Grocery Shopping Tips for Seniors

Mar 30th, 2020 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Start With a List

As this message is being written, Planet Earth is in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Seniors are among the most vulnerable groups for experiencing complications from any virus and becoming seriously ill. Those over the age of 60 must stay home and away from people; we don’t know who may have the virus and not know it; as a result our habits must change, and that includes how we shop for groceries.

Sometimes we seniors need some reminders, and that’s the purpose of this message. In this day of staying at home and away from people, we still have daily tasks we must address. And grocery shopping is at the top of the list. Whether we order online or have someone shop for us, we have to make a list so we don’t end up with a bunch of groceries we don’t need and won’t use, and also so we indeed get everything we want for the week (or however long it is between shopping trips).

So here is the list of tips, and if you have one we left out, be sure to leave a comment:

  • Start with a list that is based on a menu of meals you plan to prepare. That means you need to chart out the meals for the week (or whatever length of time you plan for), breakfast/lunch/dinner or breakfast/big meal, if you are a two-meal person. Be sure you think through each meal and note all the ingredients you will need so you don’t end up trying to prepare something that leaves out an important piece.
  • Once your meal plan is completed, begin your shopping list of each and every item you need during the period of time for which you are planning. If you are not used to planning meals for an entire week, this may be a bit of a challenge. Take your time and don’t beat yourself up if you forget something. Just add it to next week’s list and plan that item for a meal later on.
  • You likely have items you purchase every week. Prepare a ‘Master List‘ of those items and be sure you include them when you make your order.
  • You are either ordering online or have someone buying groceries for you. If you have help from someone under 60 who can buy for you, be sure to review the list with him/her and answer all their questions regarding brands and quantities. Be available by telephone if an item you want isn’t available, but a substitution might work.
  • If you are ordering online, you will need to find all the items on your list, identify quantities and possible substitutions if your choice is not available. Grocery stores are making online ordering easy and painless these days, offering not only all their inventory but paying online and then delivering the groceries to your front door! Be sure to make a note of when your delivery will arrive.
  • If you need help ordering online, be sure to ask a family member or friend to walk you through it, or to do it on your behalf.

I thought about my childhood as I started to write this, remembering my mother and grandmothers walking to the corner grocery store and getting their groceries. I also remember them calling the store and ordering via telephone, having the groceries delivered once the order was completed. Our lives today aren’t so much different than 70 years ago.

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