This article is part of Money Saving Mondays, a regular series devoted to sharing simple, actionable tips that you can use right away to start saving money immediately.
My wife does most of the big food shopping trips for our family by herself. She finds it easier and faster to just go alone during the week without the kids (and husband) in tow. But fairly often she asks me to swing by the supermarket and pick up a fresh veggie for dinner or something we’re running low on.
I don’t mind making a pit stop at the Stop and Shop on my way home from work, but these trips can be pretty dangerous?
Well if I’m on my way home from work it means I haven’t eaten dinner yet and my growling belly will susceptible to all sorts of delicious temptations.
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Seriously, when I go into the grocery store with a full belly I’m in and out of there in no time with nothing but the items I was planning on purchasing. But, when I go into the supermarket hungry I often end up walking out with some kind of snack food I really didn’t need…Oreos, Crunchy Cheese Doodles, Twizzlers and a bottle of Coca Cola are the prime culprits.
And that’s a double whammy because not only am I spending more money, but I’m spending it on unhealthy foods.
Last minute, unexpected trips to the supermarket are unavoidable so I just do my best to avoid the parts of the store where the most temptation lies. But if I know I’m going to be hitting the grocery store I make sure I eat a little something beforehand.
If you’re like me, this simple tip can easily save you a few hundred dollars each year…and keep some extra pounds off too!