About That Grocery-Shopping…


Over the past few years, I’ve contemplated household finances and our budget quite a bit. As we’ve tracked our spending, one truth comes up over and over: our grocery-store visits are one of our biggest expenses.

Even with a very simple life-style, and staying out of most stores, it’s too easy to put extra items that look good into my shopping cart. Then the bill at the cash register comes out higher than expected, but I figure, hey it’s food – we’ll use it up and spend less next week. But a couple days later, I notice a few items that just didn’t make it onto my simple grocery list, and I end up running to the store again. Not good!

Last year I came up with what I thought was a pretty good basic shopping list. But it was not complete enough, so I was still missing things and making extra trips to the store. Today I sat down and made a much more thorough list that was still able to fit on one sheet of paper. Hopefully this will help me nail down everything I need for the week, so I get everything in one shot and nothing I don’t need!

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Found: Joy

2017-10-03 dishsoap Joy

There’s something about a gray sky, drizzly rain, achy joints, and scanning family photos of a family member that has died, that makes me feel – well, not joyful. So many pictures to scan. They remind of good times and bad, of old age and disease that takes away so many, and times in life when we didn’t do things well. With melancholy descending, it’s time to stop scanning and go do something else.

So I go off to a different grocery store from my usual two, because this month my credit card will give me five percent back of whatever I buy there. (Yes, I do love exploring ways of stretching the family dollar.) Some things on my list are a good price there, and are added to my cart. But other things on the list are slightly higher, so I pass on those. When I roll down the cleaners aisle, I see something not carried by my regular stores for years – Joy dish detergent!

So now I’m home again, with Joy. Okay, so dish-soap can’t actually bring joy, but it reminds me that God promises to bring “joy in the morning.” He’s always there, and yes, He is always good!