Taking children to the grocery store is always an adventure. The key is to keep it brief if possible, fun, and exciting. It also helps to prepare children for the journey. Telling them what store you will be frequenting, and perhaps a few articles that are on your list can allow them to be engaged in the trip. Anything to prevent the, “Um Mom, I’m bored” is always a plus.
Carry a calculator, pencil or pen, and a note pad with you. Do be sure to not only make a mental list before you go, but to write it down as well. That way one child can be your list holder. If the child can read that is a bonus because then he or she can actually help look for what is on the list, and mark it off. If you are bringing multiple children, then give the next child a calculator. You can either give that same child a pad and pencil to record the prices or you can pass those on if there is a third child. Give him or her an identical list like you had given to the first child to help find everything. That way the child doesn’t have to write the item down, just the price next to it.
Finally have the child with the calculator tally up everything so you can have an idea of what you’ll be spending. This is also a great way to teach children how to be thrifty shoppers, and allow them to see that things actually cost money. For older children you can actually make it into a scavenger hunt, if you have the time, give them each say ten dollars, and make them stay within budget so when they get to the register they don’t go over.