It’s probably shopping for groceries that’s the worst part of living in a tiny little place. I’m not blaming the grocery stores and I’m happy to have what we have. There’s no way stores in towns this size could stock the things every individual wants and still survive. I was so happy when I saw that our grocery store had Slap Ya Mama seasonings and I think I’m the only one who buys it so I doubt it will be around for long.
This morning after breakfast I made my menu for the week, and then the dreaded grocery list. I said to Vince . . “I’m going to the grocery store. I’ll be back in half an hour.” Normally I would have done all this on Friday but it had snowed and since . . well . . you know . . he takes my car when it snows so I’m home with nothing to drive.
I had maybe 20 things on my list. I’d be in and out in a heartbeat. Vince said “Wait, I’ll go with you!” But first, he had to take a shower! This is what retirement is going to be like . . he’ll go everywhere with me! I like going places and doing things with him but grocery shopping is one of those things I do best by myself. He puts so much junk in the cart and I’m trying to convince him we don’t need what he’s getting and then I lose focus of what I’m there to get.
So, I waited while he showered and we went to grocery store #1, which was the only store I intended to go to. Everything I put in the cart . . lettuce, carrots, red onion, mint . . he said “Wouldn’t that be cheaper at Wal-Mart?” Every time he asked, I said “probably” and kept shopping. It takes more than low prices to get me to Wal-Mart on a Saturday! Before we were off the first row, I was getting frustrated. Then I had a great idea . . I’d send Vince to the meat department and I’d finish up the rest of the shopping. He loves to pick through the meat, look at it from every angle, and make sure he’s getting the absolute best piece there. I grab the first one that looks decent and in the cart it goes.
First for him to get was a brisket. The store had three briskets and I could tell he was struggling. I rolled the cart over to the meat counter and he said “Do any of these look ok?” I said . . yes, they all look ok. But, they were $4.19/pound. He had a real problem with that. I was wondering why I’d ever let him talk me into waiting so he could go with me. He said “Don’t you think they’d cost less at Wal-Mart?” I said . . probably! He insisted we go to Wal-Mart so we stood in the grocery store and decided what to put back, what to pay for . . ughhhh! Retirement is scaring me!
We got a few items at the grocery store and went to Wal-Mart. Vince went to the meat section while I picked up some fresh veggies. When I got to the meat section, he was still scrutinizing the briskets. They were $1.98/pound there. There were four of them. He picked one but then noticed the “Use By” date was yesterday . . on all four of them. He went and got the meat man, who took away the outdated briskets and told us the bad news that they had no more briskets.
We finished shopping at Wal-Mart, except they were still out of coconut milk and then we decided to stop at grocery store #2. They had coconut milk and I picked up one but it was .89 more than it would have been at Wal-Mart . . except Wal-Mart didn’t have any so Vince insisted I not pay .89 more for something I could get for less at Wal-Mart . . except I couldn’t get it at Wal-Mart! Then he went back to check out their briskets. They had one and it was supposed to have been used by yesterday too.
Who wanted a brisket anyway?
I did get a bargain though.
At the front of Wal-Mart they had 3 sets of markdown shelves. Thank goodness I didn’t see any bread on there. They had gum and all kinds of candy and some spices and they had a big display box of Kool-Aid 5 packs. It was normally .78 but was marked down to .30 for the five pack. I grabbed a handful but because it was up over my head, I couldn’t really see what I was getting. When I got it down, I realized that it was mostly Orange Kool-Aid but some of it was Black Cherry. Then I realized the display box was for Orange Kool-Aid so I kinda figured that someone had put the Black Cherry in there when they saw that the Orange was on sale and they no longer wanted the Black Cherry. Orange is our least favorite flavor but I figured for that price, we’d learn to like Orange. When we checked out, I had 7 packs of Black Cherry and 4 packs of Orange. I asked the lady to check the price and she said “The Black Cherry is .30/5 packs but the Orange is .78/5 packs.” Go figure! I told her I didn’t want the Orange but would keep the Black Cherry. That’s .06/packet of Kool-Aid! What a deal. I guess it was worth the trip to Wal-Mart on a Saturday but I sure wish I’d been able to get a brisket!