DON’T GO SHOPPING!!! I’m not kidding, don’t do it for entertainment, or to have something to do. Do it ONLY when necessary.
Have you ever noticed when you go to the supermarket, you end up coming out of the store with several more items than you intended to buy?
Which means you also spent more money than you intended to spend. It’s called impulse buying and it’s an intentional set up. Don’t fall for it.
Most people go to the grocery store with a shopping list and the store knows ahead of time that your intention is to just simply get everything on that list.
Their well thought out marketing plan is to distract you from that list as much as possible with every gimmick, sale, or high-carb food choice possibly known to man-kind, so that you will buy more than what is on your list.
Things that are on sale are highlighted with easily noticeable bright colors so that your eye is drawn to it, usually with yellow or red.
Have you ever noticed they sometimes place certain food items on a table with a red table cloth?
It’s because the first colors the eyes are drawn to are red, yellow and bright green.
Everyone wants a great deal and to save money, so the word “sale” is the first thing to catch your eye as well.
Many people end up coming out of the store feeling like they got some great deals, but what they fail to notice is that they spent way more money than they intended to spend when making their list.
If you are spending more, you are not saving more.
Now that you know it is a set-up, read my words very attentively as they could very well be the words that help you to get out of debt- No matter how much you want it, or feel like you need it, DON’T-BUY-IT.
Once again, D-O-N-‘T… B-U-Y… I-T.
Stick a post-it note to your shopping list or to the handle of the shopping cart that says, “DON’T BUY IT.”
Repeat after me, “I DON’T NEED THAT ITEM JUST BECAUSE IT’S ON SALE.”
The last thing you see when exiting the store are candy-bars, cokes, and snacks.
The check-out isle is an intentional CTA (call to action) marketing prompt designed to inspire you to buy things you wouldn’t normally buy.
I believe the best way to save money is to learn how to not spend it. While trying to get out of debt, my husband and I did not go shopping for entertainment or just to have something to do.
We only we went and picked up what was on our list and tried to avoid lingering, shopping around, or sale snooping.
We didn’t normally look at sales papers that came in the mail except during Christmas or to clip coupons, and we didn’t shop online unless we had something in particular in mind that we needed.
THINGS TO AVOID
If you are trying to get out of debt, one the of the best things you can do for yourself and your family is to learn what to AVOID.
One of my family’s biggest challenges for saving money when I was working full-time was that we were constantly eating out. I mean, who wants to cook when you’re working twelve hours a day?
Between work and remodeling projects this was NOT good for our eating or spending habits. It’s just so much easier to eat out when everyone is on the run.
I finally realized the need to put together quick meal recipes and we did that for a while, but then after realizing the carb count in those recipes I eliminated that as well.
I finally got so serious about saving money and eating healthily that I would portion meat and veggies out at the beginning of the week to make sure we had what we needed each day for cooking.
Buying fresh veggies and fruit is more expensive per item, but because I stopped buying most things from the middle isles of the store, it actually ended up saving us money.
My grocery bill was literally cut in half at times. For example I traded the usual boxes of macaroni for fresh zucchini, the juice boxes and flavored drinks for nuts and organic snacks.
Saving money on groceries is all about trading one thing for another and buying less of the bad stuff.
I am preaching to the choir with this because I still forget to go the grocery store. I was a once a month shopper, so it is still a transition for me to go twice weekly.
However, when you get serious about getting out of debt or getting healthy you have to change everything you do including your shopping habits.
When you eat fresh, you have to make more trips to the store but your health is SO worth it and I try to remind myself of this daily.
BREAK FREE DAILY from bad habits.
I do find it frustrating when running behind or on rainy days to get out and pick up fresh items from the store but I remind myself that my family is worth the money we will save and the health issues we will avoid.
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