Monday, February 19, 2007

I need to get out more

I went grocery shopping today. Nothing earth shattering...totally normal, in fact. But it scares me just how obsessed I have become with saving my family money and paying as little as possible for things at the register.

At Albertson's, I saved $31.84 with my Albetson's savings card, saved another $6.75 with coupons and only paid $18.32 for my groceries. With that money I got 6 boxes of cereal, 2 boxes of taco shells, a cake mix and frosting for Chloe's upcoming birthday, 4 cans of Enchilada sauce, 2 boxes of fruit snacks, 2 boxes of Gogurt, 2 of the yogurt drinks that Joel loves, and a bag of those Terra exotic vegetable chips for me and my fancy diet. And the chips cost 4 bucks all by themselves...really missing Trader Joe's right about now.

Then I went to WalMart and finished my shopping and was able to get out of there for way under budget. That was even buying some material to make a throw pillow, some clearanced candles and candleholder and a couple other non-food non-essentials (all of which were for some home decorating/home organization project or the other).

All of this is good and great and grand...but what I don't understand is how positively giddy I was about all the great deals. A year ago I didn't care. Didn't read the ads or plan menus. Just went shopping and hoped that I stayed under budget. And since I usually didn't stay under budget I'd just sigh and think well, a family has to eat...what can I do?

Now I comb the ads instead of throwing them in the garbage as soon as they arrive. I make menu lists and shopping lists. I clip coupons. I am willing to go to 2 or 3 stores in order to get the best deals.

But, it's helping us to keep our heads above water and have financial peace. I only wish I'd figured that out a long time ago. Like when student loans were what we were living off instead of paying off.

Oh well. Live and learn. And get your kicks from bargain shopping.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. We all have to get our kicks somehow. :)

  2. I need to be more like that! I'm still in the "hoping to stay under budget" - OH WAIT - we don't have a budget!!! Once again, you inspire me!

  3. Well, if you're going to be obsessed with something, bargain shopping is a good choice! I should spend more time with the ads.

    Right now I'm obsessed with getting through a grocery shopping trip with no screaming tantrums. Did I ever look at others with the same disdain I see when my kids are screaming? Sheesh, I hope not. If so, never again -- that's for sure. :)

  4. You might be a long lost sister of my wife. She makes our budget money do amazing things. Our life style is better than good and we don't have to go broke doing it.

    Lucy's Frugal Living should you want to stop by and see what she has to offer, it's linked on my page.