Friday, January 28, 2011

Frugal Friday: Rest Before the Hunt

We all instinctively know this tip. To tackle the grocery aisles (with or without children), you've got to go rested, confident, and with a plan. Today's tip is about the "rested" portion.

If you go shopping when you are tired, you will be less picky about your choices, you will be too tired to comparison shop, and you will buy things your body wants for the purpose of raising its energy. You know it's true.

Before grocery shopping, have a small snack, drink some cool water, and take a nap. If you're worried about sleeping too long, set a timer to wake you. If you can't sleep, lie down in a quiet, shaded place for 20-30 minutes. You will feel more sleepy immediately at the end of this rest time, but after a few minutes of moving around, you will have more energy than before you rested.

If you're still refusing to rest before going to the grocery store, you better plan on spending extra money. When it comes to shopping, being tired and spending more money go hand-in-hand like The Captain and Tenille.

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