I may like to save money BUT I don’t like to shop cheap. That’s a stickler with me. Anybody can buy and eat crap food. The internet is loaded with people like that. They don’t realize that food is a drug. Food is power. You eat well, you’ll live well. And healthy. When I get to shop smart and prepare the finer things in life, for less money, that’s my winning ticket and what I excel in. I always said I didn’t want to be rich; I just want to live like one.
My same theory applies to my home, my car, my clothes, my time and my resources. You don’t have to live in a mansion to keep your home clean, neat and orderly. Make your bed in the morning. Tidy up. Your home will look better and you’ll feel better. About yourself. Ditto for your car (respect it!) your clothes (never buy cheap) your time (never waste it) your resources (don’t squander them).
This is my kitchen table. It overlooks my green, heavily treed backyard and deck. The room is flooded with light. I had it professionally painted a calm, sunny, yellow using top quality paint over 17 years ago and it has held up very well. The table and chairs were handed down to me by my MIL (after I paid her $100 cash). It needed a bit of work, which I did: sanding, painting with a varathane stain. The chandelier I got for only $10 when a local restaurant in town went out of business. Hubby added in a dimmer and it makes for great dinnertime lighting. The plants along the side I got for free from an amateur horticulturist who works at our local post office. The center painting I got on a fantastic sale at Home Goods. All the other odds and ends come from yard sales or Goodwill. The circular wool rug I purchased at Odd Lot and the chair cushions I bought at WalMart for only $6 each. The main thing is that the room is tidy, clean and put together, with a nice view. It makes a pleasant area to sit down in, have a cup of coffee, maybe a lunchtime sandwich or relax simply to enjoy a home cooked meal. When friends or family come over, I have a leaf inserted to expand the table and two other same chairs stored in another room. No clutter. No mail. No trash.
I do most of my food shopping in two grocery stores. The first one is the discount Aldi. They’re great for getting top quality but low cost basics such as eggs, cheese, bread, milk, cereals etc. as well as organic and gluten free items. My other food shopping outlet is an expensive gourmet grocery store, Adams Fairacre Farms (click here). I can’t do all my food shopping at Adams BUT if I shop it right, I can get great deals on top quality meats, poultry, seafood and local produce. Every Wednesday is Aldi’s start of the sale week and when they get their new deliveries. I shop at Aldi every Wednesday.
Every Friday is Adams start of their sale week, so on Thursday they discount much of their food products to make way for the newer sales. The sale items are located in several special sections throughout the store. I shop Adams every Thursday. Last week I got a good deal on cauliflower (.99 cents) and cut up, locally farm-raised chicken (@$1.49 a pound). This week I scored four packs of discounted broccoli (three heads), green and yellow peppers (nine), corn (five ears) and honey crisp apples (four). I got each pack for only .99 cents apiece!
I passed by the meat department and cheese area and got two deals. One on Italian sausages, 35% off for a savings of $4.30 (they will go great with sauteed peppers and onions) and the other on an Italian burrata, $4.99 vs $6.99 for a $2.00 savings.
If you don’t know what a burrata is, click here and look at this photo below. It’s an Italian delicacy (“I just did a DNA test and I’m 100% Italian, quella cagna” as per Lizzo )
Next, I bought some clothes this week. One of my retired girlfriends took on an extra job working for a woman’s fashion designer apparel, Chico’s (click here). She wound up placed in charge of their seasonal fashion shows. All the designer clothes the models wear are heavily discounted at the end of the show. After this week’s runway show at Chico’s, she called me up, we FaceTimed (video chatted) and she helped me select a few final sale items. I selected two pieces and she mailed them to me. I bought one black & gray striped, tunic-styled top with a generous cowl neckline for myself. The other top, a blue cardigan-styled sweater, I bought as a birthday present for my sister (she loooooves Chico’s)
Last frugal find for this week were those sunflowers on my kitchen table. I always love a fresh bouquet of flowers but realistically it’s not always fiscally possible to buy them. This time, I really wanted sunflowers in my kitchen. They just bring smiles to people’s faces. I was scheduled to get my semi-annual manicure ($9 plus tip) this week but I traded the manicure in for the sunflowers ($8 no tip required). I think I’ll get more pleasure out of the sunflowers plus they’ll last a lot longer than the manicure.