HappyDaze wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:43 am
I went grocery shopping yesterday and the store was a MADHOUSE!!! I got things for tonight and tomorrow - you know, special snack and meal items for Christmas - cheese and crackers, chips and dip, ingredients to make more "Christmas crack". I got chicken and made crockpot ranch chicken for my daughter and her guest for dinner last night. Served with sides of mashed potatoes (rescued produce) and green beans with mushrooms (on sale .99 a lb) and cherry tomatoes.
Prices continue to amaze me, not in a good way. I don't understand how people can afford to feed a family. I scoured that busy, overcrowded store for "yellow sticker" items I can use. Picked up 4 boxes of store brand whole grain spaghetti for .88 cents each - regular price is $1.79. Got mustard greens (.99/lb) and am going to make a spaghetti dish using those and olive oil and parm. cheese and some other cheese.
Also got 6 large yellow and red peppers in the rescued produce department. I wanted some really good fancy rolls to serve the crockpot ranch chicken on - but almost $5 for 4 rolls - no way - so I got plain hamburger buns and toasted them in the oven.
There are two large chicken breasts left and I froze them. My daughter will use them or we will give them to my parents - maybe in a prepared meal so they won't have to cook. After I shredded the cooked chicken for the dinner, I boiled the leftovers and saved the broth to go on food for the outdoor cats. I removed the skins from all the chicken and boiled those, cut it up really fine and added to the broth - almost none of the 2 breasts used went to waste.
It is nice I don't have to buy breakfast items. Between my daughter's stash of oats and free cereal from volunteering at the food distributions, I am set for the whole winter.
I did buy 4 packages of tofu. The regular price has gone up to $3.49 for a 16 oz. package but they had it reduces to $1.49. Each package will be used in 2 meals for me and/or me and my daughter.
After store card discounts and coupons, I spent $78 and change. I am hoping to not go back to any grocery store before the second week of January - and hope to go longer than that if at all possible. We have canned fruit, canned vegetables, canned tomatoes, my daughter has put butter and cheese in the freezer that I can also use (I provide all the coffee, tea, sugar, toilet paper, laundry soap - basic type stuff). It has been very helpful to me that she has her stash of pasta, etc. and we share some meals each week.