Option not taken to pay a babysitter while you go to the store, $10-15
1 cart with about a month's worth of groceries ~$230
Making it to the checkout line with 3 kids and not a single tantrum- PricelessWithout Jason around and even with Jason around sometimes, I have to go to the store by myself with kids in tow.
This is how I survive. I plan ahead. I go first thing in the morning after breakfast or immediately after naps. No tired and cranky fits.
I start out by getting one of those annoying to drive Tanks of a cart. I buckle all 3 kids in. (Just in case you are wondering, you can put duct tape around the buckle so your five year old can't undo it. I'm just sayin'...)
I bring a bag with books and one toy for each of the boys and attach it the the handle in front of them. I bring an assortment of toys for Pais, but only ones that can attach to the cart handle. I don't want to be picking up toys the entire time.
It is also mandatory to bring water bottles and snacks.
And finally, you run through the store as fast as you can getting everything you need. I would love to say that I plan ahead this much every time. Alas, instead I end up with 5 things in my cart and wanting to strangle kids and kick myself for not doing this. Life is much much easier when I do this.
There Jason, I hope this satisfies your need for pictures.