Becoming Debt Free in 2009

November 10, 2008

Grocery Store Mistakes

Filed under: Budget,Food — ambercouric @ 5:53 pm
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I have cut down on my trips to the grocery store and sorta put a plan in motion for a grocery budget. I have done so well only going to the grocery store twice a week and not buying Diet Coke and chips.

However, today was different. Here are my grocery store mistakes today.

1) Took my teenage son with me – his orthodontist is just across the street.
2) Did not follow my list. I had a list that had every thing I needed to last until my next trip on Saturday or Sunday.  If I would have stuck to the list the total would have been $20.
3) Did not look at the sales before I went. Once I got there I realized that several items I usually purchase were buy-one-get-one-free. So of course I threw a couple of each in the cart.
4) I purchased one 2 Liter Diet Coke on sale for $1. I don’t feel so bad about this because I normally would have spent $15 on Diet Coke 12 packs.
5) Did not say no to son. He was hungry and wanted several junk type things.
6) Only had $63 cash. Total was $66 so instead of taking something out of the cart. Like the Starbucks coffee – I paid for the whole thing with the debit card. DS was panic stricken that I might actually put something back. OH the embarrassment he couldn’t of handled it.

Now the SILVER LINING in the all of this – a month ago I would never have even thought about what I was putting in the cart and the trip probably would have cost $100. BABY STEPS.



  1. Congratulations on finding a positive! That’s an art in itself. So if you spent $66 instead of $20 will you be able to average it out over your next few trips?

    Comment by Mary@SimplyForties — November 10, 2008 @ 7:16 pm

  2. Hi there-yes, although you had some blips, it was on the whole a successful shopping trip, so very well done indeed!

    Comment by sharon rose — November 11, 2008 @ 4:24 am

  3. If I had a nickle for everytime I overspent at the grocery store…..

    Comment by Movingonup! — November 11, 2008 @ 12:25 pm

  4. Interesting, I just did a post today about cutting back on trips to the grocery store and hadn’t seen this yet. Great minds think alike. Ours always go the same way, walk in for 3 things walk out with 20. Oh but it’s on sale and we’ll use it…I just have to stay away, oh and leave Mr M behind cause he always adds junk and stuff we don’t need. He’s like a kid, if kids were 6′ tall and weighed 230.

    Comment by Miss M — November 11, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

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