Deal, Sale, Reduced, Lowest, Clearance. I love all of those words and more that draw my attention to getting a good deal on anything that has to do with my household spending, but none more then when it reflects a price difference on my grocery bill. As a family of five it goes without saying we go through a lot of food during the week and living on a grocery budget is one of the key elements of successfully staying on task with our monthly financial plan.
So when is a deal NOT a deal. Yes it’s advertised in the flyer, it has all the bright colours around it, the lowered price is jumping off the page at you, your attention has been grabbed, your heart is racing from the rush that getting a great deal brings and you feel like you MUST go straight out and stock up on it before it is gone from the shelves.
I am a Mom who coupons and deal hunts. I watch out the window on Thursday’s waiting eagerly for my flyers to arrive and I ready my grocery apps on my phone to spend an entire day going from store to store price matching and looking for in store deals. However, I am here to tell you that a deal is not always a deal if you don’t need it and especially if its not on your list. Around here we go week to week with our grocery spending, and although I might see that soup is on sale for $1 a can and I feel like I need to buy 10-20 cans of it at such a great price, that takes away from $10-$20 of my weekly budget that I could spend on 4-7 other items I need.
It took me a long time to learn this. I would jump on the deal and spend where I did not need to. I would stock up and have a ton of soup, pasta sauce, frozen corn, whatever the deal was, but then I was short the money to buy what I did need for the week. Don’t get me wrong, a good deal is still a good deal, it’s just not a deal you might need to splurge on ‘This Week’. Spend on the items you need to round out your weekly grocery list. I have learned that there is always going to be a good deal but that does not mean I need to spend on it.
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