How grocery shopping could benefit your kids towards success in the classroom. These instructions can help you understand how to make it work!

This post will discuss the benefits of grocery shopping for kids in order to help them succeed in school… particularly in math!

Grocery shopping isn’t usually considered a favorite activity for many parents. While we view grocery shopping as just a weekly routine (or maybe even a chore), you may want to consider how this could be very beneficial to your child’s success in the classroom.

This FUN activity will not only benefit your child but can also help you possibly save a few dollars in the process! Lets be honest… we almost always end up shopping for items with our “eyes” not our list!

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How it works?

It is so simple!

  1. Make a grocery list.
  2. Give your child a budget.
  3. Have them keep a running total on the list as you shop for each item. (To make it less complicated, look under the “estimation heading” below!)
  4. Help them pay when it is time to check out.

Kids can benefit so much by helping their parents shop. Here are some mathematical areas in which kids can grow:

  • Word Problems
  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Estimating
  • Multiplying
  • Comparing

Benefits of Grocery Shopping include:

Word Problems

Let’s be honest… word problems are every kids NIGHTMARE! For some reason or another when a student comes across a mathematical word problem their minds automatically shut down. CONFIDENCE IS KEY!

Grocery shopping is nothing but a giant word problem for kids, without them even realizing it. Being able to apply real life scenarios to math will help their brains think like a word problem. The more they do it, the more confidence they will have!


Adding is a key component in everyday life. Just like anything else, the more practice the better kids will get. While items are added to the cart, the price will be added to the list. USE AND EXPLAIN MATH TERMS such as “running total” to make sure your child is understanding their work.


While there is less subtracting compared to adding in this activity, it will could come in to play while grocery shopping. Watching out for items on sale will require subtraction. You can simply ask your child, “how much cheaper is this bread compared to that bread?” Using coupons could also come in handy when it comes to subtracting items.


A LOT of students struggle with the concept of estimating! The benefits of grocery shopping will provide the perfect opportunity to help them grasp estimating.

To simplify this activity you can teach kids how to estimate. A lot of items in the grocery store end with $ .99! (A scheme companies use to make a product appear cheaper than it really does). Instead of having your child add the decimals, allow them to round up to a whole number.

This makes it easier for kids to keep a running total on the list as the dollar amount will always be a whole number.

*Note: You do not need to have them estimate if you want them to practice using decimals. This makes it more difficult, but will be more challenging for older kids.


Multiplying will come in handy especially when you have multiple of the same items on your list. For example, if you need to buy 3 gallons of milk at $2 a piece, have your child multiply instead of add the same dollar amount twice. Again, this is extra practice for those scary word problems!

For more multiplication practice check out this post HERE!


Grocery shopping will provide great opportunities for kids to have extra exposure to the math concept of comparing. There are so many ways to compare items. You can compare by price, weight, volume, size, etc. For example, when looking at apples there are so many different options. Have your child compare the price of the green apples to the red ones. After comparing the price ask them what they think they should buy based on their price and budget!

For more ideas of how to help your child with math concepts CLICK HERE!

I hope you found this post helpful! The benefits of grocery shopping while your kids use this idea can be a FUN way to help them learn!

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