We are having a warm spell here… it’s been in the mid seventies for a couple of days. How nice to be able to sit outside again! And has anyone noticed that if you kept your flowering plants alive during the summer, they look spectacular in the fall? So far I have resisted buying mums since the other pots are doing so well. I think I’ll pick up some mums and kale for the window boxes once everything else poops out. Otherwise you reach mid- November, when it seems more dismal with the leaves down, and your mums are done too.
Since I had to bring the kids to school today, I amazed myself by being at the grocery store at 8:30 am, with a list (well, I worked on that in the car first), rightly clothed, kids breakfasted, dressed and clean. I strongly feel that the stress of grocery shopping with a four and one year old, can be alleviated afterwards, by a big, fat donut at Shoprite, which by the way, is FAR better than Dunkin Donuts (and cheaper!). Seriously though, I try to avoid grocery stores as much as possible, especially with littles in tow. I go maybe once a month. The rest of the time I (or my DH) go to our big box store where you can put two kids in the seat in front of the cart, and the aisle are big and you can fly through quickly. Add a 10 minute stop at the vegetable store once a week and grocery stores can be avoided.
So what about sales, coupons etc. asks the fugal homemaker? Well, our box store has great coupons which I use to by regular stuff or anything extra (read: fattening, processed, short-cut-ish, not necessary), and otherwise I don’t do coupons. I always forget them, they expire, and they tend to be for more expensive brands anyways. I just get store brands, or what’s on sale. I will look at flyers for sales when I’m running low on meats in my freezer or other basics that the big store doesn’t have. I have three grocery stores nearby, and will make a quick run to stock up on sales. So that’s my philosophy on grocery shopping. The quicker the better… One final important note: we do have two running lists going, one for the big store, one for the grocery store. When you take the last of anything, it is a commandment in our house that you write it down on the list! DH abhors running out of things 😉
Nothing like having coffee time outside, with your peeps, and a (smooshed) donut from Shoprite. Eliza has raisins, ha ha. Yes, I did share some donut with her 🙂 BTW, jelly donuts are a delicacy introduced to me by my husband…
So, do you have great weather too? How often do you go grocery shopping? Is it just me that finds the whole thing a big hassle?