What is it about the grocery store that lures me to buy 10 of the same item? Why did I just come home with 10 cans of tuna, 10 boxes of pasta-roni, 10 boxes of brownies, and 6 bags of French Fries, when I only went in to purchase veggies and lunch meat? I don’t have any children, and I’m not expecting to have anyone over. Will my husband and I really eat all of this food?
Most of the time I think I have a pretty good head on my shoulders. Usually I think long and hard about buying expendable items. I weigh my options, decide if I really need the item, and part with my hard earned money only after careful consideration. But for some reason this logic never works for me in the grocery store.
They say you shouldn’t go to the grocery store hungry. They say you should take a list. They say you should plan menus in advance and only purchase the staples that are necessary for that week. I have tried all of these. And believe me none of them work. It’s like extra endorphins fire neurons all over my brain at the sight of those 2/$5 signs.
So as usual instead of spending $20 in the grocery store this afternoon, I spent $127. Of course my sales receipt says I saved $22.10. Woo-pee. I think I could have saved $100 by just ordering my veggies and lunch meat through peapod. Maybe I’ll have better luck next time. But I’m pretty doubtful.