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Here are the results from my coupon shopping experiment to find out what happens when the Bayless Boys coupon shop without me?
Does this happen at your house….you return home from spending all morning at the grocery store, only to have your husband ask you what took so long? Is that all you bought? Or I can’t believe you spent all that money on groceries!
In my family, I’m the one who does about 95% of the grocery shopping. When my husband and I got married ten years ago, grocery shopping became my “job” (aside from my full time job working in the banking industry). I am very familiar with the layout and prices of a lot of products at the stores I frequently shop. This past week, he was home for a few days for his school’s Easter break, so I decided to send him to the store with our two boys to do our grocery shopping for the week. I thought it would be a good way for him to see exactly what I do each week, see what exactly my grocery money gets spent on, and I also knew it meant I would get a few hours to myself!
Preparing the men to shopI thought I did a decent job of preparing him for this trip. I did everything I do each week before I head to the store (scanning ads, matching sales, clipping coupons, making a list). I gave him a few pointers before they left the house (and I headed out for a nice hour long jog by myself).
While they were shopping, I received a few text messages with simple questions about items on the list or where specific items were in the store. The only time I could sense he was getting frustrated was when his message read something like “I need an answer or we’re leaving!”
What I can improve on for next time (if there is a next time!)My husband had a list of “do’s and don’ts” by the time they returned from the store!
His shopping successesHe did have some positives to this grocery trip, but I don’t expect him to volunteer to go again anytime soon.
It certainly didn’t hurt my husband to do our grocery shopping for the week. It gave him some extra time to spend with our kids (and me some much needed and deserved “me” time!), and I also think he appreciates the work I do each week when I head to the grocery store. I don’t expect him to volunteer to go back anytime soon, but maybe if I do a better job with my list, he just might!
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