I must be forgetting something! Kids! Where are they? Right, they are at home with Daddy. Weird feeling. Definitely weird. No diapers to remember, kids to entertain, frequent trips to the bathroom, flying through the air to catch a pacifier before it hits the grimy floor, that constant tugging at your sleeve, repetitious renditions of your name (Mama, Mommy, MOMEEEE, Ma), estimating when the next child might be hungry, tired, you name it…
So when it comes time to “switch gears”, it is hard, really hard. Does anyone else suffer from grocery shopping brain fog?
You might be experiencing fog if you ask yourself:
1. What did I come here for?
2. Did I put that in my cart already?
3. Where is the isle for that item again?
4. Why am I so dizzy? (just look at the picture above and you will get the “feeling”)
Here are 3 ways to eliminate the fog, remember what you came for, and stay within budget:
1. Always always always make a list. Stick to it. Cross things off.
2. Don’t go with a empty, hungry, growling stomach.
3. THIS IS GREAT: Take a calculator! Now, I tried this last time. Instead of calculating items as I went along, I wrote down numbers on a piece of paper.
If the item was $3.25, I rounded down and wrote “3“.
If the item was $5.65, I rounded up and wrote a “6“.
After I got 3/4 of my shopping done, I found a quiet corner and tallied up my list of numbers. It came to $100.00. This gave me about $30-$50 more to spend.
I was amazed! When I got to the checkout line, and the total came up, it was right within my budget! No more guessing, no more overspending, no more headache!