I blew our grocery budget.
I’m not even going to tell you by how much, because that is a fact I will take to the grave. Only my husband knows, and believe me he has told me about it . . . a few times . . . since he figured out just how much I went over.
It was a lot. Seriously, I mean a lot. I could have had a nice hair cut and highlights, perhaps even a blow dry, for the amount I went over in groceries last month. Maybe a new purse. Yes, definitely a new purse and possibly some matching shoes. Maybe even a new pair of pants. I could have filled up our gas tank. A few times.
I’m frustrated about this, if you can’t tell! It isn’t as though we’ve been eating anything exotic. Sushi? Ha, we’re lucky to get fish on sale for $5.99 a pound. Steak? Nope, not at all, because I grimace at the price tag. Chicken, yes, when I get it on sale for $1.99 a pound.
Nothing exotic. No artichoke hearts, which I really love. No special cheeses, which make my mouth water. No fancy desserts.
We eat simple stuff. Spaghetti and meatballs for them, spaghetti with beans and eggplant for me. We eat pizza once a week that we make or that we buy already frozen. We eat chicken on the grill or chicken with mustard sauce or just plain chicken sauteed in a pan. We eat fresh fruits and fresh veggies every day but only those that are on sale.
I never buy anything that is not on sale. Someone once asked what brand of toilet paper we use. “You mean some people actually only purchase one particular brand?” I responded, shocked. The questioner nodded. “You mean a specific brand and not what is on sale?” I urged. The questioner nodded as though I had two heads. Apparently she was one of those people.
Not me. Whatever is on sale, besides one horrible brand that really caused some issues for our family once because it was rougher than sandpaper, that is what we buy.
Yet I went over budget again, and now I am committed to sticking with our budget. So there have to be some changes made in our diet, a reconfiguring of what we have to have and what we want to have. Food that include protein, I have to make the family realize, doesn’t just include something that once walked the earth and mooed. Beans have tons of protein, as does peanut butter, though I think even my kids would grow bored of pb & honey sandwiches every night for dinner.
I used to take part in the grocery game, and I still follow the principles of this by purchasing items on sale and with coupons. Sometimes I get sick of this though. I mean, if I want chocolate chip cookies, soft cookies, the kind that melt in your mouth, then I want them. I don’t want to wait for them to go on sale.