I had a post a while back about how much I spend on groceries. I was told in my comments that it is very possible to eat well on $250 to $300 a month for a family of 3. I know that I overspend in this area. I usually spend around $400 to $450. I spend more because I love going grocery shopping. I like looking at the produce, checking out the meat, buying ingredients to make delicious meals, and getting a good deal. Unfortunately, I like the first three the best and getting a good deal is nice but not really why I go grocery shopping.
I admit that I rarely actually stick to a shopping list. I will make a shopping list but I'm more the type who will have a few meals planned in my head and get the stuff to make those meals. I will also throw other things into the cart without much or any hesitation. I do try to steer clear of the frozen foods and munchies aisles.
I know that proper planning and going to a few grocery stores would greatly reduce my grocery bill but for some reason I'm really not willing to do that. If I didn't work full time, I would be much more apt to do that but I do work full time. I know, what an excuse! Yes, it is. I could also buy the Sunday paper and clip coupons and spend time sorting which ones I will use and which ones coordinate with this week's sales. My preferred method is to check out a local blog and note the deals that I want to use and print the online coupons from the link. Much lazier and much easier.
Is there anybody else who knowingly doesn't save as much as they could at the grocery store through laziness or just because they want the stuff thats not on sale?