The more spreadsheets I have, the more balanced my life seems! This will seem very anal to some but that’s ok . . it’s even ok if you tell me that it’s very anal.
I cannot remember grocery prices. There are some things I love that I will buy no matter the cost. There are other things I love that I will buy only if they’re on sale (Asian Pears!). Often when we’re shopping, Vince will ask me if something is a good price. I don’t know! I save my grocery receipts only because I stick them in a drawer and when the drawer gets full, I dump them. Last night I went back and dug out the receipts for this year and created a spreadsheet. I feel better already!
This week our grocery store has a dozen or so items that if you buy the brand name, you get the store brand free. Why did I buy canned tomatoes when I have a basement full of them? Sometimes Chad wants to take groceries from home to a friend’s house to cook and I’m tired of saying “bring back my jars” so when he does this, I’ll give him a storebought can of tomatoes.
This is a Google spreadsheet so when I’m shopping, if I want to access it to figure out what I’ve paid for something already, I can do it from my phone. Do I care if I forget to enter something? No! It’s kinda just for fun, just for reference and it’s not a record of how much I spend during the year . . if I buy more than one of something, I still only write one down or if I buy something and it’s the same price as it was the last time I bought it, I won’t write that down either because it’s just the price I want to know and then towards the end of the year, I can see if certain items have gone up (or down) in price. Should be interesting to watch.