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January 29th, 2017 at 03:03 pm

Yesterday's grocery bill went back into the $50s, but I came home with plenty of meals. And the checker--a young man about 21--was impressed with my coupons. I love it when they say, "Wow!" I hope they don't coach them on that because I was happy to hear it. Our local supermarket chain was bought by Kroger about a year ago, and they seem to be getting better.

Here was yesterday's uberfrugal fun. DD needed a one-piece swimsuit for her swim classes which start tomorrow at school. Target seemed the best bet, but it's steps away from Costco. She HATES going shopping with me, but I told her we'd go to Costco, price bread flour, and eat a bunch of samples. We ate about a dozen samples, decided the big bag of bread flour was too big, and found a swimsuit there--avoiding Target altogether. So--free lunch, cheaper swimsuit,and a quick trip to the supermarket. And I thought of you all at the supermarket as I was buying edmame as right next to them was a package of what I would call lima beans but which were marked butter beans. The darn things are haunting me.

So, we had stir-fried chicken, broccoli, and pineapple last night with rice. We'll have fried rice tonight with quick dumpling soup and eggrolls. I saw the dumpling soup in an old issue of Midwestern Living at the library and it looked so good. I love having fresh ginger and cilantro around--especially in the and winter. I also made pancakes for brunch and a dozen extra for DD's breakfast this week. She pops them in the toaster and eats them plain. And I made a loaf of bread in the bread maker--long shelved in the basement to use up the whole-wheat flour. I have two opened bags of it in the pantry so we're eating it all.

We did spend some cash as I'm due for a haircut and color--actually a few weeks overdue. My local salon had a deal where if you bought a $100 gift card you got an extra $20--you just couldn't use it the same day. I'd already made an appointment for about 10 days out, so I'll have enough (almost) for two appointments. I touch up the greying roots myself, but the cut and color is something I am unwilling to budge on.

DH and I have decided to really clean out the pantry except for staples. It probably should be an annual event as we have lots of bits of things. I probably would NOT do it in January again, but we'll continue pretty much uberfrugal until he gets a job.

Still no sunshine here--it must be at least a week without sun and it's pretty darn cold.

8 Responses to “Onward”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    You are doing fabulous MEC! I hope the sun shines soon for you there.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Keep up the good work on being uberfrugal! Good score on the free samples and the swim suit!

  3. My English Castle Says:

    The weatherman just said we've had 14 days without appreciable sunshine. I used the NYT recipe for fried rice and I had to wrestle the wok away from my DH so DD could have some for lunch tomorrow. Gone from the pantry is the sesame oil and the rest of the pot stickers from the freezer.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    We've been sunless here in Chicago just about all winter long. Still, I'm happy we don't have snow and polar vortexes. Or is it vortices?

  5. Amber Says:

    Dinner sounds yummy 😋

  6. scottish girl Says:

    You're doing great!

  7. snafu Says:

    Great job sticking to uber frugal and using up pantry and freezer foods. I need to work on a system to keep that problem under control. I like the idea of making an extra batch of pancakes that are appropriately sized for the toaster oven. I do that with waffles as the appliance makes large size and it's a 'go to' for leftover applesauce or seasonal fruit.

    Great break at Costco for swim suit in January. I'd never put those two ideas together. I over buy most trips to Costco, they have so many new products and fresh ideas but packaging is huge. I keep thinking I need to mesh needs with a neighbour but never seem to be able to pull it off.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    You made me lol about the lima beans. Smile

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