This post is intended to be a HUMOROUS way to help reluctant shoppers (those who really dislike grocery shopping) to survive in the store without you. My husband sat by my side as I wrote this and laughed WITH me.
1. Write him a very detailed list
When I say detailed, I mean detailed. Maps of the store and everything! You may want to even have one part of the list that is just for definitions. For instance, you could use common terms for couponing: BOGO, doubling, tripling, etc. If you are really adventurous, you could even make your man some flash cards for his new vocab. Haha! But in all seriousness, writing him a detailed list in the natural order of the aisles will help him as he navigates the store alone. I did that for my husband some 13 years ago and it has only gotten better and better with time!
2. Have him download the Favado App
For real. Let Favado teach him about coupons and sales. This app helps my husband big time when it comes to his grocery shopping trips! It not only allows him to see which local stores have the best prices, but it also gives him the insight to secret sales and which coupons to use from which weekly inserts – saving up to 70%! Score! So if he gets upset while shopping, it will be with Favado, not you! But in my experience with Favado, that will not be the case because it’s a fabulous tool.
3. Start Small
Don’t put his man-brain on overload, let him ease into this new way of thinking. Give him a short list his first time or two. Let him ease into this new endeavor. Besides, this will help build his confidence and get him ready for the mega-shopping trips you’ll soon be sending him on! Just ask my husband, it works!
4. Reward Him Well
Make sure that you give your man an extra special treat for his bravery. Most men are terrified of shopping for their families and even more so when they are following in their woman’s footsteps. Make him feel proud of his efforts and praise him for going. At the end of the day, he didn’t have to do it, but he did.
5. Start Planning His Next Trip While He Still Has The Courage!
That’s right! Your man is pumped up now that he successfully managed to come home with a bag of groceries or two. While he is still on his grocery shopping “high” it’s time to break the newest game-plan to him. This time, increase the strategies and number of items. If he is a sports fanatic, liken it to a new play for the grocery shopping game. If he’s into computers, tell him this new grocery shopping plan is like a piece of new coding. What ever your man’s “thing” is, make sure you compare it to that. It will keep him excited until the next shopping trip! Ha!
Although this post was written with a bit of humor, I think you will find some great tips in here to encourage any non-shopping husbands, boyfriends, brothers, sons, grandpas or fathers out there! Teach him well, my fellow frugal moms, I’m rootin’ for you!