Those days are gone.
J is what you might call frugal. For those of you who knew me before he came into my life, you know this is probably a good thing for me! Shopping used to be my favorite pastime, and saving was not my forte. (One look into my shoe closet demonstrates this point. And yes, I do have a separate closet just for my shoes.) However, I have since embraced fiscal responsibility. And the grocery store is where I'm at my best!
Saving money on groceries is great. All of the work I go through to save that money, however, is a little crazy! My style of shopping is not for rookies. I have reached major league status here.
Before I can leave for the store, I have to prepare:
- Coupon binder (yes, I said binder)- check!
- Shopping list, organized by meals I plan on cooking that week- check!
- Circulars to review, to make sure I'm getting important sale items- check!
- Canvas shoulder bags, so I can be "green"- check! (Okay, truth be told, I forget these all.the.time. They should really be on my pre-grocery store checklist!)
You know that you're a grown up when you get excited about saving money at the grocery store.
I saved over $50 this week. Word.