I always keep a list going at home and write down things I’m running low on. Before I go to the store I add a few things, get my coupons, and go. I’m also good at estimating the total ( I can decide if I’m going to pay cash, credit card, whatever.
Yesterday I totally messed up. I took my list, glanced at it as I entered the store, and put it in my pocket as I was looking at some plants and flowers. I decided to rely on my memory, which is usually really good.
As I began to put my things on the conveyor belt, I thought of two important things I forgot. I apologized to the cashier, put my stuff back into my cart (she hadn’t started yet, so no biggie) and told the person behind me to go ahead. This process repeated a few minutes later.
Why didn’t I take the list from my pocket? I don’t know.
To make it worse, when I got home I realized I’d forgotten to give the casher a coupon for a free item that cost $4 and the coupon expires today. I got a few discounts from e-coupons I'd loaded onto my store card, but still.........
In the parkiing lot I realized there was yet another item I forgot - and it was on the list! Didn't want to go back, store was crowded and I needed to get home to do something.