I think this quarantine thing is going to save me some money.
A few years ago, when my two younger kids were both in high school, I usually went to the grocery store at least once a week. And I don’t think I ever left spending less than $100. If I went more than a week without shopping, I had to bring back up because I usually needed more than one cart.
Hannah would come with me. We would go to Target to shop because with coupons and Cartwheel and the 5% off with Redcard, we couldn’t beat the prices. I’d be armed with a list, of course, but that didn’t mean that was ALL I’d buy. Hungry teenagers in the house meant needing a lot more than I could think of to put on a list.
We would move slowly and methodically up and down each aisle, Hannah finding things we had to have. But sometimes, about 2/3 of the way through the store, we would find our cart full. And we still hadn’t finished getting everything on the list. Which meant Hannah had to go back to the front of the store and get us another cart. For some reason, this embarrassed her so! She’d come back with the cart and try to keep her distance from me so that no one would know we had two carts of groceries.
The humiliation sunk in deeper when we had to go to the same checkout line together once we were finally finished shopping. I laugh now when I think back to how sheepish she was to put all of these groceries on the belt. Quite some time later, when all the items had been rung up, Hannah would balk at the total bill and would quietly be telling me we shouldn’t have bought so much. Yet, I knew in a couple weeks we would be doing this all over again if I didn’t keep up shopping every week.
Both kids are home again now, but I’ve been avoiding the grocery stores these past couple of weeks. I can’t stomach the crowds I know will greet me if I go. I send the kids or Lee with a list and that is ALL they are allowed to get. My grocery bill has been cut in half. We are making do with what we can get, and what we have at home.
I guess I’m just seeing the silver lining in all of this, if there is one.