Welcome to Frugal Photo Friday! This month I am partnering with Crystal, from Money Saving Mom. Each Friday we are sharing pictures of simple ways that we save money. This week I’m sharing how avoiding big box stores saves money.
Big box stores are known for having everything you could ever want right in one place and having super low prices. Many frugal shopper swear by shopping at Walmart or Target, but I avoid them both as much as possible. Why???
It is nearly impossible for me to go into Target or Walmart and only come out with the items on my shopping list. Last month I went to Target for one thing. I was expecting to pay $20. I ended up with a $60 bill a lot more than just one thing in my cart.
This summer I made a rare trip to Walmart. I bought things that I had been on my shopping list for a long time: underwear, batteries, bathmat, toiletries, diapers, and more. My bill was $160. Yuck. Paying that much at once was painful, but I’m glad I did it that way. I could have made smaller, more frequent trips, but I know I would have been more tempted to stray from my list. Also by waiting so long to buy some needed items, it confirmed for me that these things were real needs and not just temporary wants.
I buy my groceries at a smaller grocery store, a discount grocery store, and/or a farm market. I don’t shop around for the best price each week or price compare sale fliers. I have a 4 year old and an 18 month old that I take with me to the store. I simply don’t have the energy or desire to mess with all that right now.
I stick with my regular, smaller stores and avoid the endless temptations at the big box stores.
Do you find yourself tempted to buy more when you shop at Target or Walmart? How do you fight the urge to spend?
Head over to Money Saving Mom to see what tips Crystal is sharing this week.