A Little Break From Crafting…

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Well, no, not really…just a tiny break from posting on them. You see, I do still work on saving money, cooking, etc and plan on posting about it and this is just that.  

So, just this week I managed to find some bargains on produce at my local “99cents only” store.  The ones around here actually have a decent produce section and if you get there when they discount it more, even better. See, they tend to bag up a good amount of produce in a mesh bag, once it’s just past its prime and sell it for 99cents per bag, rather than 99cents/lb or 3 for 99.  I happened to get there and they had a big bag of orange bell peppers and a big bag of roma tomatoes.  Yep, just 99 cents per bag.  The bag of peppers had like 8 in it and the tomatoes like 10 or so.  I don’t know where you live, but I know that even in the cheapest of areas and stores, produce is rarely that cheap.  The only difference, the tomatoes were slightly softer than the super fresh ones and the peppers skin had a few wrinkles in them.  So, once I got them home I chopped the peppers and put them in a gallon size ziploc bag to freeze them…

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…and the tomatoes, which were just perfect by the way, were made into homemade marinara.

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 I cannot stress how much you can save by looking past bumps and bruises on produce, especially at the 99cent store.  Another tip if you have one of these stores nearby, check out the bread. They do carry a store or generic bread, but they also carry Mrs Bairds, Nature’s Own, Orowheat and Thomas.  Bread, bagels, english muffins, sandwich thins, rolls, they got it there just like a regular grocery store, but like 1/3 of the price!  No, I don’t always buy bread here as I live near a Bimbo Bakery (makes all the mentioned brands above) and they have an outlet, and they even have a frequent shopper card too.  Bakery outlets are The Best!  (And they smell like heaven!)

Another saving tip… if you have an Aldi nearby (I’ve probably said this at some point in the past) check their ads each week.  While they may not have loads of super duper sales each week, you can typically find a few produce items that are on sale at super low prices. For instance baby carrots for 69cents a bag or 3lbs of onions for 69cents.  And even if they don’t have great sales, their regular prices are pretty low anyway.  Not to mention they now have begun to carry more and more organic products, and when you can find organics cheap ya gotta go for it!  And every Aldi has clearance racks.  It’s hit or miss with what’s in them, but sometimes you can score big if you just look. I found their Live G Free(gluten free) brand Brown rice and quinoa pasta clearanced for 25 cents a bag.  Needless to say, I stocked up.

Lastly, if you are in the DFW area and are near an El Rancho supermarket, check their sales each week as they occasionally put boneless, skinless chicken breasts on sale for $1/lb. Yes, I said 1 dollar per pound.  Another “stock up” item right there!

Well that’s it for me today!  Hope that helps someone out there or at least inspires you to take a look maybe outside your comfort zone!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

* * *CRAZY MAMA* * *

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