I love taking trips to the store with my husband. We have so much fun goofing around together.
Today we ran a bunch of errands that landed us at CVS, Walmart, Harris Teeter and Rite Aid. I came armed with coupons and sales circulars. I knew exactly what I intended to purchase at each location and how much the entire shopping trip would cost me. I realize that sounds ridiculously anal, but it’s the best way to bargain shop and stock up on necessary household items when prices are low.
Actually I’ve been much less obsessive about saving money lately. I stopped shopping at Rite Aid and CVS on a weekly basis. I now travel there only when there is a really great deal and only when I think we will need a product relatively soon. While I used to shop weekly, I bet I’ve only gone once in the last three or four weeks. I take this as a sign of great progress.
When I shop by myself I am very good at avoiding temptation. I stick to the list and rarely deviate from my original intentions, but when my husband comes along for the ride I never know what will happen.
I definitely spend more money when he’s with me. He thinks nothing of adding various products to our cart regardless of whether or not they are on sale. I know it’s cheaper to purchase lunch meat and make our own sandwiches, but I know he’ll head to the sandwich counter where someone will make them for us.
I know he’ll reach for the container of soup although Harris Teeter isn’t running it’s monthly buy-one-get-one sale and I know that he’ll think nothing of buying a box of popcorn although it’s not on sale that week and I don’t have a coupon.
When we shop together I find his attitude contagious and I watch myself adding items that I never would have picked up if I were alone. When I’m with him I think, that nine-layer dip looks good and that brie cheese looks unbelievably tasty. I’m always amazed by how much extra food shows up on the conveyor belt at the checkout counter.
I still cringe a little as I watch the register screen fill with full-priced numbers, but I’m so happy to be with my husband, that it makes my anal, saving tendencies seem much less important. In fact, I think going out with him helps me put things back into perspective.
We make good money and we don’t have to use coupons for everything we buy. So how do I get myself to stop overthinking every purchase when he’s not with me?