Here's the thing: I am not, nor have I ever been, a bargain shopper when it comes to groceries. I have never clipped coupons, looked at sales circulars, compared prices, etc. In fact, if one were to observe my *hem* spending habits, one might conclude that I was only PARTIALLY CONSCIOUS for my shopping trips. I'm not proud of it but I couldn't tell you the price of the OJ I buy for The Man, or the price of a box of 'bars' that I buy for TLNG, as I don't really PAY ATTENTION. I just pick what I want off of the shelf and I put it in mah bahsket. The only price of which I am certain, is the loaf of challah bread that I buy to make french toast (b/c OMG, challah french toast?? Kicks ASS.)
Um. NINE DOLLARS.
No, I'm not joking. I'll pause to let that sink in.
And I'll even admit that the only reason I KNOW that fact is because The Man came back from a run to the store AGHAST and TOLD me so.
I KNOW. It's an Upper Middle Class Sob Story (tm: Tess) if you've ever heard one.
I'm not an excessive spender in general, though. I don't buy myself expensive things. I haven't purchased an item of clothing for myself in FOREVER (seriously? I think I might have been pregnant,) and when I do shop for myself, it's usually at Target. I will say that I buy nice shoes (at Marshall's or whatever.)
I'm getting off point.
What was my point again?
Oh, yeah. Grocery shopping. I am thinking that it's time to tighten the reigns after [
an email from our accountant, telling us that the tax situation looks (quote) UGLY THIS YEAR (end-quote)] some reflection and soul searching.
So, I'm looking at the circulars and [
saying HUUUH?] wondering how you budget conscious shoppers do it.
I should say that there are some non-negotiables that I don't mind spending extra for: some organic products etc. But there's still a LOT of room for fat-trimmage.
So, tell a New Girl: How do you do it? The saving money on groceries.
And don't be all wiseacre and smart-ass about the challah. Until you TRY IT.
And THEN, imagine that this here is ME, taking all your good advice: