The question of how people lose track of their cash was polled by USA Today.
The USA Today results didn’t surprise me at all. Grocery shopping came in on top at 34 percent. Next leisure shopping came in at 32 percent, enjoying a night out at 31 percent, dining out at 26 percent, buying snacks at 25 percent and daily lunches at 22 percent.
Why is grocery shopping first in cash disappearance? Grocery stores are designed to get you to spend more. They place essentials like milk, eggs, and bread on the periphery of the store, just so you’ll pass tempting non-essential and often junk food items. Emma Bombeck aptly noted, “The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with ONLY a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
Coming in at number two was leisure shopping. Number three is enjoying a night out. Combined, 63 percent of people checked these two areas as lost dollars. Neither categories were food-specific, but a night out usually involves some food.
Katelyn is a wise shopper, squeezing every penny out of her piggy bank.
There must have been multiple choice options, because the total for all categories is 170 percent. Dining out, buying snacks and daily lunches when combined with the first category, grocery shopping add up to 107 percent.
A quick glance confirms we lose track of spending when it comes to food, especially non-essential junk food. This is a concern since we’re in a recession and money is tight. We need to reevaluate where we spend our money. The less you have, the tighter your food budget.
Many believe that healthy eating is more expensive. It’s simply is not true. There is no need to forgo healthy eating on a tight budget. In fact the tighter the budget, the more you should be purchasing whole foods. What needs to go is the junk and fast foods which don’t provide the nutrition you need and are very expensive.
A while back, I talked to a group of parents on food stamps. I put together a food budget for them using ONLY food stamps. Food stamps don’t include anything other than food. You can’t purchase cigarettes, cleaning or paper products. Now, it’s expected that food stamps will be supplemented with dollars. Yet, I was able to purchase more than enough food on a food stamp budget alone. Because people are busy, I went to only one store. I didn’t shop around. I didn’t use coupons. I planned out a healthy menu and of course I didn’t purchase junk foods, which are very expensive. See for yourself how it can be done, Click Here.
When you look to the right of the Baby Bites’ home page, you’ll find a category “Stretch Grocery Dollars.” There are lots of money saving ideas found there. You’ll find out how to make your produce last longer, how to make your own baby food, how food storage is a saving account, how to make your own cleaning products, how to shop organic on a budget and an unofficial Costco organic foods list. You’ll also find a grocery list. Using a grocery list is the number one way to save money at the grocery store. Click Here to print the Baby Bites® Grocery List.