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jolted into conscious spending/saving

February 17th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Walked to and from Target today, in the rain. I made a list of six items I could carry home in a six block walk. I didn't save much money other than the 5% discount from RedCard and some sales on non-list items like AAA batteries and Starbucks ground coffee (total $4.23), but I did get some aerobic activity. When we empty the bag we can bring it to a Starbucks store for a free 12 oz drip for even more savings. I was going to go to Costco but was stopped by a back-of-the-envelope estimate of the cost of my desired purchases, the sum of which I mentally added to our heating bill ($118). I probably saved $1.50 by not going to Costco (gas).
Lentils ($1.49/lb), organic sugar ($3.00/lb) and quinoa ($7.99/30 oz) are not good deals at Target but they are at Costco.

Oh! And do we want to discuss deals? I shopped at Trader Joe's for produce, and came home with two humdinger deals, said the man who checked out my groceries. One was in the produce department -- I will let the regular TJ shoppers guess--answers in the comments please, and the other is the wine. I picked up a barbaresco nebbiolo for under $15 and saw a Barolo for under $20. I and the woman behind me at checkout were treated to a mini-seminar on how Trader Joe's manages to sell wine that cheap: it pays in cash and on time (at the time of sale/pickup, I guess). I silently edged toward the end of the checkout aisle, conscious of the woman behind me with her shopping cart, but she was as appreciative as I was to learn more about how Trader Joe's gives us its budget-price value wonders.

My rules now:
any home brewed cup of coffee that is less than 30 cents for 6 ounces is okay. I am also using up green tea and will work on the yerba mate when Lent starts (February 22).

Make at least one meal a week that includes any of the lingering red lentils, polenta, kasha, barley, quinoa in our pantry.

I posted a chart of our tax liability on the fridge. I am recruiting the boy to do weekly inventories of our pantries, fridge and freezer. Our reward for getting at least halfway to our tax liability in savings will be a 2-day stay in Vancouver (the uppercase one, in case the NW peeps were wondering) right after the tax payment is in the mail.

Gary Carter was on my list in the dead pool baselle is administrating. RIP Mr. Carter - Montreal was lucky to have you.

2 Responses to “jolted into conscious spending/saving”

  1. mjrube94 Says:

    You've been on FIRE with that pool! You're blowing away the field already...

    I was a big Mets fan growing up and always liked Gary Carter. So sad that he died so young, and so quick...

  2. PauletteGoddard Says:

    @mjrube94 just happy timing so far. Last year the pool my friend and I did was sad: Jack LaLanne in January, and then Harry Morgan and Chris Hitchens in December. Eleven-month drought, and my friend didn't have any "kills"! She's beating me this time three-to-one for the year-to-date, but I think it's all down to calendar-year timing. I don't know about you, but when I saw Baselle's spreadsheet with other people's picks I thought "D'oh!" -- the grass is always greener in someone else's cemetery.

    My friend met Gary Carter (she is a Mets fan too!) and posted a pic of them together in her eulogic blog.

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