7 Tips to Change the Way You Shop

Updated: Oct 26, 2018


Hate to Grocery Shop? Me too. Let's make this a time of blessing others! Learn the number one tip for a positive shopping experience, plus planning and organizing tips! Jump in the Way with Katrina D Hamel

So this post is a bit of a departure from my usual, but I think sometimes its nice to take a look when faith hits the floor and moves from the pages of a book into how we go through life.


We all have chores we don't like. Whether it's the mountains of laundry, the grass that just keeps growing, or the car that seems to grow stale fries and cracker crumbs, we approach the dreaded task with a sigh of frustration.


For me, that's grocery shopping. I swear there is a hiccup in the time continuum when I shop for the week's necessities. It's even more disorientating as the days grow shorter. Last week walked into the store in daylight, and left in dark. I checked the time as I pushed a heavy laden cart through a slushy parking lot wondering, "How long was I in there?!"


I'm fed up with how much I dread shopping, so lately I've been working on the number one tip to making ANY dreaded chore better. The tip that is even more important than being organized!


Tip number one: Attitude.


If you're a parent no doubt you've seen your kid moaning and rolling around on the floor instead of picking up their toys. I don't do that (very often), but I grit my teeth and muscle my way through the grocery store, trying to be quick and efficient at the expense of my mood and attitude. There is no room in my efficiency for pleasure, and certainly no time to stop and smile at the other tired shoppers or weary cashiers.


I have been making a point of seeing my time in the grocery store as an opportunity to be a light for Jesus. (If you bump into me at the store, don't judge me too harshly if I've got that sharp crease between my brows, this is a work in progress!) I've been making a point to smile at people, and it's surprising how many people respond to a cheerful expression with small talk.


If you'd like to join me on this, how about we start bringing Jesus with us to the store! I'm not saying you need to be stopping shoppers and ask if they've heard the good news, but you could give them a smile to brighten their mood. You might be the first person to smile at them all day!


Of course, going into the store prepped and organized helps you to go into this chore with a better frame of mind. It's hard to be relaxed when you're carrying a mental list and trying not to forget what you're there for!


I've seen some pretty impressive organization binders and cute decor pieces to keep you on track, but for me simple is key.


It's been a habit for some time to plan the week's meals before I head to the store. Planning your meals takes only minutes. Knowing what's on the menu can save you money, and it definitely saves stress later when you crack open the fridge at 5pm wondering what to serve your hungry crew!



Hate to Grocery Shop? Me too. Let's make this a time of blessing others! Learn the number one tip for a positive shopping experience, plus planning and organizing tips! Jump in the Way with Katrina D Hamel image by rawpixel on unsplash
Hate to Grocery Shop? Me too. Let's make this a time of blessing others! Learn the number one tip for a positive shopping experience, plus planning and organizing tips! Jump in the Way with Katrina D Hamel image by rawpixel on unsplash

Here are some more simple meal plan tips that help me, maybe they'll help you too!


2. Plan your meals around your schedule. Take a look at your calendar. If you have a busy night, make sure that night's meal is quick and easy, or cook double portions of another meal for leftovers, or plan something that can cook all day in a slow cooker.