Sometimes a change of pace is really good for perspective. For months I have been visiting the same two grocery stores every week. I load up on most things at a discount store on Saturday, then Sunday I visit a more “upscale” store for things that are either cheaper or better there. And I’ve been completely ignoring the fact that there are two more middle of the road grocery stores a little further down the street.
Yesterday I couldn’t stand the thought of the crowded aisles of the more upscale store on Sunday afternoon. So I headed down the road to one of the other stores. And it was amazingly refreshing! I hadn’t been there in months, so it was kind of novel and exciting to be someplace different. And I was pleasantly surprised to find lower prices than the discount store on some things I buy every week. And there were sales on some things I was already planning to purchase there. When I got home with my two bags of food, I had to spend a little time pondering why I never go there. It’s only an extra five minutes in the car. And I found some really great deals (as well as buying my weekly supplies of some things the discount store had been completely sold out of—was there some sort of a run on fat-free cottage cheese and frozen berries?!?!?).
The change of perspective was good for me. I’ll likely build this store into my more regular plans. Maybe I’ll go there every other week instead of the more upscale grocery store. I’ll likely start studying their sale flyers for bargains on things I use. And I’ll likely save money as a result. And why? Because I changed my perspective and tried something out of my norm.
You’ll never know how something will work out until you try it. A random change of pace may turn into a new favorite plan!