Mr. Bargain Shopper

In Vince’s defense, part of these purchases were my fault. I’m not taking full responsibility and I think you’ll agree with me on that (you’d better!)  🙂

Sunday evening, after 10 hours on the road, I arrived home a little before 6 p.m. Vince said we’d run somewhere and grab a bit to eat. Where do you want to go? I truly didn’t care. I didn’t even care if we didn’t eat. The United supermarket has a deli that serves plate lunch type meals so he asked if I wanted to go there and that was good because I needed to pick up a few things for the week.

As we were making our way to the checkout, we had to pass the mark down section and I spotted tahini paste.

Tahini Paste

Tahini Paste

That particular brand is over $7, so for 99¢, it was coming home with us. They had peanut butter and sunflower seed butter in this same brand so, for 99¢ each, they all came home with us too.

Jams and Jellies

Jams and Jellies

Even though I make most of our jams and jellies from the fruit we grow, I cannot grow sour cherries here (but they grow in MO!), nor can I grow raspberries here so I was happy to get these, again . . all for 99¢ each. They sell for right at $8 each on the Stonewall Kitchen website.

Not only do we use jam on toast and biscuits, but I put it in my yogurt sometime as a fruit and sweetener.

Ingredients

Ingredients

The ingredient list is about the same thing I use in my homemade jelly, except for malic acid. I read about it and it doesn’t sound too harmful so, lots of jam and jelly came home with us. I also picked up 2 jars of some kind of pear preserves since my pears don’t seem to want to produce anything.

Really Raw Honey

Really Raw Honey

Probably the best deal was this Really Raw Honey in 1 pound jars. That stuff sells for over $10/pound and yes, we paid 99¢ per one pound jar.

Raw Honey

Raw Honey

Vince uses raw honey in his coffee and tea and we go through a lot of it. I’ll sometimes mix it with peanut butter and spread it on a banana. One jar is just about the right amount for me for one banana.  🙂  Not really but I do love raw honey. This particular brand, Breitsamer, we’ve only been able to find at T. J. Maxx so when I was at T. J. Maxx in Joplin, I picked up three jars for Vince but look what I paid for each jar!

Honey

Honey

I’m not complaining because $5.99 is a good price but 99¢ is even better!

Bargains

Bargains

We ended up getting 23 items that would have been a bit over $150 but we paid $22.77.  Had I been shopping alone, I would have picked up the tahini paste, a couple of jars of cherry jam and walked away. Not Vince . . he went through every item and found mint jelly, horseradish sauce, and chile sauce in addition to the other items. Every bit of it is stuff we will use and I never mind buying the things I know we’ll use.

Good job, Mr. Bargain Shopper.

Keep your eyes open for those bargain bins!

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The Sun and the Moon

Last night I went out to secure the chicken coop for the night and the sunset was breathtaking, which happens pretty often around here.

Sunset

Sunset

In just a matter of a minute or two, as I was walking out to get a better picture, the colors became so brilliant and beautiful.

Sunset

Sunset

I stood there gazing at the beauty and almost got stranded out in the dark before I had my chores done!

Before it got dark, I turned to see the moon.

The Moon

The Moon

Briefly, I felt kinda bad for the moon. I know the moon serves its own purpose but we ooh and ahh over the sunrises and sunsets and we rarely get all excited about the moon. Poor old guy!

 

Ten Hours

Those who know me well know that sitting still is not something I do well. Even sitting in the car and driving . . it’s hard for me to sit and drive . . I want to stop at every place I see. I just want to get out of the car. I want to pull over at a rest stop and knit but, I also want to get home so I keep driving.

And then I notice something interesting.

1:23

1:23

After a little over five hours in the car, I noticed that it was 1:23 and wondered if I could catch 2:34.

2:34

2:34

Yep, what else is there to do besides watch the road and the clock.

3:45

3:45

And, I caught 3:45!

4:56

4:56

And by 4:56 I was almost home!

Mileage

Mileage

I even caught an interesting odometer reading. Nothing really worth talking about but 56,666. My 9-1/2 year old car has 56,666 miles on it. I wondered how long it will be before it has 60,000 miles. It all depends on how many trips to MO I make, but I’m betting it doesn’t happen before 2017.

When Vince and I were dating, he asked me if I was high maintenance and I told him no . . I only require three things:

  1. Indoor plumbing
  2. Good air conditioning
  3. Dependable vehicle

He’s about to get on thin ice with #2 and with the Highlander going on 10 years old, it’s about time to start thinking about a newer vehicle if I’m going to be making 10 hour trips by myself. I hate that our cars get old in years before they get many miles. There’s a whole lot of miles left in that Highlander but at some point, I’m not comfortable striking off on those 10 hour trips in a car that age. There’s another option . . move closer! We’ll see which he prefers . . move or new car! I’m betting his answer is neither!