Jenna Brown

Jenna Brown

Food Shopping – 3 Life-Changing Steps for busy people, who would rather enjoy life.

Food shopping is one of my very least favourite things to do. If you can relate… read on.

You are about to learn one of my GREATEST life hacks of all time. Grab a cuppa and pull up a chair, your life is about to change.

So you grabbed my snazzy chore chart. You opted in for the cooking because you don’t want to eat macaroni or 2-minute noodles every night.

This means you want to be in charge of shopping. Partly because, control freak, partly because then you have everything you need (and want) to cook.
I say you, but obviously, I mean me. This is how it went for me. Maybe it’s the same for you?

Ok, well now we are at the business end of the problem … shopping sucks.

You don’t want to drive to the supermarket every single week, navigate the place, impulse buy snacks you don’t need, bump into people you don’t feel like making small talk with after a long day at work, waiting in line, hoping it’s not raining etc … sounds like hell. So, now what?!

Well, you get this amazing shopping routine of course!

Naturally, there is a list, an easy to use list. All you need is a little organisation and the bam the pain is gone.
I will give you a step by step of how I stopped becoming a victim of grocery shopping.

Step 1

Which food and grocery items do you need?

Use a shared shopping list app. Chris and I have iPhones and Miss 12 has an iPod which she can also access our shared shopping list on. We use the apple “reminders” app and have a shared list that all 3 of us can access. This is what it looks like. Super simple.

If you don’t have this available to you, keep a list under a magnet on the fridge and let your family know the cut off day and time to get things on there. Our cut off is the end of day Thursday and I order shopping on Friday morning for delivery Saturday at midday. It’s been the same routine for more than a year. They will only miss the cut off once, maybe twice, before becoming more vigilant with their additions to the list.

Naturally, at first, kids will take the piss a bit with what they put on the list. You don’t need to order what you don’t deem healthy, acceptable or outside of your allocated budget. Our total weekly shopping budget is between $150-200.

Step 2

The actual food shopping.
I don’t go to the store anymore. I do 2 things online.

1 ) First I order a fruit and veg box each week from Munch and Bloom which is full of fresh local produce at a brilliant price!
Try and find something similar in your area. If you are in NZ I believe these guys ship around the country.
This box here is $49 and is all the fruit and veg we need for our family of 3 for approx 10 days.
I pay the extra $5 and have this delivered, it usually comes the same day or the next day.
Magic! I love supporting local growers by eating local produce.

2 ) I order groceries from Countdown I think other supermarkets offer online shopping and delivery as well. Yes it costs around $10 to have a shopper grab everything from the aisles for you, and have it delivered. But! and this is a big but, I would argue that you still save money overall.

Here’s how online shopping can be a money saver.

  • You don’t impulse purchase which saves you money. It also saves you from making not so good food choices.
  • You can stick EXACTLY to your budget, no guesswork while walking around the supermarket and adding it up in your head.
  • You can easily compare product prices between brands and look for specials. There is even a whole specials section, just shop there!
  • You save fuel driving to the supermarket.
  • You will save about an hour or so of time which you could use in some other lucrative way.

Step 3

Enjoy your life. Jump on the tramp. Read a book. Garden. Whatever.
I hereby declare you free of supermarket stress.


Disclaimer: The J Word NZ and its media content are created based on my own experiences and opinions, as well as those individuals who share their stories with me. I do not have any formal medical or mental health qualifications. If you are experiencing any issues with mental health, please consult your doctor or a medical health professional for advice.

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