I have a confession. Every single month since we’ve been married, I’ve gone over the grocery budget. Grrr. This isn’t a crisis, but it annoys me. Reason would tell me, “Duh, set the monthly amount higher.” No. I have an amount in my mind, and I WILL someday meet that goal. I will; I will; I will; I haven’t.
However, I am slowly getting better at this monthly exercise. Something that’s helped? Our cute little Walmart Neighborhood Market.
To me, time is almost as precious a commodity as money. I don’t have time to run to a whole bunch of stores getting this deal or that deal. My solution is to look at the store ads each week, make a list of items and price match at Walmart. Boo-yah! Though I still stop at a few other stores, Walmart is my stock-up place.
Now, another thing…I do NOT like big Walmarts. Back in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, there was a mass abandonment of small stores. Our little Walmart moved into a new Super Walmart; Target became Super Target; the small town Dillons became a mega Dillons. You could get everything from furniture to lawn equipment to milk all in the same trip. The problem was that tripping around those mega stores takes forever. I am that brainless ninny who traipses across the store several times forgetting this thing or that.
When the powers that be started building a little Walmart Neighborhood Market on my way home, I thought, “Goodness gracious, how many stores does one town need?” Oh, but this isn’t a store. It’s a reversion back to the good ol’ days. It’s a small town grocery market that sells…groceries.
So, today on my way home, I will stop by my little store and price match to get pineapple for $0.99, 10 pounds of potatoes for $1.50, bacon for $2.99 and cream cheese for $0.79 – all prices from four stores bought from ONE store. Glory hallelujah!
I think this might just be the month I stay within our grocery budget.