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A Grocery Haul and Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

I have been missing in action and a few of you noticed and contacted me. Thank you for caring! I have such a wonderful group of readers.

Last week, I did something to my back. It has not allowed me to be very active this week. It seems to be mending but not as fast as I would like. Just sitting or standing is painful. So I have been laying down a lot. Hubby has been doing most of the work around here: the cooking, cleaning, and organizing in the basement. He really surprised me by doing something I had been trying to get to for months. I had sorted all of my extra cleaning products into boxes by type. He went down there two days straight and got rid of a lot of empty boxes that were on the gorilla shelves and made room for all of these products. Some of these cleaners are very toxic so I will be taking them to our county hazardous pick up in March to get rid of them. I had never realized just how bad some of these things are for your health until I started researching them. He also cleaned his workshop area and threw out a lot of junk that he had been saving. I went down there with him 2 days ago for about an hour, not only to see what he had accomplished but to sit in a chair for about an hour and go through a lot of Christmas items. He brought them to me and I quickly made decisions on what to keep or toss. We had already given the majority of our ornaments to our sons. So that is another area that we have just about done. But there is a lot more bins to go through. I will be looking at them through the lens of would I keep this if I wanted to move. If not it is getting tossed or donated.

One day we had to go to the lab to get blood work done. Afterward I did a small haul at Top’s because there were things I wanted that were on a 3 day sale only and we picked up some prescriptions that had been filled at the drugstore. So here is the haul that I quickly took pictures of. Ignore the blurry pictures. All I wanted to do after all of that was lay down.

I purchased a three pack of porterhouse steaks for $7.99 a lb. that were on a 3 day sale for a total of $ 31.16. Hubby cooked one that evening and it was delicious. The other 2 were frozen for the future. I got a package of BS Chicken Breasts that were on sale for $1.99 a lb. for a total of $ 11.64. I also purchased 3 jars of peanut butter for a total of $ 5.97, 1 package of Oscar Mayer Bacon on sale for $5.99, 4 Ortega Taco seasoning packets on sale for $1.00 each for a total of $4.00, 1 head of lettuce(not pictured)for $ 1.48, 1 dozen medium eggs for $1.49, and 5 Cabot cheeses for $10.00. My total was for all was $ 71.73.

I have also done our Federal Taxes that I can’t file until they decide to update the computer with the information needed for Form 5695 which is for the energy credit that we qualify for because we bought our high efficiency central air conditioner last year. It took them until January 31st to get the updated instructions online. Now you can’t file them until February 7th because they have not updated the computer system to accept it. That date could change also.

Next week, I have 3 days of medical appointments. So I don’t know how much I can blog or if my back will let me. Time will tell. But I am going to try to do a blog post about what we spent in January for groceries, eating out and restaurants, etc. I also will do a post about what my plans are for groceries in February. The above haul was done on February 1st so it will not be part of our January grocery budget.

Did you save any money last week?

8 replies on “A Grocery Haul and Why I Haven’t Been Blogging”

Hi Precious, thanks for letting us know what is going on. So sorry you are having back problems again. I hope you will feel better soon. Your grocery haul was great and Hubby is doing a great job with clearing out. We need to do that too.

Thursday I went to Kroger to do my weekly shopping. I got some of my usual milk, bread, produce stuff. Notable things on sale were: 1 lb cheese for 2.99, Thomas bagels/English muffins for BOGO. I had a $3 off coupon for meat so got some already flavored chicken skewers to have as a treat.
No good deals in clearance for this week, except a bag of peanut butter M&Ms for $1.40. It is always hit or miss, mostly miss.

We got our gas bill and it was $132.53. Haven’t gotten electric yet, but I will comment when we do.

So sorry you’re not feeing well. Please take care.
Isn’t it amazing about all those toxic chemicals that were in our cleaning products? I threw so much stuff out (hubs brought them to the dump). Have you checked out any beauty items, such as shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and make up? The #1 toxic chemical in any of that stuff are ‘parabens’. Sometimes they stick that word on the back end of another word. You have to look closely and read ALL the ingredients. Who knew? I had some time replacing almost everything in my household with more sustainable items. And of course, the cleaner the product (more organic, for example) the higher the cost. Oh well. One good thing I found out is that Cover Girl has a line of organic, toxic-free make up at affordable prices, called ‘Clean Fresh Skim Milk’. This Cover Girl foundation would be $8 vs another organic choice at $35. It’s all good!! I switched to cleaning out my tub with Bon Ami instead of Ajax or comet. Cheapest I could get Bon Ami was $5 for a can!! But it’s better to pay up now than the medical profession ten years from now…..if you know what I mean???
Feel better!!

Thanks Cindi! I will find out today what is going on hopefully. When I actually started reading the labels, I was in shock. Yup, I have seen it in those things too. Yup the clean products are more expensive but so worth it. Thanks for the Cover Girl tip. I will be replacing mine with that. I have always used Bon Ami so I am thankful for that. Thanks for letting everyone know.

Thank you for the update, so sorry about your back but yay for hubby for decluttering! Super busy week with Chris on an out of town job, dinner with MIL one night, a friend another night. Dog baths and nail clipping yesterday saving 80.00 alone on the nail trimming. Signed up for Walmart + for the 50.00 GC so we can continue Paramount Plus for 4.00/mo plus the other benefits but we don’t have delivery option here. Used the GC for cat food and litter. Random groceries picked up not a huge deal.

Hi Patti,

Thanks! I love that you take care of your own dogs. Those bills would be awful. Nice on the Walmart. My son doesn’t have delivery where he is either. I find it so handy. I get Paramount Plus free with membership. Are they now charging $ 4.00? I haven’t seen anything about that.

Sorry, If I break down the yearly cost of Walmart +49.00 after the 50.00 GC then its 4.00/mo and since I wouldn’t use most of the other benefits, in my mind I am getting Paramount + for 4.00/mo instead of the 5.99/mo which we could be paying.

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