As many of you know, I walk 40 to 50 miles a week for the exercise and usually bring my Labrador retriever along if it’s not too hot. (Black labs start to heat up once it’s sunny and 70 degrees.) So I did about 6 miles after lunch and stopped by Safeway on the way home to see if there was anything interesting on sale. To limit my donut consumption, I only buy them when they’re on sale.
So Safeway had a $15 tray of 24 cupcakes, marked down to $4.99 since today was the last day of sale on the label. When I got to the register, my account has a “$2 off any baked goods purchase” that came up, bringing the price down to $2.99. Then on the mile long walk to my house from the store I found a crisp $1 bill blowing across the sidewalk, bringing my purchase price down to $1.99. Lot’s of benefits to walking.
When I worked in an Office Depot store in Kalamazoo, I could walk to work from my apartment…I could walk to work faster than I could drive to work.
There was a Subway sandwich shop on the corner between apartment and store. One evening, as I left the store and started across the parking lot, I thought “something fresh from Subway would sure taste better than another frozen dinner”. A moment after I thought that, I spied a $5 bill laying on the ground. grab…“this will cover it” I thought.
The bargain of this week: a couple weeks ago, my 30 year old CD player started acting up. Picked up a Sony CD changer at the Salvation Army store today, for $8. Works perfectly. A universal remote I have works most of the functions. The scratch on the top of the player’s case bothers me not one bit.
I was exploring a new neighborhood and stumbled upon a charming bakery. The aroma of freshly baked bread filled the air, enticing me to step inside. As I perused the delectable pastries on display, I remembered I had a “buy one pastry, get one free” coupon tucked away in my wallet. With a smile, I selected two mouthwatering treats and headed to the counter. To my surprise, the friendly cashier informed me that the bakery was running a special promotion, offering a 50% discount on all pastries. My excitement grew as the price of my purchase decreased further. With the coupon and discount applied, my total came to a mere $2. As I left the bakery, I couldn’t help but revel in the delightful combination of savings and the heavenly aroma emanating from the bag in my hand.
For $2, I grabbed a remote at the Salvation Army store, that works the DVD player I got there for $4.
I was watching this youtube video of a tour of a nuclear submarine yesterday. At about 8-1/2 minutes into the video, the sub commander is explaining how they replaced the $5,000 Electric Boat-designed joystick that controls the periscope with a $60 X-box video game controller with outstanding results.
Last week one of my supermarkets had a sale on mushrooms the reason being the Sale by Date on the package. They looked nice and they went well with my ginger and garlic beef stew. Pork would have been better.
Marinate the beef overnight in
- Grated ginger
- Minced garlic
- Soy sauce
- Apple cider vinegar
- Olive oil
Caramelize diced onions (olive or coconut oil), add the beef marinade and all. Once the liquids have evaporated add water and slow cook until beef is half tender. Add the mushrooms, cut in quarters, add a bit of water and slow cook until beef is tender. Finish off with chopped cilantro and parsley and salt and pepper to taste.
Don’t forget to add water as needed not to burn a lovely stew.