Yep, I had good intentions and, an "idea" of a plan, but... Well... Here's what happened.
I wanted fried chicken for dinner. I would to go to the grocery store to "just buy dinner, that's it," even though we were trying an "avoid the grocery store challenge." We can spend $30 to $60 when we go out to dinner. Even if we go to Subway or another fast food place we will spend at least $20. I figured if I wanted fried chicken it would be cheaper at the grocery store ($12 for 10 - 12 pieces vs. $25 or more at the fast food place). If I buy any extras they would have to fit in one bag. That was the plan. IT WAS A GOOD PLAN! If...I would have stuck to it.
Things started to go wrong with the side dish, chips. A bag of chips goes well with chicken. Theresa likes baked chips and I like regular chips. Yep, two large bags of chips. Oh, did I mention that I knew Theresa prefers a rotisserie chicken and I wasn't giving up on fried chicken? Yep, I bought both types of chicken. Salad would be a good and healthy addition to dinner, lets get some of that too.
About the salads, getting lettuce should be cheaper than buying a salad by the pound at the self serve salad bar. I WAS going to compare and see what was the best buy, but when I'm tired I usually say screw it and buy both. Lets just say I was tired...
I was tired enough to think we needed "a few" items to stock up on, then there were some drinks that would be nice, that led to "I could really use chocolate covered coffee beans and peanut butter," which led to over $100 when they were done adding up what was in the cart. Are you surprised it all didn't fit in one bag? I could say that I was surprised, but I would be lying.
When I got home, imagine my surprise when Theresa didn't buy into my spin: "We didn't cheat that much? We're still not counting this trip, right?" Busted... This phase of the Avoid the Grocery Challenge went five weeks. I roughly spent: $38 on dinner, $42 on stock items, and $25 on gazingas items.
As she fixes my typos, Theresa has decided that she's not going to let me take all the blame. When I called and asked her what three items she most wanted from the store (she was craving milk and salad, but we were almost out of cheese and butter), she didn't tell me not to go or just stick to the "dinner only plan." She says that gallon of organic whole milk was real tasty... Bear says it was almost $8.00.
We are still going to keep track of time between trips and costs over the year and let you know what happens. Wish us luck (and me a little more willpower).
Type at ya later...