I complained to my husband a couple nights ago about the lack of anything sweet in the house. Yes, I know, the horrors, especially when you’re supposed to be trying to lose weight!
“That’s because I did the grocery shopping this week, and I always stick to the list. You never do,” Sam told me.
This is true.
Because I don’t usually make a list.
“I only spent $65 on groceries yesterday,” Sam continued. “You spent $110 last week! And you only bought enough stuff to make supper three nights! This is why a list is important.”
Sam sure doesn’t love lists whenever it’s full of chores for him to do.
I used to be crazy organized when I was younger, especially in high school. High school me with her endless lists, color-coded calendar, post-its, excessive label maker use (okay, that one still happens) would be appalled at present me for the overall lack of organization these days.
When I was the coupon queen, which I was until a year ago, I had lists. I had a game plan. I knew where everything was and how much to get and knew to exactly what my pre-coupon price and my total out of pocket should be. Of course, these lists and organization only applied to couponing and not the regular shopping, which I would do separately to track my savings.
But now that I’ve stepped away from that, I don’t bother with a list at all. I walk around the aisles and decide what our menu for the week will be based on what I see…even if I do get a little sidetracked and don’t get enough for meals every night. And, sure, Transformers and Oreo cookies and a new outfit for Baby Girl fall into the cart occasionally.
“Sometimes you forget things on your list,” I told Sam. “Like toilet paper. And we needed that. But if you walked the aisles like I do, you probably would have went down that aisle, saw and remembered the toilet paper, and picked some up.”
So there are some benefit in flexibility, although there probably should be some middle ground when you’re spending $40 more on groceries and not getting enough groceries. And, I guess this is like anything in life–you need an overall game plan, but wearing blinders will sure as hell make you miss out on a lot. Like toilet paper, ‘cuz that’s important.
Time to start making more use of this app on my phone, I suppose: