I love taking trips to the store with my husband. We have so much fun goofing around together.
Today, we ran many errands that landed us at CVS, Walmart, Harris Teeter, and Rite Aid. I had a plan for each location. I came armed with coupons and sales circulars. Before we left, I made a list of all the items I wanted to purchase and calculated how much the entire shopping trip would cost.
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.
I’ve been much less obsessive about saving money lately. I stopped shopping at Rite Aid and CVS every week.
I now travel there only when there is a great deal and only when we need something. This is a sign of significant progress.
Stop Overthinking Every Purchase
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 I never know what will happen when my husband comes along for the ride.
I 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 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 its monthly buy-one-get-one sale, and I know that he’ll think nothing of buying a box of popcorn, even though 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 would never 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.
Stop Overthinking Your Money
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 saving tendencies seem much less important. 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 my husband is not with me?