Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Too scared to buy groceries

My grocery list this week stared me down and flipped me the bird, leaving me afraid to load up my cart.

So, what did I do? Crossed off everything that wasn't absolutely necessary. Peanut Butter? The kids can scrape the jar clean. Pecorino cheese (I like it better than Parmesan) for pasta? Unnecessary! Aluminum foil? An extravagance we can live without. Psst don't tell my sister, but I snuck over to her house and took a square. Turns out it wasn't something I could live without, but now, I am fighting with myself not to save that square in case I need foil again before I get around to buying some.

And then, I ended up spending only around $130.00. I need to buy a few more things, but I'm still going to end up around $145. Far below the $200 I am allotted. The peanut butter, cheese and foil would've been fine.

What happened to the woman who would spend a fortune on groceries without blinking? She is long gone and it only took a little over a month. I just kept thinking, how much will everything cost at the other store? I can't risk it.

I suppose the more I do this, the better I'll get, but in the meantime, we are working on living (mostly) without, and yes, like my Grandma would've done when I was a kid, the foil is sitting in my drawer. Just in case.

Thanks, Sister!

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