Grocery Shopping with Kids Made Easy

Grocery shopping with kids can be a tricky — and expensive — outing. There are a lot of advantages to shopping with kids — teaching kids about money, colors, and food, for starters. I personally prefer to go it alone, but sometimes it just can’t be helped.

It’s best to keep kids involved in the experience, to avoid tantrums, whining and the constant “Can we get this?” That’s why I have a few strategies in place, to make shopping with kids less of a chore. Here is my process:

  • Preparations 1 of 8
    Getting ready to shop with kids is mostly about feeding them first. They're less likely to ask for junk food and extra snacks when they've eaten before you go. When they were younger, I also had to be sure they were well rested so we frequently shopped right after naptime.
  • Parking 2 of 8
    I always park my next to cart corral, no matter how far I have to walk. This way, I can load my coupons, shopping bags, and even kids into the cart so I'm not juggling everything on the way into the store. It is also helpful after shopping, so that I can buckle the kids into the car, unload the groceries, and put the cart away without stepping away from my girls in the parking lot.
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  • The Cart 3 of 8
    The Cart
    Choose a kid-friendly cart, or at the very least one that is easy to push. When they were little, they loved to ride in the car carts. Now, my girls love to push the child-sized shopping carts at our local store, filling it up with their favorite things.
  • Shopping List 4 of 8
    Shopping List
    I let the girls help with our grocery list — they know which of their favorite snacks and lunch foods we are out of before I do, anyway. With non-readers, you may even draw or print a couple pictures so they can help you find things in the store.
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  • Play Games 5 of 8
    Play Games
    From skipping a certain color of tile to eye spy to a grocery store scavenger hunt, playing through the store is a great way to keep kids entertained. Give older kids part of your grocery list, then race to see who can get their items faster. Hand younger children a coupon, so they can find the item pictured. Just have fun!
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  • Food Selection 6 of 8
    Food Selection
    Allowing kids to help choose foods may make it easier to get them to actually try said foods later. I have taught my girls how to choose the best produce, but even young kids can pick "green or red apples" and help count out what you're buying.
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  • Checkout 7 of 8
    Let them see how much the items cost, talk to them about how to ring up items, and teach them about sorting as you bag your groceries. The checkout is also a great place to talk to kids about money.
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  • Reward 8 of 8
    We end our shopping trip with a small, non-food reward. One store hands out stickers — which decorate our van windows — while another has a penny pony ride.

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