Have noticed I've been a little missing around here this week?
No, I didn't have the baby–not yet, but I'll be "full-term" next week so hopefully I'll have some good news to share on that front pretty soon! Instead, I've been preoccupied with details surrounding my brother's wedding tomorrow, including spending lots of time with out-of-town guests and relatives.
Needless to say, blogging has been almost last on the list of priorities this week. I've missed you all, though, and look forward to jumping back into the swing of things once the wedding celebrations are over around here.
I did make it to the store this week. In fact, I had quite the trip to Aldi and Dillons. After going over two weeks without stepping foot in a store, I made up for it on this shopping trip!
Here's what we bought:
I was so happy to be able to snag so much high-quality ground beef, a roast, chicken breasts, produce, staple products, lots of dairy products, cereal and granola bars for $0.50/box and much more. Our cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer certainly look a bit more stocked now!
However, I did something completely uncharacteristic of myself when I was shopping this week and I don't know that I'd recommend it: I didn't use a calculator. I did sort of calculate the totals in my head (I guess it's impossible for me not to do this somewhat!) but I honestly didn't know how much my total was going to be when I went up to check out.
Since I had two weeks' worth of grocery money ($120 total) to use due to our not shopping for the last few weeks, I thought it would be a fun experiment to see what would happen if I didn't keep a running total as I put things in the cart.
The final verdict? I splurge more when I don't calculate. I could have guessed this, but it was good to be reminded of why I use a calculator. I'm pretty sure that I could have shaved $10 off my grocery bill had I been calculating totals and not doing a little bit of impulse buying.
That said, I still stayed quite a bit under budget. In fact, my total was just shy of $80. So in spite of the bit of "impulse buying", it was still a pretty good trip.
And now I'm off to the wedding rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I'll be back tomorrow evening (hopefully!) with the usual CVS and Walgreens deals and am excited to get back to more consistent blogging around here beginning next week.
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