wrapping" my baby to me. It was so convenient & easy. I miss that, now that my youngest is 6. Over from SITS.

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    1. Hi, Jean! Thank you for visiting...

      Oh, I love me some cloth baby carriers. You *could* say I'm addicted: I have a Bjorn, a hot sling, and a custom-made Cat in the Hat mai tai, which is my fave...but, alas, I wouldn't work for me while shopping and here's why: Even if I had my baby in a carrier, my son would still need to be in the cart so I can keep an eye on him at all times. He's rambunctious, energy-filled and 100% ALL boy. He's mellowing out a bit as he gets older (he's one month shy of turning three), thank God.

      Have a super evening. :-)

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