since admitting it to the hubby for the first time today he was a lot more sympathetic than i thought he'd be and has said he'll take over the food shop duties.
pre-baby, i was super organised, drawing up a weeks menu and buying only exactly what i needed from a list. my brain has since gone a bit mushy and whilst i try to be as ish as i can in many ways (and i think im doing alright, for my part), i have been suckered in! thats what i meant by saying supermarkets (and department stores, actually) suck my soul! i guess the one good thing is that i am at least aware of how the system is working me, most people are happy consumers! these supermarkets spend a hella lot of money on the marketing of selling. they target tired housewives like myself. and the sick thing is... it works.
from now on i am just going to stay away from the shops.
sorry for pouring out my heart there!!
Rosendula wrote:Yes, I used to be like that but I have managed to overcome it. Is there a small shop within walking distance that you can use? Even though the prices may be higher, if you go in completely focussed on what you want and don't browse (act like you are wearing blinkers), you will spend less than if you drive (?) to the supermarket and buy something from every aisle between the milk and the bread.Urban Ayisha wrote: 65. they spread 'essentials' like milk and bread to opposite ends of the shop so you have to trawl through everything (and end up buying) just to get a couple of things. even knowing this, i am still sucked in by it every time. its depressing and something about myself i really hate. i cant stop spending money we dont have, i dont know how to stop it. the only time i definitely dont spend money is when im at the allotment but having a young baby i cant get down there that easily. anyone else feel like me?
Another tactic; if you must use the supermarket, can you manage to pay cash? If so, by learning the prices of the items you need, you can take with you only as much money as is necessary to pay for those items. You won't put anything else in your basket because you know that you can't pay for them.
Have you tried making your own bread? It works out so much cheaper than buying, takes very little of your time (most of the time it takes to make, it is doing the work itself), the time it does take you to make it is saved by not going to the shops, and it's more filling so you don't need as much. As for the milk - buy a cow! Oh, well we can all dream can't we? If you're not going to shops as often, you might need to buy bigger or more bottles, or perhaps have the milk delivered. I noticed one brand in A$da that has a much longer shelf-life than the most popular brands in the supermarket, so it might be worth spending an extra 5p or so to cut down on visits.
Hope that helps. Oops, you didn't ask for help did you?