Discount groceries

Discount groceries

I was browsing a few frugal/thrifty living sites, and discount grocery stores came up several times.  Discount stores, not as in Walmart and the like, but as in salvage, “dent and bent”, outdated, and overstock.  I was disappointed to only find one such store in my state, but I did find one highly recommended mini-chain (3 outlets) a short drive away in the next state.  They undergo regular health inspections, so I wasn’t worried about finding things snuggled under fuzzy green blankets 😛

 

The building is fairly non-descript, and pretty small, but see that the other 2 locations are larger, and the company is building a new, much larger store closer to me.  It was tucked behind another store, not easily visible from the street, so I was glad I had scoped it out on Google Maps beforehand.  Parked, left the hubby in the car, and in I went.

 

I didn’t grab a cart, intending to just look around, but I ended up grabbing a basket.  Partway down the first aisle, I’m glad I did.  After a wander through all 4 aisles, the produce/bread/potato chips room, and the chiller room, here’s what I got:

  • Fresh blueberries, 11 oz. – $1.79
  • Fit Patties – chicken and vegetable protein, Island Teriyaki flavor, 4 pcs – $1.29
  • Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar cheese, 7 oz. – $2.29
  • 2 jars of Sharwood’s tikka paste, $0.50 each – $1.00
  • Red Fork Sweet Hickory Chicken BBQ simmer sauce – $0.25
  • One beef stick (my treat!) – $0.59
  • Saffron Road Harissa summer sauce – $1.29
  • Vintage Italia Spicy Tomato Herb pasta chips, 5 oz. – $1.09
  • Bag of Sahale Sing Buri cashews, 5 oz. – $1.99
  • Burt’s Guinness Rich Chili thick cut potato chips, 5.3 oz. – $1.19
  • Barbara’s Snackimals chocolate crisp cereal – $0.99
  • A bottle of Hint water (hubby’s treat) – $0.49
  • Horizon organic shells and white cheddar – $0.99
  • Seeds of Change organic tikka masala sauce, 12 oz. – $1.79
  • Branston pickle, 360g – $2.09
  • Campbell’s Slow Kettle creamy broccoli cheddar bisque soup, 15 oz. – $0.99
  • Diet Snapple peach iced tea K-cups, 12 ct. – $3.99
  • Diet Snapple lemon iced tea K-cup, 12 ct. – FREE (Snapple K-cups were BOGOF)
  • 3 pouches of Blue Dragon General Tao (that’s how they spell it) simmer sauce – $1.00
  • Boulder Canyon turkey and gravy flavored kettle chips, 5 oz. – $1.29
  • Sun-Bird fried rice seasoning – $0.29

 

Grand total?  $26.68.  Some was out of date, most of it wasn’t.  This past week’s income vs outgo was pretty snug, so being able to stretch the food dollar was a welcome relief.  I haven’t come across any off-tasting items in what we’ve consumed – the beef stick was fine, the Guinness chips tasty, the Hint water as advertised, and the lemon iced tea lemony.  I have to attack some leftover curry for lunch, but dinner will be the shells and white cheddar, seasoned with some homemade dry ranch seasoning and bulked out with sweet peas ($0.50 a can at Safeway last week).  The hubs will probably have some frozen veggies, steamed and tossed with some of the Blue Dragon sauce.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to nibble some Kerrygold cheddar :-)

Thrifty Recipe Test: Raisin Pancakes

Thrifty Recipe Test: Raisin Pancakes

Sometimes, the ADHD gets the best of me, and I end up following the Internet’s rabbit trails.  In my “On This Day” flashbacks on Facebook the other day, I came across an article from a couple years back from the Daily Mail, an English newspaper, on a woman who had a food budget of £1 a day.  That’s a whopping $1.44 as of today (and about $1.60 when the article was published).  I’m always looking for ways to save money on food while still eating reasonably nutritiously, so I decided to have a go at some of the recipes on that woman’s blog, Thrifty Lesley.  First off, her first recipe, raisin pancakes for 8p ($0.12) per serving, with the recipe serving 2 people.

 

80g raisins
100g flour
Pinch of salt
Half a tsp sugar

Serves 2

Mix all the ingredients together with enough water to make a thick batter. Heat a frying pan and add some oil. When the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of raisiny batter into the pan and cook over a low heat until set, flip over and cook the other side.

Share the pancakes out between 2 people

 

Now, these aren’t your big fluffy pancakes like you’d get at IHOP or Denny’s.  These are smaller, almost kid-sized pancakes.  I ate them with my fingers, dipped in some maple flavored agave syrup.  I didn’t have any raisins on hand, so I used bits of dried apples and pears.  I only used about 30g, though – if I’d used 80g of apples and pears, the pancakes would have been solid chunks of fruit!  I’ll try these again, but with a little more sugar.

 

My cost breakdown:

$0.11 = Approx. 3.5 oz of flour at $0.031/oz
$0.01 = Pinch of salt
$0.01 = 1/2 tsp sugar
$0.15 = Dried fruit

Total = $0.28 for 2 servings.  Well, one serving for me, since I was hungry :-)   It wasn’t bad.  I’ll remember to take and share pictures the next time I make these!

Kindle Deals for 21 October 2013

Kindle Deals for 21 October 2013
Kindle Deals for 21 October 2013

Here are this week’s Amazon Kindle book deals!  Note: You do NOT need a Kindle of any variety to download these books!  You can download an app to your computer or tablet and read the books that way, or you can read them through your browser.  All prices are accurate as of the time of posting this, um, post. Read the rest of this entry

Quick Tip: How to see behind things

Quick Tip: How to see behind things
Quick Tip: How to see behind things

I just got a Google Chromecast, and wanted to see if my kitchen TV has an HDMI port so I could use it on that TV.  Now, said kitchen TV is mounted under a cabinet with very little space to negotiate behind it.  How is one supposed to discern the existence of an HDMI port when one is too lazy to google for the manual?  With one’s cell phone, of course! Read the rest of this entry

Quick Tip: Canning Inventory Sheet

Quick Tip: Canning Inventory Sheet
Quick Tip: Canning Inventory Sheet

So, I canned 9 pints and a 12 oz. jar of peppers and onions yesterday, and I need to find a home for them in my cupboard.  I was thinking of taking New Year’s Day (yep, thinking out that far ahead) to do a canned goods inventory, to see what I’ve got left and what I want to can during 2014.  But as I was trying to find space for these 10 new jars, I figured I should just do the inventory now.  That way, if Bountiful Baskets has some good deals on case goods, I know what I could use to can.   Read the rest of this entry

Quick Tip: Wiping down the silverware drawer

Quick Tip: Wiping down the silverware drawer
Quick Tip: Wiping down the silverware drawer

A quick hint for the morning – every once in a while, when you go to put your clean silverware, take a minute to wipe out the organizer tray thingie if you have one.  You’d be amazed at how much gunk can collect in there!  A wash rag, damp paper towel, Lysol wipe, take your pick – it only takes a minute!

Kindle Deals for 12 October 2013

Kindle Deals for 12 October 2013
Kindle Deals for 12 October 2013

Here are this week’s Amazon Kindle book deals!  Note: You do NOT need a Kindle of any variety to download these books!  You can download an app to your computer or tablet and read the books that way, or you can read them through your browser.  All prices are accurate as of the time of posting this, um, post. Read the rest of this entry

Amazon Subscribe and Save: October 2013 Edition

Amazon Subscribe and Save: October 2013 Edition
Amazon Subscribe and Save: October 2013 Edition

You know, when I do my monthly shopping, it really is nice not to fill up my cart with big bulky stuff, leaving no room for the important things like canning jars and SD cards.  How do I do this, you might ask?  Simple – Amazon Subscribe and Save!  I’ve written about S&S before, and I’ll revisit it now. Read the rest of this entry

Tutorial: Changing a car battery

Tutorial: Changing a car battery
Tutorial: Changing a car battery

Up on Limestone Mountain outside of Lander, WY, helping retune an antenna rig.  Try to start Truckzilla to listen to the football game … click click click.  Dead battery.  Fortunately, another one of the guys on the crew that day was able to jump start us.  No problems for a month, until we were pointing a satellite dish on a hill partway between Laramie and Cheyenne.  Dish pointed, went to start up Truckzilla to go home, and you guessed it – click, click, click.  Dead battery.  We tried a few different unorthodox “don’t try this at home, kids” ways to trickle charge, the battery, but in the end, a nice man in a tow truck used the Square card reader on his iPhone to relieve us of $85 in exchange for jumping the truck.  We stopped at Walmart on the way home to get a new battery, and The Hubs left me in charge of changing batteries.  Trust me, it’s a lot easier than you think to change the battery in your car, truck, SUV, what have you.  Been there, done that on my scooter! Read the rest of this entry

How fast is your internet connection … really?

How fast is your internet connection … really?
How fast is your internet connection … really?

Face it, we’ve all seen those commercials where one internet provider claims their speed is 10x faster than the competitor.  Look closely at their fine print – of course your claims of 15 Mbps will be 10x someone else’s 1.5 Mbps! Read the rest of this entry