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the Impulse Buys While Grocery Shopping
How many times
have you gone grocery shopping only to be tempted by something
you don't need, that usually isn't healthy, and is definitely
not in the budget? In fact, grocery stores make most of their
money on the convenience and snack foods that people buy impulsively
- such as the new brand of extra crunchy potato chips or the
latest weight loss frozen entree guaranteed to melt away the
pounds while you eat.
Impulse buys while
at the grocery store are even more dangerous to your budget
than the ocassional splurge on that T-bone steak or chicken
breasts. If you find that you are constantly falling victim
to those impusle buys that the grocery stores tempt you with,
make a rule that if you manage to resist temptation for the
entire month, that you can reward yourself with that steak
or other treat. Because you very likely will have saved several
times that amount simply by not giving into temptation.
When you go grocery
shopping, make the rule that you are only allowed to purchase
what is on your list, and absoutely nothing else (barring
the accidental ommission of milk or bread for the kid's lunches).
And stick to it, with the incentive of the special item you
normally can't afford.
What if you think
you really need that impulse item? Don't fall victim to it,
and instead remember it for your next grocery trip. If it
makes it to the list for the next week's shopping trip, it
is fair game. But don't buy anything you hadn't planned on
buying when you left the house.