January 25, 2010
Firstly, grocery shopping at 8 a.m. ROCKS. I had the store to myself! I don't know where all the seniors were - maybe they had a rough night at the casino or something. Either that or they were through shopping at 6. But I know now that 8 on a Monday morning is the Magic Hour. Here's something else that may seem apparent to anyone over 50 but took me awhile to learn: Buy the Sunday paper! I mean, I've had a subscription for 5 years but I never took the time to clip coupons. By the simple act of looking through the glossy flyers that come with the paper, I saved 8 bucks today! Combine that with the in-store savings and my 2-week grocery bill went from $210 to.....wait for it....97 bucks. That's like a 55% savings, my friends!!
Now, keep in mind that I am also not buying convenience foods anymore - goodbye, delicious but expensive sushi platter and ready-made quiche! Goodbye, Lean Cuisines! Goodbye, ridiculously priced lasagna! (By the way, all those things that I just named? If you total them up, it's a savings of $62 every two weeks. EGADS!).
Okay, I just reread this and I do realize that I sound like I'm the crabby old lady that holds everyone up by paying by check and double-checking with the cashier that she indeed got all of those coupons but still disputing every sale price on the print-out. I can assure you that I do none of these things, in case you were wondering. :)
The moral of the story? It pays to do research and make stuff from scratch. Although, I may be retracting that statement after Brian eats my home cookin'. I'll let you know.