This week’s Prompt for the Promptless really hit home for me.
I’ve made no secret of my exploits at the supermarket. Within the past month, I’ve managed to earn over 50 percent savings at Safeway not once, but twice! In addition, I’ve managed to break the 40 percent threshold on a few other occasions as well.
My goal is to manage the highest savings percentage possible. Admittedly, I’m guilty of sometimes chasing saving percentages at the expense of actually saving money. This may sound counterintuitive, but sometimes I’ll buy the more expensive brand simply because it’s on sale, even though the non-discounted store brand might still be cheaper.
This week’s Prompt is actually one of my biggest obstacles towards racking up a massive savings percentage: The Shopping List. Yes, a pre-determined list of items that need to be acquired can be quite the detriment to savings.
This past weekend, before heading off to Safeway, Mrs. Cutter gave me a list of items that we needed. Most of these things were standard purchases like bread and milk, but there were also a couple of non-staple items on the list as well: Sugar and cupcake tray liners.
Upon arriving at the baking goods aisle, I was dismayed to find that neither item was on sale. (This was a bit of a surprise, as it seems like sugar is always on sale) I’ll admit it: I considered not buying those items and telling Mrs. Cutter that I “forgot” them or couldn’t find them. I realized that there were multiple reasons why that wasn’t a good idea.
- Mrs. Cutter probably wouldn’t believe me considering how much I talk about “mastering” that store.
- It would be dishonest.
- I’d only be hurting myself. Cupcake liners and sugar implies that some sort of tasty treat will soon be produced, and I would be missing out. Even worse, Mrs. Cutter might insist that she REALLY needed them, and I’d be forced to take another trip later that day. And ain’t nobody got time for that.
So I sucked it up and put the non-sale items into the cart.
In the end, I managed a pretty darned good (although certainly nothing to write a special post about) 47% savings. Would I have made it to 50% without the sugar and cupcake liners? Probably. But we’ve all got to answer to someone, and apparently my master is the almighty shopping list.