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While a lot of people lost income during the pandemic, many also found themselves spending much less. Entire spending categories, from travel and entertainment to salons and dining out, were erased when the country went into the first wave of pandemic lockdowns.
I saved money in many of those categories, but there was one area in which my spending skyrocketed during the first few months of the pandemic: food. I was ordering delivery more than I should have been, but I was also spending a lot more at the grocery store as cooking became one of the few hobbies I could still partake in. Here’s a simple trick I used to get my supermarket spending under control.
I only buy what I can physically carry home
After a couple months of filling up an entire cart on grocery store trips and consistently leaving with a total over $100, I decided to make a new rule for myself at the grocery store: I’m not allowed to buy more than I can physically carry.
Because I live within walking distance of several grocery stores, I stopped driving to them altogether and started walking to force myself to…