Oops! I Shopped Hungry and it Wasn’t Pretty

Real talk alert coming to straight at you.

I sometimes struggle between wanting to keep things real and show my mistakes and doing the opposite of just that. It’s not that I want to hide and not show my human side. It’s that in a world where it is so easy to cut out all the ugly, the imperfectness, the messy, be “instagrammable,” it can be hard to let the messy show.

It can be hard to admit you didn’t follow one of your tips or rules because you want to show a certain image. But frankly, that’s a bit exhausting. And not exactly authentic. And I am all about being as authentic and genuinte as you can.

And maybe it is just me, but I find it refreshing when someone shares the good, the bad, and the ugly. Essentially, they aren’t afraid to be vulnerable and show their successes and failures. I’d like to try to do that more myself. Might be a process. We’ll see.

So why am I sharing this with you?

Because one of the tips I have shared about saving money at the grocery store, I totally messed up on and what’s worse I didn’t even realize I had until I was checking out.

I have shared the importance of not shopping hungry here and here. And truly it is so helpful because the amount of items that “jump” into your cart that you so didn’t need, but oh-my-gosh-it-sounds-so-amazing is astonishing.

Oops! I Shopped Hungry and it Wasn’t Pretty

Recently, I went to the store to buy a few items on my grocery list that I brought with me and had it displayed prominently in the car for me to see. I started heading down an aisle where the first item on my list was and then I kept getting sucked into everything else around it.

Everything was seeming good to me. This should have been my first clue and sent alarm bells ringing inside of my head. Because if everything is looking good to you even food that 1) you don’t like and/or 2) food you are allergic to then you are hungry. And probably more than a little bit.

But at least I didn’t buy anything I don’t like or am allergic too. I have Celiac’s Disease so I must eat gluten-free. So that was a plus.

I kept getting swayed by food that looked goo but wasn’t on my list. (“Oh look, egg nog. I haven’t had that in forever. That would be good.”) The good news is I actually like egg nog in small doses. The bad news is that I only like it in small doses and my daughter really is too little to drink it, so do I actually need a half-gallon all to myself? The answer is no. No I do not. But will I be drinking it anyway? Yes. Yes I will.

So basically, the long and short of it is that it kept happening. Although I did manage to buy all of the items on my list, so that’s another plus. You might think that’s a weird thing to say. It’s not if you know another symptom of shopping hungry. Which is a lack of focus. Yes, that should have been another clue to me.

I kept wandering aisles going back and forth. At that point it is best to just stop. But that is hard to do when you don’t realize how hungry you actually are. I was starving, but had no physical signs.

At checkout, as I was unloading my cart I kept getting surprised by how many extra things were in there. Which should have been yet another clue that maybe I was hungry and didn’t need those extra items.

But I didn’t catch it. Plus, it might have been too embarrassing if I had. I would have had to have the cashier put back way more items than I care to admit.

My total wasn’t horrendous, but defintely higher than it would have been if the extra itmes hasn’t made their way into my cart.

It was higher by an extra $20. Ouch. Just thinking about that for a minute. That’s a whole other shopping trip. Or gas money. Or a really fancy meal for one person. Or a nice addition to your savings account. So that was sucky and a good visual as to why shopping hungry can be detrimental to your wallet.

But there are silver linings. All of the food I bought I can actually eat. And I won’t have to go to the store for a little while, allowing me to recoup some of the extra money I spent, since I’ll be saving money by not going to the store for awhile.

Let this story serve as a reminder to not shop hungry. But if you end up doing just that, I’ll be here to commiserate with you.

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