As my work day came to an end, my beautiful wife sent me a text to pick up a few bell peppers from the grocery store on my way home. I asked how many she needed and I was on my way. Simple grocery store trip, in and out. I am not a fan of shopping in any grocery store, especially the one near our home. It takes the longest time to get through the checkout line. I can get in, pick up a whole week’s worth of groceries and it will still take longer to checkout then it does to pick up all of the items. It is frustrating.
As I entered the grocery store, I was a simple mission to pick up some bell peppers. Check a few and see if they are ripe, yep! Check the price, yep! Stuff them in the bag, yep! Wait, wait a minute. What is that…..
Stomach, are you talking to me? You want what to snack on? Ok, let me try and find it…..
DANG IT! My stomach started talking to me and wanted me to walk through the store and find some tasty things in order to have a nice snack later in the night. My simple one item shopping trip ended with me purchasing about 12 items and all of them were unnecessary. There goes the grocery budget for the week.
The funny thing is that I didn’t buy things that were crazy. I bought sour cream for the meal to go with the peppers, string cheese (a family favorite), peanut butter, celery, peanuts, and popcorn kernels. I mean, it is really not a bad “splurge” food purchase. The last time this happened to me I had purchased all junk food. Whoops!
Why does this happen?
This just goes to show that you should never go grocery shopping when you are hungry. Nothing good can come from it. No matter what time of day, if you are hungry, you WILL spend more at the grocery store. I had a list of just one item, just one, and I still overspent on the trip. I should have spent $3.50, but ended up over $20. Oops.
When your stomach takes over your rational mind, you will always lose out. You will spend more money in the grocery store, order more in a restaurant, or stop over to your favorite fast food restaurant to get a quick bite to eat.
I would say that I have learned my lesson, but I have done this more than I want to admit. I know it is bad, but I don’t have food in my car. I can’t eat on the way to the grocery store, but I will have to work on my timing. Life happens and I just have to eat a piece of it before I go into the grocery store ;).
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