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Grocery Shopping Goes Teen
Sunday, Aug. 03, 2003, 1:05 p.m.

QUESTION: Why go shopping yourself?

WHAT I LEARNED: Want milk - get teens.

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Yesterday I went grocery shopping and I took along my 14 year old son and a nice kid who belongs to a friend of the family - she was visiting for the day. I like grocery shopping and frankly would rather have the main consumers of food in my house - teenagers and their teenage friends - come along and make some food selections.

I find this better than a list because:

  • I lose the list before I get into the store anyway,
  • If we forget anything I can blame the kid/s,
  • Impromptu meal planning is fun - like a Rubik's Cube with calories,
  • Someone else can push the cart,
  • We never forget the coke, the milk, the chips & dip, popcorn, the cookie dough, the brownie mix, the Tuna Helper, the Lipton's noodle soup, or the ice cream when a teen shopper is pushing the cart,
  • Guess who doesn't have to load the stuff onto the check-out counter,
  • Built in helpers reduce mom's chore stress - bags magically get thrown into the trunk and back seat and if mom is on a roll those same bags make it into the house on the other end of the shopping trip without good old mom lifting a finger.

Teenagers - mother's best kept secret for a well-stocked kitchen.

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