Has this ever happened to you? You walk into a grocery store for a few items, grab a shopping cart and walk out with a cart full of items. I realize this is an exercise in self-control. I will readily admit that I find all sorts of stuff that I don’t need or didn’t intend to buy. So I have a plan for dealing with this.
When I plan to buy just a few items I enter the store with one or two of my reusable shopping bags. My rule is that I have to use the bags to carry my items. I can carry things in my hands and the bags but if I can’t carry it, then I can’t buy it. I love to troll the aisles for bargains which means I usually walk out with many more items and spend way more money than I intended. It’s a lot harder to do that when you have to carry everything.
If I’m going to do a week’s worth of shopping I’ll grab a cart, but if I really only need to pick up a few things then I become a bag lady. Try it, you might save some money.