I went grocery shopping yesterday armed with a list, a fist full of coupons, and $190.00 in cash. I went to a higher end grocery store so I could purchase some organic meats. The store I usually shop at (Shoppers) doesn't carry organic meat or double coupons, so I thought I was okay. At the checkout, the bill came to $236.00, and after store specials and my coupons, the bill came to $211.00. Ugh. I handed over the $190.00 in cash, and my debit card. I was over my grocery budget limit...and instead of putting some stuff back, I used my debit card. There was money in my checking account, but how come I couldn't stick to my budget? Perhaps it was the starbucks coffee, or the bottle of Chardonnay I bought for Easter dinner, but I thought $190.00 was more than enough for a weeks' worth of groceries. By the way, when did eggs double in price?? Food prices have risen significantly, so I'll have to reconsider my menus. In the meantime, I'll have to bring a calculator.
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