Not So Savvy Shopping

When I shop for things I like to get the best price for the best quality, especially for our everyday staples. For example, I refuse to buy cereal at the grocery store because I know I can get it cheaper during my trip to Target or Wal-Mart. Other items I prefer to purchase at Target; toiletries, yogurt, french fries, mac n’ cheese, and dog food. The overall savings on a regular trip adds up to $15-$20. It’s really a no-brainer and Target isn’t out of my way, it is literally 1.5 miles from my office. However, today I just gave up.

The boys and I got back from our trip down south late last night. When I woke up I was greeted with the realization that there was no dog food, no groceries to put together a lunch for Logan, no shampoo left, and it took a lot of finesse to get the last bit of toothpaste out of the tube. We were out of just about everything. Seriously!?

Logan’s lunch ended up consisting of some left over Goldfish and McDonald’s apples from our trip, and an egg and cheese wake-up wrap from Dunkin Donuts! I can’t say he was disappointed, but I was.

My plans for running to Target for the key items on my list during my lunch break were squashed when I got a call from my husband saying he couldn’t pick up Deacon from pre-school…so off I went. My plans to run to Target after work were squashed when I got the call that my husband couldn’t handle one more minute with the tired, whiney boys that were still exhausted from their trip and school. So what is super mom/wife to do? Go straight home and pick up all three boys, load them into the car, and brave the grocery store.

It was torture making purchases for things we NEEDED that I knew I could have gotten way cheaper. I could feel my blood boil. I guess I do have my father’s blood in me. He’ll stop purchasing a product he likes just because the price went up 75 cents. Each glance at the price tag made my insides turn. I spent $4.00 for the cereal I get for $2.50 at Target. Of course bringing all three boys is a curse in itself. We had to get three different kinds of apples, two different cereals, two different types of yogurt, and battle the, “But I really want that Mom!” At least they all agreed on American cheese, although I really wanted Muenster.

Even with the coupons I had I knew I just blew a TON of money by skipping my Target trip just for meer convenience. I hope the cashier didn’t hear my gasp when she told me the total. All I have to say is…Never Again.