So I have mentioned before that I use The Grocery Game to save me money at the grocery store. I have ended up stockpiling a lot of food so my weekly grocery shops have begun to consist of just getting the necessities. Fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, milk, hostess cupcakes. The essentials.
Yeah, so, when I looked on Grocery Game this week, I noticed that Hostess 100 calorie cupcakes were 50% off. Now, I have never eaten these before, but I had a coupon and they were cupcakes so I thought, AWESOME, 50% off cupcakes that are only 100 calories. And they look like mini ho-hos. So I put them on my grocery list and head to the store.
Except when I get there…no Hostess 100 calorie snacks. They are cleaned out!! I even got a stock person to check the back room. No, cleaned out. And I have my mind set on these cupcakes. The thought of them is consuming me. And I think, “There is another Meijer on the way home (a not so nice one) I will check and see if they have them.” So I buy the rest of my groceries and head to Meijer #2….cleaned out. I should have just gotten a rain check at this point and gone on my merry way.
But I want these stinkin’ cupcakes. I try and placate my tummy with other forms of chocolate, but it will not be appeased. It wants Hostess cupcakes and nothing else. The hubby, most likely tired of listening to my rants about the lack of cupcakes at the 2 Meijers I have now visited, suggests that he run to the pricey grocery store a block away. This makes perfect sense you say. I would get my cupcakes, problem solved. But I know they aren’t 50% off there and although logically I could just use my coupon there, I am committed to the Meijer sale now.
So today, I drive to yet another, well stocked, Meijer and finally get my cupcakes. I ate 2 packages on the way home, totally blowing the point of the portion controlled packaging. And I am confident the money I spent on gas far out weighed the savings on the cupcakes. And I wasted a ridiculous amoung of time running around town looking for these cupcakes. Still, those cupcakes were some kind of yummy.
Moral of the story: sometimes being frugal can be taken to far. Sometimes the need to get a deal can overtake all sane parts of your brain. With gas being what it is, it might not make sense to go to lots of stores just to get a good deal. But if you do go a little wacko, you better make it for something good. Cause chocolate is the cure for all kinds of crazy.