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. 


Monday, February 23, 2015

A bit of stretching

I've noticed that both chicken and pork prices are edging downward here. (As for beef, meh ...)  But that doesn't mean we stop stretching.  
 So a large chicken breast (cut in half and baked ahead of time) becomes the basis for a nice big pot of chicken and rice. 
Made enough for two meals, plus some work lunches.  (And the spice was very warming on a cold, cold day.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

More fun with K-cups

     Was digging through the pantry the other night, and came across another K-cup -- this one with tea. 

     So I dumped it into a coffee filter (which I stapled shut) and popped it into a teapot of hot water to steep.

     Turned out quite well.  I had a couple of cuppas ... and had enough left over for a couple of glasses of iced tea with lunch.   Not a bad stretch for a single-use produce.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Using it up

    We'd just about gone through our last can of coffee from the stash, and I'd put it on the grocery list. Then I remembered:  I had another stash of coffee.

    This stash was several packages of K-cups that I'd bought back when I took coffee to work to use in the office machine.   Well, I don't have an office, and DH's office uses another type of coffee pod.  And I'm not planning on buying a machine anytime soon ... 

     So I've been dismantling K-cups for use in our drip coffeemaker.  To be honest, it bothers me to see the "cups" go to waste (though it bothered me at work, too).  But it's silly to buy coffee when I have a supply just sitting around. 

    I'm sure, should I ever need to buy them again, that I can find plenty of reasonably priced K-cups somewhere ... meanwhile, I'm enjoying my morning coffee.