I. Hate. Grocery shopping. I’ve written about how much I loathe it before, and my feelings have not changed in the slightest. It’s crowded, there are annoying displays in all the aisles, and they’re always changing the layout to try and trick us into buying stuff we usually don’t. I typically go grocery shopping on Fridays, as that’s when the new sales start, and I start dreading it as soon as I put my kids on the bus every Monday morning.
Some people may say that using a grocery delivery service (such as Stop and Shop’s Pea Pod) is the way to go, but I’ve tried it, and it’s just not for me. They don’t always offer the products I need, or the same sale prices they have in-store, which means I’d most likely end up at the grocery store for some items at some point anyway.
I’m also too much of a control freak when it comes to how I shop, which is also why my husband will attest to the fact that he is very rarely allowed to go. I even have one of those mini expanding file folders in my purse at all times; it’s chock full of organized coupons in the event that I spot a previously unknown sale that I can pair with one of them.
So, going to the actual, physical grocery store is my only option. A prison of my own making, but a prison, nonetheless. I’d love to say that I get my kids off to school and head straight for the store to get my shopping over with. But I’d be lying.
Instead, I do these things to procrastinate for as long as humanly possible:
- Check my email and social media accounts for any important notifications or messages. There usually aren’t any important messages, but deleting various marketing and promotional emails eats up a good chunk of time. When I’m done checking everything, I start back at the top of the order, because by that point I have about 20 more emails that need deleting.
- Exercise. It’s difficult for me to motivate myself to exercise, but there’s nothing like putting off a trip to the grocery store that acts as a better motivational coach, of sorts.
- Clean. I don’t clean all week, but Friday mornings I magically decide that it’s the perfect time to start scrubbing the toilets and moving furniture to vacuum.
- Fold laundry. If you’ve been visiting this page for any length of time, you know that laundry is the bane of my existence. It’s everywhere, and it’s ALL the time. The only thing I hate more than folding laundry, is grocery shopping.
- Check email again. The hundreds of emails from Kohl’s and Staples and Amazon and Bed, Bath, and Beyond aren’t going to delete themselves, you know!
- Play solitaire. With actual playing cards and everything. This is usually the point in the day where I’m getting pretty desperate. I always tell myself that I’ll head to the store as soon as I win. It usually takes a good 30 minutes or so.
- Write a list about all the things I do to put off grocery shopping. It’s not super productive, but it kills time and makes me laugh a little.
So if you’ve been looking for things to do to put off your grocery shopping, feel free to use some of my ideas. And if you have any ideas of your own, please feel free to share them. I’m always looking to expand my repertoire.