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Remembering Your Shopping




I am sure I am not the only person who forgets what they wanted when they get to the shops. Aimlessly wandering the shelves trying to remember what it was doesn’t help. Of course once I arrive back home I remember what it was. There are then 2 choices return to the shops to buy what I needed or wait until the next time I go to the shops. Returning to the shops is a pain for anyone but when you don’t drive , it is both tiring and a waste of time.

Many people have told me that I need to write a shopping list. You can’t forget what you need if you have it written down in front of you. This is very true. The problem is 9 times out of 10, I either lose the shopping list or just forget to take it with me. A shopping list really isn’t very much help sitting at home on the kitchen counter.

I thought about this for a while and I came up with an idea that works for me. So I thought I would share it with you incase it can help anyone else. I open my email on my computer. You can use your phone, but I find typing on the computer easier than those small touch  screen buttons on my phone. I write a list of everything I need at the shops and then email it to myself.  When I am at the shops I open my email on my phone and there is my shopping list. Of course you still have to remember to take your phone to the shops. However I find I am much more likely to forget my shopping list then my phone

You could also do this by sending a SMS to yourself. Which is better for you, would depend on your phone plan and internet access.  It doesn’t cost to send an email but you must have an internet connection to send it or mobile data if you send it from your phone. You also must have mobile data to access the email in the shop. If you SMS it to yourself it costs you for the SMS but it  doesn’t require data to retrieve it and there isn’t a problem if the internet reception in the shop isn’t good.

The other good thing is that I don’t have to try to decipher my handwriting. If you send your partner or children to the shops then you can just email or SMS the list to them. If like me you have bad handwriting they wont have to guess what you have written. Young people these days never go anywhere without their phones so they wont forget the shopping list either.

The only problem now is that I have to wear my glasses to the shops so that I can read the list 🙂

Sharon Beaumont

I am a single mother of 4 who has lived with dyspraxia for several decades. My hope is that by sharing my experiences I can help to raise awareness of dyspraxia. I trained as an Education Assistant but found some areas of this to be a difficult career if you have dyspraxia. Currently I am an Information Technology Student and am trying to teach my self to speak French. I love travel, writing and anything French.

  • This is a nice post Sharon. You can try some of the shopping list apps and see if you like them.


    May 26, 2015

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