I’ve been paying attention to how much I spend on groceries. I’ve been interested in reading all the newspaper articles and blog posts about how to save on grocery bills. I love to clip coupons and use them. The problem is, lately, that our newspaper has not included many coupons that I use. I hate the ones that make you buy two of something to get the discount, so those are out. I rarely clip coupons for new products because I am just not that adventurous. Also, even if I do have coupons, I often wind up buying the store brand because it’s just cheaper and usually tastes or works just like the brand. (With the exception of Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup. There’s just no substitute for it in American chop suey.)
I am always jealous of my friends who seemed to be stocked up all the time. You know those people who always have their fridge full of cold drinks, and an extra fridge in the garage with extra cold drinks. They always have some kind of snack at the ready, and they always know what they’re making for dinner. They have defrosted the frozen chicken and their fruit bowl is always full. No matter when you stop by, and with whatever little notice, these friends are ready. Whereas I am usually prepared to offer you a drink of water and some stale crackers. (And a napkin! Say what you want, but I always have enough paper products.)
One of these friends told me that she stays stocked up by sending her husband to Target every time they have a sale on soda. He buys several cases of canned soda when they run those “buy 2, get 3 free” sales. And whenever something goes on sale, she stocks up on that, be it chicken or lunch meat or paper plates. So when I was at the grocery store the other day, I spotted a $4 whole chicken. Six pounds. I had no idea what to do with it but I snatched it up. This is why, a few days later, I was boiling a chicken carcass in the middle of the afternoon on a 105-degree day.
Anyway, back to my point. Since I came back from my week in Connecticut, I resolved to turn over a new leaf. That transformation includes more exercise and better eating, but also being more prepared and stocked up. To that end, I headed to Costco to replenish the paper supplies and to get food for our playgroup and to stock up the fridge and pantry. Here’s what I bought:
Hydrogen peroxide (about four gallons for 1.79)
A giant Caesar salad
Total cost: $318.55
I almost threw up. Maybe I should start bringing a calculator so I know how much I am racking up as I put stuff in my cart. On the other hand, the above supplies should last through many meals, get-togethers, and flu seasons. I hope.