I stopped at Kroger last night after work. See, I really do understand that that’s not the best time for me to go shopping if I’m planning to save money. When I stop after work, I’m tired and half brain-dead, my trip isn’t planned as well as it could be, and I just want to go home. So why do I do it? Well, when I have just one day off, I don’t like to have to go out and be among people (because, well, because I’m around people all day, every day at work and I like a little time alone when I can get it). Knowing all of that, I still made the decision to shop after work. I guess that says something about what I value more…a day to myself over saving a few extra dollars. And I’ve decided that’s okay once or twice a month.
So, having made that decision, my shopping trip was just so-so. I spent $78 ($28 over my $50 goal), and managed to save $35. When I think about it, I was always spending at least $100 a week at Kroger before couponing, so saving $35 is still pretty darn good. I had a list, but didn’t really stick with it. Bought a few extras…like a book…gotta get a Kindle… I did score a few freebies on this trip…
Got the Cottonelle wipes and the Breakstone cottage cheese with coupons for free product. I was able to get the Lean Pockets free with 2 B1G1 coupons. I don’t eat a lot of the Lean Pockets, but they’re nice to have in the freezer for those mornings when nothing’s going right and I need something quick to take for lunch.
So…what do you think? Are there times when you make the decision to spend a little extra in exchange for some free time? Do you feel guilty when you know you didn’t do as good a job as you know you could have? I guess these are all things we have to decide for ourselves, no real right or wrong..just what’s right for you today…happy shopping!!
- More Kroger Deals this Week (couponcrazyinky.com)