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*leftovers again for lunch yesterday. DH and I went to IKEA last night and decided to stop for burgers on the way home.

*Todays lunch is going to be be some flatbread pizza for DH and I. There are two pices of flatbread tjhat need used up soon. If my son shows up at lunchtime he can either have spaghetti, salad, or else cook something for himself.

* I have chicken thawed out and will probably have DH grill that for dinner. I have a rice-aroni side and can just throw together some garden veggies or salad as well. I have not cut the cantalope yet either. I was waiting for my son to come over and help me eat some of that.

Yesterday I had to get the emmisions test for my van and I decided that I would just get the DMV knocked out of the way too. By the time I got hone it was too hot to be outside putting stickers on the van, so I just did that first thing this morning. I went ahead and got the SUV stickers at the same time since it passed roadside emmisions. Whenever my son comes by he can put the stickers on himself.

Before I went to the emmisions, I topped of my fluids and changed the airfilter it the van. I was low one quart of oil and some antifreeze. I had it alreadry, but I bought replacements when I went to get a new air filter. It all cost me $51 all toghether. I need to get my tranmission fluid changed too, but I am gonna have a professional do that sometime in the next couple of weeks. DH said he will try to call the mechanic today and get an appointment for me.

DH and I did a bunch of yardwork until it got too hot to be outside. I am going to head over to the store to get some soda in a bit. After that, we are just waiting for the kiddo to show up. (He has been staying at his girlfiriends on the workdays because they carpool to work. They both got a job at the same hospital, so it worked out good for them.) I want to get with him and make sure he has his 401K and other benefits all figured out.... He needs to figure out what kind of car he can afford too so that Mom and Dad can get the SUV back for our own use. My van is great for camping, but not for running errands around town.
 
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My son and I made a couple of loaves of zuchinni bread today. He took one to go and I kept one here. We also split the cantalope in half. He took 2 gallon bags of kale out of the garden and a half dozen cucumbers. Nobody is starving around these parts for sure....
 

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Forced myself out of the house today, even though I wasn't in the mood after yesterday's shopping excursion.

We went to Big Lots because we had a $5/$15 coupon that was about to expire. Unfortunately, we didn't find much so ended up using our coupon on some beet powder.

DH was off in another part of the store today, trying to help an elderly lady find gallons of distilled water which she claimed she bought there recently at three for $10. In an odd "coincidence" she was in the store and approached us with the same question last time we were there. She isn't happy that they sell cases of purified, bottled water, but not the gallons of DISTILLED water, she wants.

The store didn't have any in stock today either and both times I've been left scratching my head thinking she must have a touch of dementia, because I don't know WHY anyone would want to buy distilled water for more than three dollars a gallon, when virtually every grocery store in town sells it for a dollar or less. I can't imagine Big Lots even stocking it for more than three dollars.

Don't know if it is just me, but we've visited three Big Lots in three different cities over the past week and very little has excited me.

Last week, there was an rather unappetizing mouse trap on the floor in the disorganized food section in Logan. Our store is always MUCH more organized and "kept up" than that.

Yesterday, we couldn't find the things we wanted in stock in the neighboring city.

Today, a man who appeared to be the new manager was arguing with customers about the pricing on an item. Didn't know all the details, but from what we overheard, it sounded like the customers were right. Either way, it wasn't a pleasant experience for the customers waiting to check out, because even after the customers left without buying anything, the manager was "lecturing" the employee who called him to the register about how much that would cost his bottom line.

There used to be a pretty good crew at our store. I sure hope that isn't a sign of things to come. :rolleyes:

We hadn't been back to the discount grocery for two weeks -- when the power went out and we didn't get to shop. Picked up a few things there today, but nothing that spectacular. I'm trying hard not to buy anything but what we are going to eat immediately or REALLY spectacular deals. Mostly, I'm trying to fill us full of fresh produce while it is in season -- and that store doesn't sell produce.

The store has gotten quite a bit higher on the groceries it has gotten in recently -- the opposite of prices that were almost too low at times a few months ago. I don't know how well that is going to go with the owner's grandfather directly competing with him and the new discount store arriving here in October. We don't think all four discount stores (including Big Lots) can make it here and we're afraid of which we will end up losing. They've all got things going for them.

We're having the same qualms about grocery stores. For years we wanted an independent chain from neighboring cities to move here. At the time the employees thought it was going to locate here -- which is why I signed up for an account which is still active, even though I've heardly ever shopped there in years. Now it is finally getting around to building a store near all the new houses going up -- not far from us -- but we're worried we'll lose one of our favorite stores in the process.

There is another independent chain less than a mile from our home and we suspect its two locations are most at risk. We wouldn't shed any tears over losing them, since we've boycotted them for years after an employee hounded us through the store shouting at us several years ago -- and then rushed to the door to shout accusations when we opted to leave rather than suffer the abuse. We had a LOT of bad experiences at the other location before that, but even quit shopping the chain in a neighboring city although we never had a bad experience there.

We DO NOT want to lose any of the remaining chains, however. We need each of them for different reasons.

The most dreaded stop today was the regular grocery store. They had a $10/$75 coupon offer last week that actually DE-motivated me from shopping the mega sale. I had some high value coupons that went well with the sale, but I knew we'd come up shy of the amount we needed for the promotion but close enough it would be really silly NOT to push the total up to get the $10. I couldn't really think of "filler" items we needed. The result was that I didn't really shop the mega sale for the first week and a half of the sale. Talk about a promotion back-firing! lol!

However, I was afraid if I waited until the end of the sale, they'd be out of everything, so I forced myself to do another big shopping trip today. I would have preferred several small ones over the two week period.

We actually got some really good deals stacking mega sale with high value best customer coupons, but it took a lot of work to wander around getting them. Basically, I just went down my list and tossed the deals in the cart without looking at much else.

We picked up more coffee including a large can for $2.49.

We could get one more package of grass-fed hot dogs for $1.99.

We got two cans of almonds for 99 cents total -- 50 cents each.

A large bottle of dish detergent and two large bottles of all-purpose cleaner were $1.49 each.

A bottle of mouthwash was 99 cents.

A couple bottles of body wash were 19 cents each.

A half-gallon of oat milk was 49 cents.

We got a jar of pesto for 99 cents and a large bottle of taco sauce for $1.04.

We also picked up a couple loaves of markdown whole grain bread, frozen pizzas for $2.49 each and some markdown produce including bananas, cauliflower, beets, carrots, zucchini, peppers, grapefruit and spinach.
 
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Went to walmart today for one thing and it turned out to be out of stock. Ended up picking up a dozen eggs, a couple of bananas, and pair of those .98 rubber sandals. I finally broke my old sandals at the pool in Montana. I like to have a pair of those cheap ones on hand for the public showers at places like that...

*I went to brunch with a friend this morning and she paid for that.

Dinner was $$ though. I went to a retirement party for an old coworker here in Colorado. Spent money on beer and pizza (at a brew pub). I did bring home 2 slices of pizza for later. Had fun but it was kind of an unplanned expense. I find I am going out to eat a lot more here in lower 48, so Alaska was cheaper for me in that respect. ...

Anyway, I decided that I am staying home tomorrow. 2 social engagements in the same day did me in...... As soon as I finish my laundry tonight, I am going to bed.
 

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* no cooking today. Breakfast was zuchinni bread, lunch: meatloaf sandwich and cantalope, Dinner: leftover pizza.

I watched a free movie today online, then went for a walk at a park a couple of miles away for a change of scenery.

I dashed in the grocery to buy pickling spices and ended up with some stock up sale items to the tune of $24 total. I also discovered a dollar general that went in near here and went in to look around. Only spent $1 there today though. Nice to know where it is though in case I want to go in there again.....

My son came over to grab some garden stuff, then left again.I sure don't see much of him anymore.

Tonight it looks like a thunderstorm might move in, so if it rans then I will just stay inside the rest of the evening. I still have youtube stuff to catch up on.
 
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No rain last night at all. I got up early today and did a little more packing up/reorganizing of the van. I went for a walk around the neighborhood early too, because today and tomorrow also are supposed to be hot again.

*finally got pickles made today. 3 quarts of garlic dill spears. I also sliced some smaller cucumbers and did a jar of refridgerator pickles with those. So far only one of my jars sealed but they are still hot, so hopefully the other two "pop" as they cool off. If not, I will have a lot of pickles to eat right away! I think refridgerator pickles only last about 4-6 weeks.

*zuchinni bread again for breakfast. Lunch was leftovers. I had an ice cream snack too after lunch.

*I ended up freezing a buch of leftover stuff in meal sized containers today just to get them out of the refridgerator. I can't stand to eat any more leftovers for a while.

* I have a small package of hamburger that is going to be taco meat for my dinner. It is .82 lbs so I will have have tacos for a couple of days and probably nachos on the third day to get rid of it. That is unless DH eats it tomorrow night. He had jury duty tomorrow and will probably be home at dinnertime. I could add beans to stretch it out tomorrow if I need too. There are canned chili beans and canned black beans in the pantry.

I will see what happens with his jury duty before making any plans for the rest of the week. Tomorrow though I might go up to the mountains for a day hike just to get out of the heat a bit. I want to go to the hot springs before I leave town, but am waiting for a cooler day to do that. It just doesn't sound like fun when it is already hot outside.....

Okay, I just heard another pickle jar pop so that is a good sign.. One more to go!
 

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After hanging at the courthouse almost all day, DH finally got dismissed from jury duty. He was tired though and fell asleep right after dinner.

My lunch yesterday was salad and a small grilled cheese sandwich. I made the nachos for dinner last night for both of us. There is a little of the cheese dip and meat that I put in a container for my dinner tonight as nachos round two. (I used the last of my taco shells up when I did the first bit of taco meat up on Monday, but I have two bags of tortilla chips here in the house. Nachos it is for dinner!)

I tried to make some cucumber chips with ranch seasoning from an online recipe. They didn't come out as crispy as I hoped, but they tasted pretty good. I have an awfully lot of cucumbers from the garden this year. I only need so many pickles and am trying to find other ways to use them up. I gotta go check on the zuchinni today too as I saw a couple small ones on Sunday that are probably needing to be picked soon. With the price of groceries going up, I am glad that my son planted a good garden this year.

*By the way, all 3 quarts of pickles sealed so they went straight to the pantry for later use. I was glad that I could water bath them as I still have not found the weighted gauge for my canner. DH told me to look in the cupboard with the measuring cups and such, but I gotta get the step stool out to see all the way to the back of that one. Surpisingly, my canner gasket looks like it is in good shape. I haven't used it in a few years and thought I might need a new gasket. That canner is at least 30 years old and still going strong. When I told someone at work I spent $100 on a canner they thought I was crazy at the time. I bet it lasts me the rest of my life as I probably won't be around in another 30 years. If I am, canning won't be the top of my priority list at close to 90 years old.

Frugal Fail: I was trying not to get any more gasoline this month, but I am going to have to fill this weekend. I decided to go to the mountain condo for Sat, Sun, Mon nights. Gas is cheaper here that up in the mountains so a full tank is usually what I want to go up with..
I have a rental guest coming on Tuesday so I do have to clear out on Tuesday morning. The housekeepers needs time to get the unit ready for them to check in that afternoon. I might go ahead and find a campsite for Tuesday night though and come home on Wed. DH is working Sun - Wed so he won't really notice I am gone other than a few dishes stacking up. (Since I am not working, I have taken on dish duty 100%.)

Speaking of work, I applied for the Spirit halloween store to see if they would hire me for October only. DH thinks they are already opened, but I didn't check the other day when I saw the banner up. I will see if I hear from the online application or not. I can only work in October though as I still have my Sept trip planned. I was also looking at the sugar beet harvest for October. It pays good but I would rather be home after my Florida trip. I would be pushing it to get there before Oct 1 as it is in North Dakota and Western Minnesota locations. Maybe next year if I want some money then I will consider that.

I have been so busy this month and okay on the money department, that I haven't looked for any work. I don't really spend anything sitting here around the house. I figured that if I needed to, I could do something like door dash or one of the daily labor services. So far, I have just been spending my retirement time doing household projects, taking walks, and wasting time online.:D

I picked out a small camping trailer that I think I want to buy, but I need to check for sure if I can tow it with my van. I like the idea of having a trailer with a bath and ability to hook up to electric. New cost is around 30K and I am not sure I can find a used one in this model. I guess I will watch over the winter and see if I can find one used. It is hard to find 12 - 14 foot trailers with a bath. There are only about 3 brands out there on the market. The one I want is called a Nucamp Tab. DH would be too tall to stand in the shower, but I could use it okay since I am shorter. I looked at them at an RV show a couple of years ago but ended up buying the van instead. The van works for camping, but for longer term travel a trailer would be nice to have. Expensive toys for sure ......
 

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My day ground to a halt this afternoon because it is super hot 97 degrees outside. The house is staying around 72 but I don't want to do anything like cooking because the swamp cooler is barely keeping up today. I am glad that I ran the dishwasher early this morning. I am thiking I may just going to go lay down a while until it cools off this evening.

I dashed out to the store this morning and spent way too much. Between the grocery and dollar tree I spent $30. I need a few things to throw in the van and ended up picking up sodas ($10) and some stuff to make a chicken crockpot meal on Friday. A few other odds and ends found their way into my cart too. I am still under budget, but I gotta watch what I am doing the rest of the month for sure. DH sure emptied the pantry over the winter. I didn't have three ingedients for the crockpot chicken that I want to make - usually I have all that stuff on hand (stovetop stuffing is expensive too at regular price. I usually buy a bunch of it on sale around the holidays. I ended up getting store brand today instead.)
 

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*The zucchini are getting away from me again. I pulled a couple out of the garden that are over a foot long! More cucumbers are ready today too. Got a few more peas and beans as well.

Today I ended up with a "free" lunch that cost me plenty. I went to the casino for a while and lost $38. Anyway, I got a food voucher that covered a fish and chips meal. It was big, so I ended up bringing half of it home for later. Good thing that I don't go there very often. It was not very busy up there at the casino town either. A lot of Sr citizens and that was it there.. I guess the last time that I went a couple of years ago it was on a weekend, so maybe that is why it seemed empty today.

I stopped for a nice walk on the way up and a shorter one on the way back. Not enough real exercise though as I kept stopping to enjoy the scenery.

I am gonna finish off the Nacho cheese stuff in a minute for dinner. I had a late lunch and ended up not eating dinner last night at all.

*Gasoline today cost me $56 for a half tank. Good thing that I don't usually let it get low or it would have been $100. Anyway, I am filled up and ready for my trip up the mountain on Sat afternoon.
 

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Making most of our food from scratch again which feels really good.

We ran out of celery yesterday, so went to pick up some today. The store had a BUNCH of natural foods on markdown again, but I tried to control myself. I passed on most of the soups which included some containing vegetarian "meat," bone broth based "keto" soups, some vegetarian Thai curry and a keto version of "Cup-O-Soup."

I did pick up a few cans of house brand tomato soup which were only 39 cents each. They also had a couple shelf-stable cartons of unsweetened almond milk and a shelf-stable carton of oat milk. The biggest savings was probably the bag of organic, gourmet coffee for $1.89.

Found a nice, unusual melon variety on markdown for 99 cents, as well, and they also had a box of Quorn on markdown for $1. A vlogger shopped our store a few weeks ago and got a similar deal, but I missed that round of markdowns.

We dropped by a thrift store, but didn't find much. The biggest problem were customers standing like zombies blocking EVERY SINGLE AISLE. I never did get down a couple aisles I wanted to see.

Didn't exactly break the bank at that store. I found a small, short-handled ladle that will work well in our travel "kitchen" bag. I needed something similar on our last trip and this was only 50 cents.

A couple weeks ago, I found a small jar of curry powder which was just the right size for our kitchen bag, but now I can't remember what I did with it! That set me off sorting through some of my excess spices. I have some small jars salt-free spices which will be a nice size for the kitchen bag and have been wanting to get them in there since I first put it together.

I've got a set to two black pot holders in our "everything" duffel bag which is always with us when we travel, but our last trip we microwaved baked potatoes and soup and needed a trivet or two really badly. Two pot holders weren't enough, so when I saw black ones with silicone on one side at the dollar store they seemed ideal. I told DH I planned to put them in the kitchen bag and DID NOT want to lose them -- but now DH can't remember what he did with them when he brought in the other bags that day. :rolleyes:

At least I finally got the spare spiralizer stuck in the bag, so I'm making some progress.

Our third stop today we got some nice produce markdowns including a couple bags of carrots, a couple heads of cauliflower and a couple bags with three sweet peppers each. Wanted to get some hamburger buns, but they were out just like they seem to be every time we go lately. That store sells small whole wheat ones which are just the right size. All the other brands of whole wheat ones are WAY too big for our taste.
 

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Frugal fail again on eating out. DH and I went to firehouse subs on Friday for lunch.

For dinner Friday, I had chicken/stuffing/green beans in the crockpot so that was easy. DS came over and made a pasta salad with cucumbers and bacon it as an extra side. I have leftovers from that meal to have for a couple of lunches for myself.

Good news side was that I got my first pension check (for July). On the same day though I got my debt letter for the SS tax that was defered last fall. Easy come, easy go on that money..... I was really surprised to get the pension check in the middle of the month. I was not expecting anything till either Sept 1 or Oct 1. They told me 8-12 weeks for processing time to start pension and I would probably get the back pay at the 4th month out.

Anyway, I drove up to the mountain condo last night. Got caught in a traffic jam. There was a wreck near the tunnel and the shortcut route over the pass was closed off too. I had just sitting there wasting gas moving at 5 miles an hour. I should have probably just pulled off and parked until the road was cleared off....

I stopped in the store up here because I forgot butter and I wanted a little meat for my stir-frry for dinners this week. I brought everything else with me in the way of food. I found the following bargains .05 for markdown margarine, $3.77 for some steak, and a package of naan bread for .99. I usually don't buy the fake butter, but the price was too good to pass up. I am just using it for cooking anyway.

I made a nice egg scramble for breakfast with onion, green bell, pepper, mushrooms, and cheese. I brought an excess of veggies and plan to do stir-fry for dinner both days that I am up here. I have a couple different sauces to make it unique each night. Any excess veggies can go in my soup that I will have on my camping night.

*The odd part of the whole thing is that my dishes are exactly where I left them last month. I think none of the rental guests cooked in between visits. I am used to having to hunt in the cabinets for where the dishes were put away. *I got a free bottle of wine from the resort as usual. The housekeeper also left dishwasher soap again. I think it is on there checklist and they just don't stop to think that this unit has no dishwasher. Oh well, I will take it home again.

After I got here last night, I took a walk around the lake while the condo cooled off. It gets hot in the afternoon without the window opened. I got the fan out and closed off the west facing blinds to help speed up the cool down. I got out a jigsaw puzzle and worked on that while the TV was on. *Dinner last night was my leftover fish and chips from Thursday that I need to finish up. I heated them in the oven to keep them crispy as the microwave makes stuff like that soggy.

Today, I got no plans at all other than relaxing. I will probably take another nice walk on the bike trail. I might go to the pool this afternoon too. I have my puzzle to work on and plenty of reading material too if I do get bored. I have all day today and tomorrow up here. I need to check out of the unit Tuesday morning but am prepared to go camping in my van on Tuesday night. I will probably stay in the area and not head home till Wednesday evening. There are a couple of nice forest service campgrounds near here that I can chose from. I have my blue ice blocks in the freezer here already and can just raid the ice machine Tuesday morning too if I need more ice.
 

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This weekend we found some markdown plants at Lowe's for $1. We planted them around the foundation of our sunroom. Found some houseplants for a good price (I am too cheap to pay too much for small houseplants, so we ended up getting bigger ones). I found some wine tags that are good for $1 off $2 minimum produce purchase. Used some of them for some potatoes for last night's markdown steak dinner, salad greens for salads this week, and a few SC peaches.

Worked in the sunroom planting our houseplants and just came in from working outside in the yard. Too hot to do much but I worked about an hour or so cleaning up. I canned tomatoes from my garden last week. They are dwindling down so I guess the summer garden is coming to an end.
 

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I never made it to the swimming pool yesterday. I worked on my puzzle all afternoon, took another walk, cooked dinner, and then watched TV.

The stirfry came out okay. I used a Beef & Broccoli seasoning packet. Along with the broccoli I added garden peas, onion green bell pepper, and zuchini. I only used half the steak and am going to pan fry the other half for dinner with a teriyaki glaze, I have rice left and plenty of veggies to make side dishes. I decided I wanted something different than just another stirfry today.

I am going for another walk this morning even though it is a little overcast. I won't stray too far in case it decides to rain. I have plenty of fun stuff to do inside if it does. I only have about half of my puzzle done anyway. I can always watch TV or a little more of my youtube stuff. Coming up to the mountain kind of forces me to relax as I don't have all those little household projects nagging at me to get done.

*lunch will again be the leftover chicken crockpot stuff. Just throwing it into the microwave, so it is easy peasy.

I have a cookie pouch with me and will probably make those as some point today too.

No spent day yesterday and today will get me back on track after going thru too much money this last week. I just gotta stop that eating out so much! That is a budget wrecker for sure.
 

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I made stir fry last night using a pack of meat (marked down) cut into strips and added a veggie pack I also found in the freezer. Made enough for 4 meals. I will probably eat as leftovers for lunch as DH does not really like stir fry. Tonight I used a pack of ground turkey I found in the freezer, paired with some home canned pinto beans, cheese, and some packs of enchilada sauce I found on clearance and cheap flour tortillas. Again, enough for 4 generous sized meals.

I submitted a few NBPR rebates online yesterday and hopefully those will be accepted. After 10 years I finally got a new computer at work and am working on cleaning up my old one by deleting old files and moving this from 'my computer' to an actual personal drive I have on the server that gets backed up. What a mess.
 

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At lunchtime I got a message from someone wanting me to do plant watering starting tomorrow ( through the housesitter sight) so I came on home today. I am glad that I saw the message before paying for a campsite tonight! I still got to enjoy a picnic at the lake and a nice little hike before heading to town. I have my laundry in the washer and my food unloaded already.

* I am making a pizza bread snack for an early dinner. I might eat more later tonight though. I am just kinda hungry after the hike....

* Found a few wild raspberries that I snacked on during my hike. There were not really enough to be worth trying to collect and bring home. I figure the birds needed them worse than I do anyway....

* I finally got a survey done yesterday for $4.25. I haven't done any for quite a while and mostly just didn't want the website to think I dropped off the planet.
 

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Still trying to eat as much fresh produce as possible while it is in season. We got some good markdowns at one store today including baby potatoes, cucumbers, peppers and a BIG bag of small zucchini -- all for one dollar per bag. They also had markdown bananas and we were out.

Picked up some really cheap salmon using coupons today. That became tonight's dinner. For dinner, we paired it with some markdown mashed potatoes, markdown Caesar salad and roasted markdown some beets. Used fresh rosemary from our garden on the salmon and baked it on a bed of markdown sliced onion with some garlic.

Large containers of Greek yogurt were on a weekly deal that ended today, but I haven't known how many to buy since they take so much room. However, when we got to the store today we found a rare markdown on single-serve, no-sugar yogurt and opted to go with those. The small cartons are easier for us to store, don't dirty more dishes, we prefer less sugar and it only came out to a little more than the large containers when you figure the price per ounce. Besides that, our store NEVER seems to have the flavor we want in the big ones when they are on sale.

The register surprised us and took off an additional $1.50 digital coupon which I didn't expect. Normally that store messes with its sku numbers on dairy products so coupons don't work. The extra coupon brought the price down to one which was even easier to swallow.

I also picked up a box of Special K with chocolate flakes. They were on mega sale and I had a digital coupon. I thought I was going to pay 79 cents for the box, however, at the register another $1.25 coupon we had came off in addition to the 75 cent one I'd planned and then the register didn't give us the mega sale discount because it would have been a negative number, but still counted it as a mega sale item. We ended up paying somewhere between 46 (what the website claimed) and 54 cents (what the receipt claimed) for the box. The math doesn't add up no matter how you figure and the registers at that store have been messed up on fuel points -- although the web site is correct on them, so I'm not exactly sure how much we paid -- except that it was cheap.

I sure wish they'd get the technical confusion straightened out. Today when I was checking the phone app to make sure we had a particular coupon loaded, the app set me in a bit of a panic because it claimed we had 140 coupons loaded -- which was a lot more than I thought. You're only allowed to load 150 at that store, but the site generally warns you when you get to about 130. However, when I got home and checked the website, it claimed we only had slightly more than 100 loaded.

We also got laundry detergent, softener and disinfectant wipes for 49 cents each after discounts and coupons and the store had markdown whole wheat bread, as well. We paid 99 cents a loaf for that. Even got a carton of ice cream for $1.44 after sale and store coupon. A bag of Smart Pop popcorn was 99 cents after mega sale and discount.

At the previous store we got free milk, hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer wipes free as well as nearly a pound of wild caught, Alaska salmon for 51 cents after coupons. We had a 50 cent hand soap digital coupon and they are clearing out large bottles for $1.49 which made it 99 cents.

Had to purchase a few boxes of Triscuits and some coffee filters, but we managed to get to the next reward level. It worked out well, because I checked prices at home and coffee filters are a LOT less expensive at that store than the one where we often buy them -- even before the buy two, get one free sale we got today. I've got to remember that for future reference! ;)

The sales at that store haven't been the greatest this month, so we had a hard time building too many points.

I was hoping they might have some markdown frozen vegetables, because they've been clearing out a lot of stuff, however, Microsoft was at it AGAIN this morning and when I went to print my store lists an update had fouled up our printer AGAIN and the computer wanted to save them to PDF instead of printing the lists I NEEDED to shop. It is bad enough Microsoft fouled up the Bluetooth on my computer so I now have to use a USB cable and it also fouled up DH's USB ports so he can't print AT ALL, now it keeps "losing" our printers and making me reinstall them.

Last week, I printed one "test coupon" which worked fine. Then I hit the print button for nine more coupons and because Microsoft had apparently finished an update in the couple minutes between prints and messed up our printer it cost us some VERY valuable coupons!!! Today, due to the delays I didn't have time to print one I wanted to print for a later sale and by the time we got home from shopping the coupon was gone. That's 10 valuable coupons Microsoft has cost us in a little more than one week.

Today's printer fiasco set us back at least an hour trying to get that fixed. When we got to the store an employee was just pulling the last of the clearance frozen vegetables and the clearance tags from the shelf! Had it not been for Microsoft we would have had a chance at them.

Since I didn't know exactly what they had, there was no real way to ask. I don't know if they get donated at that store or they ended up in the garbage. :confused:

I REALLY need to keep an itemized list and send Microsoft a bill for all the money their CONSTANT updates are costing us! :mad:
 

KmmCo

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*Got my first ear of corn out of the garden today. it is already in a pot of boiling water for my lunch! I also picked one cucumber, a handful of snow peas, and a bigger handful of green beans. I got 2 small tomatoes as well.

* I am going to finish off my chicken crockpot stuff with the corn for lunch. I thought it would be 2 servings, but there was actually enough for 3 and I need to get rid of the last of it.

*I put some pasta salad, naan bread, and some cantalope in a small cooler for dinner tonight. I am going to drive a couple of hours over to the hot springs in Buena Vista and get a good soak in this afternoon. I will be hungry before I make the drive home tonight and really don't know what restaurants are open down there anymore.

I need to top off my gas tank again today. As I have said before, I like to be full when I go out to the mountain areas as gas is always at least .25/gal higher in price.
 

KmmCo

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The hotsprings were nice, but pricey. The one I went too is now $30 and lockers cost $7 for all day rental. There is a reason I had not been there for20+ years! The lady at the front desk was acting kind of annoyed with everyone today too, so that didn't make it enjoyable at all to fork over the $$. I am going to go to the less expensive one next time I do go. Add to that the $40 worth of gas that I put in my van and it was another expensive day. At least I didn't eat out today....
 

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We fit a lot in late this afternoon, but did get some deals on things we needed.

Our first stop was a grocery store where we didn't really need anything, but we had some time to kill so stopped in. Ended up getting some more no sugar yogurt as well as a few other markdowns including some markdown bananas which I had to point out the price on when we nearly got charged a really steep price. Apparently, they were "gourmet" ones that sold for about $2 a pound. :oops: The scanner picked up the original sku instead of the one that was supposed to charge us 49 cents a pound. We'll see if they taste any better than usual ones. They certainly didn't look any different.

Next we headed to the discount grocery. Picked up a couple cans of no-salt tomatoes and a few supplements.

The biggest find there were some cans of organic sweet potato puree for 59 cents a can. The one store that used to carry that brand has been getting rid of it the past few years and really only stocked pumpkin puree to start with, so that was a real find.

Came home and checked the Internet. The CHEAPEST you can find it online is about $3 to $5 a can. Of course, Walmart is selling some (I'm assuming it is through an outside vendor. I can order it there for "only" $499+ per case of 12! :eek: Some of these online prices leave me completely flabbergasted.

Our next stop was the Wednesday farmers market. It is the last day of the season already! :(

We picked up some beautiful beets and fresh carrots along with a large spaghetti squash.

We dropped into a nearby grocery where we found a pound of ground bison on markdown for $3.99. There were several cartons of organic cream cheese for 99 cents each. A bag of kale was $1.49.

That particular store has baggers, but they were short-staffed. One minute there was a fellow bagging our groceries and the next he had vanished. I didn't see him bagging groceries at the other registers either, so I don't know what happened to him. I ended up bagging up what was left of our order myself.
 

KmmCo

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DH and I did a stock up shop today and spent a lot of money! Went to Costco and got paper towels, kleenex, and few grocery items. After that I went to Kroger and got a bunch of soda (on sale) and more pantry stuff. We found a bunch of markdown fancy pasta for 59 - 79 and grabbed a bunch. Some of the pasta was whole wheat.

I bought some canning jars too and even though on sale I spent $40 on those. If I don't use them all then I will return the extra, but they have been so hard to find. A couple were the cases of 12 but I also got a couple of 4 packs, so I will open those last and they can go back if not needed. The four packs were a little pricier than the cases.

$160 was the total damage of the day. Normally I do my winter stock up over the month of September, but I am going to be gone then and didn't want to wait till I get back.

It it bulk trash day today and I went looking in the piles down the street. I found a nice pine shelf board that is about 4 foot long. There were quite a few chairs, but I didn't need them at all. Some of the stuff in the trash piles really could have gone to the thrift store, but I guess people think it is easier to toss it. DH got a little more yard waste out today with the trash. We have a couple of compost piles but there is just too much brush to go in those.

*picklemaking is happening tonight for sure.

*lunch was bacon sandwiches. I used tomato from the garden on mine. Sides were pasta salad and cantalope because I had those ready to eat.

*dinner is going to be pork chops, garden green beans, and probably mashed potatoes.

I needed a break from the chicken. I have one more package of chicken breast that I will probably use on Saturday. Not sure what I am cooking tomorrow.
 
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