Friday, March 27, 2015

Just do it ...

  I lost a longtime friend this week.  

  Her passing was sudden and unexpected ... and I think we're all still reeling.

  We had periods over the years where we didn't see each other as much ... life got in the way, it seems.  But I am immensely grateful that we had a couple of chances to catch up just before the holidays.

  So ... if you have a friend or a family member that you keep meaning to call, or visit  ... don't put it off any longer.

 We like to think we have all the time in the world, but in reality, we do not.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Shrinking groceries, part II

As promised, here's the episode of the CBC's 'Marketplace' that talks about shrinking groceries. I liked the 'retro' look at how products have been shrinking.

Friday, March 20, 2015

How groceries shrink

Here's a report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on something we've all commented on -- how and why we're getting less for our money ...

Hope the show this refers to (CBC Marketplace) comes online ... I'd like to see it.  If it does, I'll post the link.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Where's the money going? To restaurants, it seems

  A recent article mentions a first:  In January, Americans spent just a bit more at restaurants and bars than in grocery stores, according to the Census Bureau.
  Why?  A lot of reasons, according to some of the experts quoted:  A younger generation that's more likely to eat out than cook. People working longer hours. Our changing view of restaurants. 

Some musings ...

    Personally, I would have liked to see a breakdown by age and income. Are more baby boomers eating out, too?  (I know a couple of women who 'retired' from cooking after the kids left home.)  
    I also wonder if more money is spent at higher-end restaurants, which could skew the totals. (Especially since I keep seeing stories about how mid-price restaurants are struggling.)

   Anyway, I'm sure it's enough to give grocery executives heartburn ...

If you're interested, here's the story:

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Weathy vs. rich?

 Came across this interview and article about a new book by New York Times columnist Paul Sullivan.  (Note:  Haven't read the book, not promoting it.)
  He makes one point that those of us who embrace the frugal lifestyle already know:  The small things count.

Here's the article:

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Time to change the clocks

Just a reminder .. it's time to lose an hour of sleep!

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead an hour before you go to bed.   Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Well, look at it this way ... it's a sign of spring, LOL!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Salvage store!

  Made a great discovery ... there's a salvage/bent&dent type store in my city!.
  Yeah, I really should get a hobby.  But this is good news because the nearest salvage store
 is about a two hour drive away.
    So, off we went.

    It's a medium-size store ... apparently it is owned by the folks who also own a local restaurant, which explains the industrial-size prepared foods in the freezers.  They offered a number of gluten-free and organic items, too. I bought some vegan cheese ... which is interesting ...
        As for the rest ... many of the items came from the supermarket chain that has several locations in town. Unfortunately, I saw many of the same items that I'd purchased recently ... on sale ... at the store.

      The best deals ended up being snack-type items.  We bought several bags of chips ... most will go into DH's work lunches, along with a few other snacks, plus a large box of dryer sheets.   (I noticed the same thing in my last round of shopping ... snacks, prepared cereals and the like  were going at rock-bottom prices, while the "real food" prices were pretty close to retail.)

     But, like any salvage store, the bargains change frequently.  So it's definitely worth an occasional visit.