I’ll admit it. I’m a grocery store impulse shopper. I stroll the aisles mindlessly picking out things that look good and peak my interest. Oooh the blackberries, the kiwi, the rib-eye steaks and then there’s the wine aisle with all those labels…don’t even get me started.
I make a grocery list and 99% of the time leave it on the kitchen counter. Then I proceed to “wing it” at the store.
Shopping on autopilot is one of my many talents. I buy the same brands, not making substitutions for products that might be better or are on sale.
Does this mean I’m not flexible?
Maybe that’s the problem, I’m not flexible!
I’m pretty sure in my “cruising the aisles with a latte” mentality I buy WAY more than I need. If it looks or smells good it ends up in the basket without consideration to cost, need or longevity. Stupid I know.
Last week the Wild Boar and I were having a conversation about tortillas.
I asked him if he likes the brand they sell at Costco or does he prefer the ones from our local grocery store. He went on and on about all the things he likes about the different one’s…blah, blah, blah.
Yes, this was one of our daily riveting conversations but then he asked, “How much do tortillas cost? Is it better to buy them at Costco?”
Ummm, I had absolutely NO IDEA! None! Why? I told you, I shop on autopilot. They could be $17 a dozen and I wouldn’t know it.
Hmmm. I need to pay attention.
I need to stop going to the store hungry.
I need a meal plan.
I need to stop taking the hooligans to the store with me and letting them fill up the cart with Ho-Ho’s and Lucky Charms.
I need to buy fresh foods that are in season. What a concept right?
Wow, this is a lot to concentrate on but I think I can handle it. I think it would be worth it. Wouldn’t it?
So what does everyone else do to save money at the grocery store?
Do you shop specials?
Use your club card? Don’t you think they should just give you the sale price if it’s on sale? I mean what the heck.
When somethings on sale, do you buy boatloads of it?
Store Brands vs. National Brands?
Stick to a list…one of my biggest flaws?
Buy in bulk?
Holy cow, there are so many ways to save. Maybe I should look into doing some of them.
What’s your best strategy?