Can we talk about something for a second?!
I had a losing my mind moment in the parking lot yesterday.
I am a creature of habit. It’s the Type A blessing and/or curse, depending on how you look at it! We have a fairly structured routine around here. We go to the gym certain days of the week. We have OT appointment other days of the week. We go to the same church service every week…and we sit in the same place at said church service every week.
(Have you ever noticed that?! Everyone always sits in the same place every week. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I went and sat in so-and-so’s “seat.” What would they think? What would they do? I’m just curious…in a sociological way. Maybe I will experiment next week! Who will be my first victim!) *insert evil laugh here*
No, really…I like routines, and habits. I don’t want to mess with other peoples!
When it comes to the parking lot at the grocery store, I always park in the same row. It’s to the right of the door when you are looking at the store. And I always, always, always park in that row. (And now that I think about it, I’m not sure why…because it’s on a bit of an uphill…and I end up pushing a cart full of groceries plus at least one child up this hill. And usually on the same day as I go to the gym.)
(I think I need to rethink my row choice here!)
So yesterday I didn’t park in that row. I have no reason, I just didn’t. It was drizzling and I just wanted to get in the store as fast as possible, so I parked several rows over in a space that was close to the door. Now, this would have been a great plan…keeping us from getting too wet.
When I came out of the store, my internal habit clock sent me to the right of the door. In the drizzling rain. As I come around the first car and look down the row and don’t see my van, I start to wonder…
Am I losing my mind?!
Shoot. I parked on the other side. To try to stay dry. And now here we are, cruising up the wrong row, getting wet, wet, wet!
So much for that plan!!!
So yes, I got quite a few stares from other shoppers who were coming in and out of the store…as I made a huge U-turn with my big kid cart and headed 3 rows over to where I parked the car.
I shall go back to my regular row…even if it means parking a little further away!
So it’s a pantry challenge week…although my shopping trip doesn’t show for that! I was hoping to jsut spend $25-$30 this week…but then I opened the circular and saw that chicken breast and tilapia were both on sale for $1.99/lb. So those had to be added to the grocery list. Then I found some steaks in the Manager’s Special section…at prices that could not be passed up. Since I knew that I had $50 to spend this last week, I thought I’d splurge!
The rest of the trip was mostly milk and produce…with a random delimeat. We recently went to a sandwich party, hosted by a friend and sponsored by Kraft…and I got several $1.50/1 coupons for the carving board delimeat. It’s priced at $4.49 at my store, so I can get a pack for just $3. My “never pay more than” price for delimeat is $2.50, but for this carving board…we’ll let the $3 slide!
I also splurged on some greek yogurt for my husband, as I found a blinkie coupon on the shelf sitting next to the containers. Another little splurge and treat for Steve!
- $.50 cucumbers
- $1 mangoes
- $1.50 cantaloupe
- 6/$1 oranges, I got 12
- $.79/lb sweet potatoes
- 2 packs of tilapia, frozen
- 1 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 2 packages of steak…both of which I marinated in a garlic onion seasoning and then put into the freezer. Will be perfect for grilling out this summer!
Total spent at Kroger: $45.30
Total for the month: $249.68 + $45.30 = $295 and change!
Thanks to Andrea at Savings Lifestyle and Marcy at Stretching a Buck for posting the best deals and coupon matchups at my stores each week! Find the coupon match-ups for your grocery store at The Frugal Map!