As a small business owner you have to wear so many hats. Let's face it we have to wear just about every hat! It is hard work to work from home or out of a coffee shop. Sometimes you just don't have the resources to outsource all the jobs that it takes to run your business. We wear all of these hats:
Graphic Artist and Printer Liaison.
Mail List Supervisor.
Bulk Mail Expert.
Order Fulfillment Clerk.
Secretary and Customer Relations Service. .
Whew! I am exhausted just typing all of these.
One HAT that is not on this list is Personal Shopper. I dislike this hat because I have to really think when I wear this one. It requires memory and when you are a full on business owner, spouse, mom there's not much of that left after a full day at work. Am I right?! Here is method that I have developed for myself to keep my shopper hat on straight.
FPI's FREQUENTLY PURCHASED ITEMS
I make a list of FPI's, that's Frequently Purchased Items from each store to help me stay on track and not forget anything. I keep these lists in my phone in the notes app under each store name. I
Here are two of my lists from a couple of stores. I don't visit these stores every week so when I shop there, I want to make sure I stock up on my FPI's
Dollar Tree List
Light bulbs (always need these)
Chicken stock (best deal in town, I stock up on these)
Decorations (so easy to grab some cute holiday decorations to brighten up your office or home)
Reader glasses (they come in handy)
Ibuprofen & Medicines (no, they don't sell expired medicine here)
Balloons (party in the office, no problem grab a few $1 balloons & a card)
Toothbrushes (I stock up on these)
Trader Joe's List
Coconut oil spray
Napkins (nice enough to serve at a dinner party)
Cuban Black Beans (so flavorful)
Portabella mushroom fries
Shrimp (Huge shrimp from Argentina, and they taste just like lobster, awesome price too)
Chicken fried rice (Love this easy meal helper, usually get two bags)
Rice crackers (these are the best. Found above frozen dessert sections)
Tiny peas (I love peas!)
Garlic aioli Mustard
Chicken lime burgers
Angus beef burgers
Cruciferous slaw mix
Brussel sprouts (in a bag or fresh on the stalk when in season)
Avocado's number one
Tomatillo salsa (I make my Easy Posole Soup with this jar)
Two Buck Chuck (Charles Shaw wines)
Bread (pano & seed bread)
Kosher dill pickles
Shampoo (not the eucalyptus one, comparable to Wen brand shampoo)
Greeting Cards (always need these, great price at just $1)
Flowers & herbs
Moisturizer with SPF
Yes, all of these items are my frequently purchased items for these stores. I don't buy each one of these when I shop these places but I like to be reminded of the items just in case. I use to hate it when I would get home and forgot to pick something up that only that store sells, or I was "forced" to purchase another brand or spend more for an item that I could have picked up earlier.
Develop your own FPI's
You can develop your own list of FPI's to keep you from going crazy when you wear the shopper hat. Do it now, imagine yourself at your favorite store and head down each aisle. Make the list and then check it off when you shop. You can wear this hat with confidence that you won't forget a thing with your FPI list.