Monday, May 7, 2012

Why didn't I take cash!

So I used to be a high end couponer.  Used to be is the optimum word.  I wasn't one of those extreme couponers who bought things to make money or stockpiled toilet paper for three years.  But I did use a lot of coupons.  I didn't buy anything at the grocery store unless it was on sale or I had a coupon and preferably it had to be both.  It worked well for a while, but it was a lot of work.  A couple of hours on the weekends just to print out sales, ads, and clip coupons.
The kids are older now and all three are in sports or music/drama. We have lots of sports on the weekends.  I have gotten complacent and thought that as long as I stay in my grocery budget every week, then it was ok that I wasn't doing a lot of coupons.
Last week I went to the grocery store almost every day.  At least five times.  I didn't go over my budget, shocking as that was to me since I wasn't keeping track as I went along, but it was annoying to say the least.  I would get ready to make something and be out of eggs or mayo.  I knew it was time to make a menu and plan a list.
Well, fast forward to this weekend's "big" grocery shopping trip.  I made a list, clipped a few coupons and headed to the grocery store.  But I didn't take cash.  I had a $120 budget.  I started with produce, but I kept going back down the rows to get more stuff.  My cart got fuller and fuller and I knew that I had gone over budget.  But we didn't have much to eat at home.  The biggest problem I had was that it was 1pm and I hadn't eaten.  I ended up buying four or more different things I wanted to eat for lunch.  Once I unloaded the groceries, I realized that I had leftovers in the frig to eat!  Now I had too much food!  The bill came to $210, ouch!  
I learned two valuable lessons:  
Eat before you go and take CASH!