Following on from my previous post which can be found here I decided to experiment with my shopping habits to see if I could save myself some money.
I thought to myself that if I shopped online with a list in hand I would avoid all the common pitfalls of supermarket shopping such as picking up extra stuff you don’t really need or buying the same old stuff week in week out not knowing if you already have it in your cupboards.
It seemed like such a great plan. I got everything added to my basket, I was feeling proud of myself, my basket total was only £24 which for me is excellent, my food shopping bill is my worst expenditure and I didn’t need a lot because my cupboards are full of stuff that needs using up.
Trouble is I then hit a big stumbling block. Baskets under £40 have a £4 checkout fee added to them. I recoiled in horror thinking to myself no way am I going to pay the extra £4 I have to be in town tomorrow for an appointment so I’ll just go to the supermarket on the way home, it will be fine I will stick to my list.
Guess what? I didn’t stick to my list. I fell into my usual habits of picking up bits that looked nice or were on offer that I didn’t really need. I ended up spending nearly £60! I was so disappointed in myself. I fell off the wagon at the first hurdle.
Being stingy led to me way overspending and feeling terrible about it. If I had spent that extra £4 on delivery I would have saved myself £30!
I have decided that I need to work on my food shopping habits, plan meticulously and work on changing my mindset before i step in the supermarket again. The £4 fee for checking out a basket less than £40 will be considered an investment into my future. It will save me money in the long term and help me on my journey of learning to live life a new and better way. I can do this!