Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Traumatized By Grocery Shopping
Fast forward to last week. I'm not sure what come over us--besides the really good prices on most grocery items at the commissary--but we started filling our basket with all kinds of canned food, produce, meat, and other things that looked tasty. Unfortunately when we got through the check out line, we ended up with a bill for $117.30!!! We haven't shopped like this in over a year! I guess we got kind of carried away with the fact that we now have an actual home and an actual kitchen and we immediately reverted back to our old ways. Bad idea.
We were both still reeling from the shock when we got home and put away all of the groceries and we decided then and there that we would never grocery shop like that again. Over the past year we have learned to shop for only the items we will be cooking during the next few days. No stockpiling, no taking advantage of low prices and buying a case of a product when we only need one or two cans. And you know what? This method has saved us a lot of money. It has allowed us to cut down on the amount of food that we waste as well as made us use up all of the perishable items we bought instead of using a bit of this item and bit of that item and leaving the rest to moulder away in the veggie bin. Most importantly, we aren't buying all kinds of things that we will never use and eventually end up giving away to the food bank or throwing away because the item has reached it expiration date.
It may seem wasteful to some people not to buy in bulk but we have found that for just the two of us, buying a minimum amount of groceries at a time is the best way for us to shop and allows us to save a lot of money too!