I think I need to restart my grocery budget. I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately but I have a serious problem with impulse buys. I think part of it is since I’m pregnant, I buy things and have the mindset of, “oh it’s okay…I’m preggo..I’m supposed to gain some weight…” That is not good! Especially when those impulse buys are things like…S’mores Poptarts? So random…and so delicious.
First of all, I don’t know if you’ve ever had S’mores Poptarts…but they’re seriously so good. I’d really like to blame this on “cravings” but honestly, I think pregnancy is just an excuse to give in to the sweet tooth. Why would I crave poptarts? The box does say it has 8 vitamins and minerals…maybe that’s why :).
Anyway, back to my grocery budget. The Poptarts were definitely not the only item that sent me over my limit.
I was supposed to spend $64 bucks and ended up spending close to $90. WAY off!
Poptarts weren’t the only impulse buy. For example, I bought a thing of cheese (that is SO good by the way) that was $5.49…way too much! I didn’t even need cheese…but for some reason it was sucking me in.
You may also notice I bought some VitaTop muffins. I love those darn things…but they are pricey (5 bucks a box). I think if I’m going to buy things like that, I need to buy online in bigger orders. They’re just too much in the stores for those little packages.
I bought a lot of produce this trip which is always worth the money. So, I don’t know..maybe I need to reevaluate my budget since we do primarily eat at home. I’ve still been focusing on 1 trip a week to the store-before I’d go a couple times a week. I think that helps a bit. I’ve also been staying away from Costco because most items I don’t need in bulk (except pickles…pickles I need in bulk).
So from this last trip I noticed two things: a.) I stray from my grocery list and b.) I buy some overly expensive items that I probably don’t need or could find cheaper online.
Even though I went over my spending limit, I like doing these budget challenges for myself because they make me more away of my spending habits. Luckily there are no Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods around here to lead me astray! Oh and the closest Target is 40 minutes away…
How do you stop yourself from impulse buys at the store? Or Target?