Afternoon Grocery Shopping Can Bust Your Budget
I knew it was a bad idea even as I backed out of the driveway. I was heading to the grocery store late on a Saturday afternoon to do our usual shopping for the upcoming week. My fears were confirmed as I pulled into a jam packed parking lot.
We had done everything we normally do to stay on budget with our groceries:
- Plan our menu for the week
- Make a detailed list of food items needed for the menu
- Identify needed household items
Today was different because I normally do the shopping early Saturday morning before most of the world wakes up and gets going for the day. The contrast between the two times of day was startling. I was used to a store with few customers but at this time of the day going up and down the isles was like navigating an obstacle course. I also rarely encounter the store being out of an item, but today there were at least half a dozen items that I found an empty slot on the shelve where the product was supposed to be.
This means that I was in for the dreaded reshop.
A Reshop is that extra trip you have to make to the grocery store because you either forgot, or the store was out of a crucial item. There are two problems with the reshop:
- You have to take the time to go to the grocery store again
- There’s the temptation to buy more items when you visit the store again
When I returned to the store Monday to retrieve the needed items, I encountered both of these issues. I had to take time out of my day for the second trip, AND the sum total of both trips ($54 + $90 = $144) exceeded our weekly grocery shopping budget for the week ($125).
The key to being most efficient with your time and money is to go shopping when customers are scarce, and the stores are stocked.
We do the majority of our grocery and household item shopping at Walmart, so the shelves are usually stocked very early in the morning. I know this because I’ve visited the store very early on just about every day of the week to pick something up before work and see boxes of product on the floor waiting to be put on the shelves.
I almost always do our grocery shopping early on Saturday morning simply because I’m an early riser, the rest of my family is still sleeping, and I know the grocery store wasn’t busy. However this week I learned that going grocery shopping early in the morning can actually help me stay on point with our grocery budget.
What time of day do you go grocery shopping? Have you ever encountered the â€œreshop?â€
Brought to you courtesy of Brock
Brock is a software engineer by day and personal finance blogger at night. He is a fitness junkie and enjoys grilling and smoking meat. Married with two children, Brock strives to improve his skills as a husband and father, and is always on the lookout to stretch his family’s budget as far as he can.