We all know the rule about not grocery shopping hungry.
Well, I simply do not know how to follow that rule. So, in defense of my wallet, I have developed my own rules for grocery shopping.
Only buy what’s on the list. I have a list app that allows me to share the grocery list with the other member of my household. That way, when either of us is at the grocery store, we already know if the other needs anything. And I do not stray from the list. That includes avoiding aisles that don’t contain the items on the list.
Only indulge in sale items if they happen to be on the list at the time of the sale. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate a good deal. But if I end up buying something that was on sale but that I have no need of, that’s money I didn’t need to spend.
Only indulge in clearance items if the clearance price is less than $1. In most grocery stores there is a wonderful section that contains items that are a little damaged. Maybe the cardboard box is torn or the can is dented. Or the item will no longer be stocked. And the manager of the store just wants them gone, so the prices are markedly reduced. In this section, it can be hard for me to control my urge to impulse shop. The prices can be temptingly low. So, I have a special rule. If my impulse purchase will cost me less than $1, then I’ll buy it. Seriously. Those dented cans of crushed tomatoes for $1.09 stayed on the shelf. But the boxes of mac and cheese for 99 cents came home with me.
What are your grocery shopping rules?