My DH and I had a load of errands to do today, and our local "fancy" grocer was on the way. They had some great specials this week, so we stopped in. A little history: DH will eat anything pretty gratefully. He does like an occasional Saturday night steak dinner, but he's not a fussy eater. He rarely--and I mean every other month or so--goes to the grocery store. He's busy, and I often stop on my way home from the university.
He's heard me rattle on about grocery prices, and listens to the news, but nothing like seeing it first hand. So we bought a few things, mostly on special, pork tenderloins for the freezer, his steak for tonight, assorted other items. This happens to also be the store where our DD has her part-time job and gets a 10% discount on everything not on sale. I wasn't paying much attention to the totals, but knew with the meat purchases it would be pretty high. So when we got to the register and the total came up as $82.XX, he blanched, and just looked at me. We paid, and off we went.
When we got to the car, he said, "Was that right?" and examined the register receipt. Nothing like a little first-hand experience. It was a revelation for him.
That brings us to another stop for today--the local Menards to look at replacement shutters for our damaged exterior shutters. I somehow thought they'd run us about $100-200 for a pair of wooden shutters. Much to our surprise, they have be ordered, and would run about $1000. Between that price and poor DH's sticker shock at the grocery store, we're going to try to repair them outselves next weekend with the help of a YouTube video or two!
But we were successful at taking two loads of old paint, paint thinners, and various other nasty chemicals to the Hazardous Waste drop-off site this morning. Such an exciting Saturday...