I've always wanted to be one of those people who knows to buy milk at store A, bread at store B, cereal at store C and shampoo at store D and who saves $20 over the people like me, who just buy everything at store E because it is on the way home. But I can never remember where the jar of pasta sauce is $1.87 and where it is $2.07 or I buy 10 bottles of apple juice where I think it is cheapest only to discover a day later it is $0.20 less at another store. I am a bargain hunting failure.
But then, I came up with a brilliant solution. Are you ready for this stroke of genius? Brace yourselves, this is ground-breaking.....
I made a list.
So now, when I am walking through the grocery store that has the tuna salad my mom likes for lunch when she babysits and I see that they have that jar of pasta sauce on sale for $0.30 off, instead of wondering whether it is a good deal and realizing I have no idea how much I usually pay for pasta sauce, I can just pull out my list and see it is still $0.10 cheaper at Target.
It isn't making the world safe for democracy or anything, and probably only saves me a couple of dollars a week, but it makes me feel smart, and I like that.
(Crappy cell phone photo credit: yours truly)