I used to get really excited when my grocery receipts showed my savings as a percentage.
“You saved 30 percent!” it would tell me. Hooray! or…not.
For awhile, I tried to bump up that number, attempting to save 40 or more percent off my bill.
Then I realized that I was looking at the wrong number on my receipt.
I shouldn’t be concerned with how much I’m saving in percentages.
I should be most concerned with how much I’m spending, period.
For instance, if I spend $35 and “save” 10 percent, versus spending $50 and saving 30 percent, in most cases I’d prefer to just spend $35.
The percentage calculations might not include cost-comparisons between similar items, my coupons, and they certainly don’t include prices at other stores. So really, that “percent savings” figure doesn’t mean much.
I need to forget about saving X percent entirely.
My budget does not state “You must save 30 percent on all grocery purchases.” It states “Try to spend $35-40 on groceries.”