I was sucked in by Fry's (Kroger's) 10 Item Sale. They run a special every once in a while, like last year when I bought 10 frozen dinners (I am so sick of those now) and if I buy 10 then I get $5 off. I wanted a couple of 2 liter bottles of rootbeer at the 80 cent price. On Wednesday I went in to the store and they only had 2 bottles, so I left. Today they had 9 bottles so I took them all and planned to buy one bottle of something else included in the special. Then I saw the cookies. Milano double chocolate...they were part of the sale. Mmmm. They jumped in to my cart. 2 tubs of butter were also included in the 10 Item sale and they were on my list. I put 2 bottles of rootbeer back because I really didn't want that much rootbeer and I only needed 10 sale items. 7 bottles of rootbeer will last me for months.
I could have escaped for under $20 but no. I needed Tylenol at $9 a bottle and wanted frozen pierogies which were not on sale. I grabbed another bag of chicken because it was on sale for $8 and 3 bags of english muffins on clearance for 99 cents each. My tiny freezer is stuffed. Ok, ok there was also a $5 flat of strawberries...what was I thinking?
Total damage: $65
Savings from specials: $26 although that doesn't really count as 'savings' because I wouldn't have bought some of those things if they were full price.
I really do much better when I avoid shopping altogether. Trying to chase one good price leads to buying way too much that I don't need. No more groceries until April at least!