If grocery shopping isn’t enough of a pain–having to leave the house, driving to the supermarket, toting your shopping cart around the store, getting all of your groceries into the shopping cart, waiting in line to pay for your groceries, the action of putting your groceries onto the conveyer belt, paying for your groceries, toting the groceries to the car, driving back home, moving your groceries from your car to the house back on its rightful shelf (phew! What a mouthful!)……
Try accomplishing all of this with a chronic illness.
Not so fun, right? When engaging in this tedious task alone, it’s more like going grocery shopping with a black bear on your back who really wants to get trail mix and since you don’t even like trail mix, the bear is going to throw a temper tantrum on your back, growling and clawing away at your body.
Take the bear out of the picture, and that’s most likely the way you feel when you have to handle the grocery shopping solo–exhausted, achy, and wishing that Walmarts came with beds to nap on.
You can tell that bear to go take a hike, because there’s something called the Shopping Buddy System–a system where you have somebody help you out with the grocery shopping!
Having someone with you when doing the weekly shopping makes life a lot easier. I haven’t gone grocery shopping in awhile (due to the flare that I was dealing with), so my family has been doing it for me. Yesterday, I needed to get my prescriptions at Walmart (and it was also shopping day), so my sister and I went to Walmart to tackle half of the grocery shopping. Afterwards, we went to Big Y to do the rest of the shopping. I can definitely say that having a “shopping buddy” is the best! Not only was it helpful for me, but my sister found it helpful as well (and she’s healthy).
Here are some of the benefits of engaging in the “Shopping Buddy System”:
- If you’re too tired or achy to drive, your “shopping buddy” can do that job.
- You’ll have someone to keep you company and they can distract you from your pain and fatigue.
- You can either push the shopping cart or you can just follow along–you have two choices in the matter, so you don’t have to tote around the shopping cart if you don’t want to.
- You can leave the heavy groceries to your “shopping buddy”.
- You and your “shopping buddy” can work together in putting the groceries on the conveyer belt.
- When you return home, your “shopping buddy” can help you with unloading the groceries from the car and putting them away.
A “shopping buddy” can really be anyone–husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, siblings, relatives, friends….children can be very helpful when it comes to getting the groceries off the shelf, putting them in the cart, pushing the cart, and putting the groceries on the conveyer belt. However, they can’t help you with the driving part (not unless if they have their license–something an 8 eight year old most certainly doesn’t have!).
The question for today is: do you have a “shopping buddy”, and does it make grocery shopping easier for you?