I went to the store last night, because I had about 2000 coupons which were going to expire... And I learned a hard lesson: restraint. It was difficult for me to stick to the on sale and have a coupon plan I've been using lately, especially since I hadn't shopped in a few weeks. In fact, I pretty much destroyed it completely... FAIL
I bought a couple things that were on sale, and a couple that I had a coupon for, and most of it was things I needed, but I could have done better. I didn't need to buy a pound of bacon to have for breakfast, or a steak to have for dinner, but I was craving it! I didn't need orange juice, but I hadn't had any in weeks, and I had a coupon! I didn't need peanut butter, but we were out of it, and I had a coupon! I certainly didn't need perogies, but they are a nice treat, and I had a coupon! I didn't need green beans, but it is really iffy buying them from the farmer's market, and if they didn't have any I would have to go back to the store! I did need toilet paper. Really, that's all I actually needed at the store.
On the other hand, I had a nice steak dinner last night, with perogies and green beans. And this morning I had bacon, eggs, and toast, with a nice tall glass of orange juice. Those 2 meals just kind of cost me $44 though. Ouch.
How do I kind of justify it? Well, I cut the steak into small pieces, vacuum sealed them, and have about 4 steak dinners left. I did the same with the bacon, divided it into sections of about 4 slices and vacuum sealed them to have some other weekend. The green beans should last me a week or two, and the perogies should last a month or so, they are a sometimes-treat.
Honestly though, its not really justifiable. I should be going to the store every week! What if steak had been on sale last week? Then I would have already had some and wouldn't have gone shopping with a craving in mind... Some of those coupons may have been put to better use in previous weeks, if only I had gone shopping!
How do you deal with being too busy or too lazy to go shopping? Do you have a shopping day? Do you avoid scheduling things on that day? What if something crops up? How do you make yourself go? Living by myself as I currently do, I could live on whats in my apartment for weeks...
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