Meredith sent me this bag a while back.
Will you look at that? I'm actually using it. I've used it several times since I got it. It folds right up into a small pouch that fits in my hand and, more importantly, fits in the center well of the Jeep. I don't need to bring home either plastic or paper bags with every grocery trip. Now, I use paper bags for cleaning out the litter boxes so, when I get low on those, I will have to ask for paper when I shop, but I don't need to have 3 dozen sitting in the room and then ask for paper. I can take this bag.
Today's excursion got me thinking. I wonder if I would spend as much or more if my trips were only for those things I was out of and what could fit in this bag or one paper bag. I don't really have an "average" monthly expenditure. It varies, as I'm sure yours does, depending on what you might be out of. Some months, there's no laundry detergent on the list. Other months, it's laundry detergent plus fabric softener and stain remover.
What I'm going to have to do is add up and then average, the amounts I've paid over the year so far. AWK! Math! With that number in hand, I can see if it makes more sense for me to shop weekly or to shop once a month. Budgeting might be easier because I could say I have $150 a month for groceries. When that's gone, well, oatmeal is always a meal choice.
Thanks Meredith. This is an incredibly useful gift.
Beverage: Dr Pepper