When do you organize your groceries?

September 28th, 2012

Over the past two weeks, I got involved in a social media conversation about organizing your groceries.  I think most would agree that organizing your groceries as you put them away makes a lot of sense but how do you feel about organizing groceries while still at the store?

I believe the conversation first started by this card Geralin Thomas posted on Facebook.  The Facebook post garnered 155 Likes, 49 Comments and 41 Shares.  It also created a multi-day dialogue on Twitter.  Comments included everything from cashier insensitivity to “my cashiers rock!” to “I go to self-checkout for this exact reason.”  There were many (including myself) that as this “card” states, place our items on the conveyor belt exactly as we would like them bagged.

In Montgomery County, MD (my home county) and in neighboring Washington, DC, we are charged a fee for not using our own bags.  Not only do I bring my own bags, I am a fan of Tote Buddy.  Tote Buddy neatly holds piles of reusable bags, helping you declutter and stay organized for every shopping trip.  My conveyor belt organization, grocery list and coupon organization along with my Tote Buddy, bag organization has caused some cashiers to stop and take pause in amazement.    To the point that, they have asked me for information on how to purchase a Tote Buddy.

Tote Buddy

Maybe it is just the cashiers at my local Harris Teeter but I find that when the cashier is observant and sees the effort you have put in to organizing your purchases, they try bag it accordingly.  My items are placed on the conveyor belt based on where they go once they are brought in to the house.  All of the cosmetics that go to the bedrooms in one bag, all of the laundry and cleaning supplies that stay in the basement in another bag, dry food stuffs in another and the normal refrigerated and freezer in another.    I kinda thought that this was normal but this conversation has told me that apparently it is not.

 

I have read comments that some go as far as freezer goods go in one color bag, dry goods in another color, produce in another.  Do you organize your groceries while still at the store?  How far do you go?  I’d love to hear your comments below.

 

 

 

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Give Back to School

July 27th, 2009

Can you believe it is almost back to school time?

While you are creating your list of back to school items, look through your home first. Do you already own any of the supplies on the back to school list? Did you find items that you bought in the past but realized that you don’t need?

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There are many charities that collect school supplies for those less fortunate. I donate often to The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF). NCCF runs shelters and programs in Washington, DC and Maryland. They help homeless families, at risk youth and provide assistance for battered women and children. The children who live in these shelters go to the local public schools. Many of their school friends do not know that they live in a shelter. I am certain these types of programs and accommodations are in your community as well.

You can help these children have the supplies they need by donating those unused notebooks, glue, colored pencils, etc that you overbought in the past. Additionally, Office Depot. Staples, Walmart and other big box discounters are currently offering amazing savings on back to school items. Many items are being offered for $.25 or $1.00. Then there are the buy one, get one free offers. If your child only needs one, put the free one in a bag for the children in the shelter.

Here is the back to school wish list from NCCF. I am sure charities in your area are looking for many of the same items. You can help make a difference in a child’s life by cleaning out your own home and picking up some new supplies at little or no cost. Start looking how you can help a family out today.

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