I do most of the shopping in our house, and I have successfully convinced my husband that items need to be on the list to get purchased. Just the other day, when I was on the way out the door to get groceries, he asked me to get ice cream. I totally forgot to get it until I was in the parking lot with my groceries.
Lately, we have had some issues with the turnaround time of things getting on the list and when they are purchased. One morning my husband used the last of the bacon and put it on the list; the next morning he was disappointed we didn’t have bacon yet. I stocked the milk on Thursday, Saturday afternoon it was almost gone, and Sunday he had to change his food choices because we were out of milk.
So how do I outsmart him? Well, I plan ahead for his…instant demands. I have a few secret hiding places where I stash a few of his things that would be problematic to not have. Okay, the hiding places aren’t exactly secret, but they’re out of the typical places he looks for stuff.
“Hey, Sharla, I need more medicine.”
“Okay, put it on the list. How soon do you need it?”
“I ran out yesterday.”
[Me sneaking a week's worth of medicine from the stash while he's writing it on the list.]
These little stashes have to be little, otherwise they become just the regular storage place. If he knew I had a three-month supply of medicine in that stash, he would just use the medicine from the stash. Since he knows there’s only a little bit there, he hasn’t even bothered to look for it. Basically, the stashes buy me time to get to the appropriate store. Also, I think he loves me a little more when I pull out just what he wants because I know him well enough to plan ahead.
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