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The Dreaded Chore!

January 11th, 2011 at 06:10 am

OK, we all have that one dreaded chore that we really really dislike. Hate is such an extreme word, but for me, it's grocery shopping! Yes, I hate it. I don't really know why, but I do. I used to observe people blissfully going up and down each isle with their coupons and calculators and store ads, and wonder why they seemed so happy? What was the secret that I was missing? When I was married, my husband would do most of the grocery shopping and I would do most of the cooking. It worked for us.

Now, I cannot avoid it. When it was just me, I could do quick stops, just get the essentials (mindless shopping) and get out! But now, my mom lives with me, and I am shopping for two and need to add this chore to my more "mindful" list. Plus, mindless grocery shopping gets expensive.

My mom has turned into my secret weapon so to speak when it comes to this chore. She LOVES coupon clipping, list making, deal hunting and meal planning! So now, I leave the house once a week armed with my list and coupons, and I found a great time to go when the store seems less crowded.

I can't say that I am loving it, but I don't dread it as much anymore and I do enjoy seeing how much money we are saving each week, now that my grocery shopping has become more organized and mindful! Maybe that was the secret...all those shoppers were smiling thinking about all the money they were saving!

4 Responses to “The Dreaded Chore!”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Funny. My sister HATES grocery shopping. She will put it off until her cupboards and fridge are totally bare and she has only ketchup and bread. It's so funny. I never understood why she hated it so much-- UNTIL, I went to her local grocery. It was a chaotic, cramped horrible experience. She has changed her tune since a nice, new giant eagle opened near her.

  2. patientsaver Says:

    That's funny. I don't really get why you dislike it UNLESS you tell me it's becus your grocery store is like Costco here is like nearly round the clock.

    As chores go, i'd have to say i dislike ironing and washing dishes the most.

  3. SavingsQueen Says:

    Hi Thrifty, I kind of dislike grocery shopping too. It may be because in the past I have never had much of a plan. Also, me and my husband try not to have junk food around the house as we eat it, so shopping is rather boring for me (nothing that exciting to puchase and eat!). Right now I am trying to "eat down" what we have. Then maybe I can start out fresh with perhaps more of a plan. Thanks for reminding me of that.

  4. Jerry Says:

    I agree with patientsaver, I can't stand ironing. Grocery shopping doesn't bother me unless it is exam time, then I can't be bothered and it leads to stress. All in all, though, I would rather have the insurance of good food to eat, because I operate overall when I'm not hungry or eating junk. =)
    Jerry

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