Late yesterday afternoon, Shlomo asked Yitzchak for a nap – and Yitzchak put him into his crib. Yes, Yitzchak, I know Shlomo wants a nap – he asked me two and a half hours ago. But, he’s not that tired, and if we want him to go to sleep early, he shouldn’t nap now. No matter, what’s done is done – no reason to make a big fuss.
We needed to buy diapers. A few months ago, the brand that we usually buy changed their pattern. With that change, the amount that the diaper absorbed also changed – for the worse. Then, almost a month ago, when we had only one diaper left, I asked a neighbor to pick up diapers for us when she went out (obviously, I said I would pay her back), and because she didn’t find our usual brand, she bought a different one. My neighbor picked up two packages, and they worked great. So great, in fact, that we decided to only buy this brand from now on. The problem? Not every store carries them. After Yitzchak had checked three stores, I looked at the company’s website. There I found a list of stores that carry their brand. One of them was out of the way, but close enough to be worthwhile.
The connection between the first two paragraphs? We were running out of diapers; Shlomo wasn’t going to go to sleep at his bedtime. So, I decided that we should do our grocery shopping at Rami Levy, instead of Osher Ad (where we usually go). And how, exactly, do we do grocery shopping?
Well, I’ve decided that we go to the store too often, and would save time and money by following a menu plan . . . and doing supermarket shopping once every two weeks (excluding milk, which almost always expires a week after you buy it).
For vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains (not grain products, grains themselves), we go to the shuk. Yitzchak studies next to the shuk, so buying whatever we need from there is not an issue. For everything else, we go to the supermarket, once every two weeks. It hasn’t worked out perfectly – sometimes I go only after three weeks – but it’s going okay, and hopefully will get better.
We went to the store. We did our grocery shopping, and our diaper shopping. We did end up coming back later than we wanted to, but on the other hand, Shlomo went to sleep right away. And we all know that either he would’ve stayed awake playing, or stayed awake in his crib complaining. At least we avoided that and used our time for something . . . right?