Groceries too expensive to eat?

Filed Under (Personal) by Jason L. on 11-04-2008

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Example of an American grocery store aisle.Image via WikipediaYesterday was the first time that my wife and I have really gone shopping in over two months. I checked my MS Money file and we haven’t spent over $20 since February! So we get ready to go to the store, but first I want to check out this website They have all the top deals at local grocery stores for nearly every state the United States. If you haven’t been there before, check it out. We check the ads for Albertsons, Smiths, and Maceys grocery stores. I print out several sheets of coupons and arm myself with the ‘on sale’ list from each store. Those that know me know that I rarely pay regular price for anything. If we go in and grape juice sounds good, but it is not on sale, we don’t buy it.

The first product worth mentioning is yogurt. Is there a shortage of cows? Some organization isn’t releasing enough ‘moo juice’ through the pipeline? I don’t think so. Apparently the increase of the cost of fuel makes a 6 oz. Yoplait Yogurt 80 cents! All I can say is if you are really thinking of selling these for 80 cents, I would condense the shelf space. No one is going to spend this on your product in a recession economy. I have to save my dollars to buy gasoline and heat my home.

Next is milk, $2.99 a gallon at the cheapest; gas stations are selling it for less, c’mon!

We walked away spending just less than $80 on several bags of groceries. We got a ton of cereal, granola bars, snacks to bring to school and other staples we were out of like milk and bread. I know that nearly everyone out there spends more on food, just remember we are never home. This is like the food that you would buy for a vacation house. Vanessa would be happy to know that we believe there is about a months worth of food in our house now.

Build a deck? or Build up your food storage?

Filed Under (Personal) by Jason L. on 19-03-2008

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Yesterday was a busy day for Mandy and I. Tuesdays our our free day with school getting done early and no work in the afternoon. We went to school at UVSC, then went shopping, got an oil change, ran some errands, etc. In the afternoon I was chatting with nessa ( and she was talking about how the stock market almost crashed on Monday if the feds hadn’t done something to avoid a back going bankrupt. I know that everything is so volatile that we could have big trouble on the stock market, but in my opinion what is going to really make it bad is when people hear something on the news and run out and buy all the food and supplies they can. We should all slowly build up a supply, not for the end of the world or the economy crashing, but because we could become disabled, lose our job, lose our car, or a loved one.

Later that day we went over to my cousin Trevor’s house. Trevor is like a brother to me, we hang out all the time. Mandy, Trevor and I worked on building his deck. His house is about 25 years old and the deck out his kitchen was pretty old and rickety. He ripped it out himself and was trying to rebuild the supporting beams and decking. As Mandy works at home depot, she loves using tools and was the first to run to the impact driver to try it out.

Later we met up with his wife Michelle and went to Mandy’s favorite restaurant, Los Hermanos. The waiter brought me a pitcher of Mountain Dew after I chugged 2 glasses in the first few minutes. Oh my gosh I honestly thought I was going to die! No, not from happiness, but from drinking about a third of the pitcher. You know I swear I used to drink way more in a sitting, but tonight it just wasn’t happening. I will spare you the details, but just say that I spent the next 6 hours in the bathroom. Mandy took a picture with her phone, someday I will figure out how to add them to my post.