Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I had several errands to run so my brother let me use his car for the day. I use it when I’ve got several errands in wide apart places and want to get them all done in one day. I try not to ask very often since my SIL has me taking her places three times a week already.
I did a bank run for cash then went to the pharmacy to pick up my prescription. Next I went to tax office to pay the city property tax bill. Picked up Spanky and took him to speech therapy. On the way home we stopped at the Dollar store to get juice as his reward for being good. Left his house then headed to the library to return recorded books and pick up more. Swung by the grocery to spend this week’s food budget, I bought two packages of pork chops on sale $1.39 per pound. Total spent was $10.84
That was a little over budget but there was $2.42 left from last week’s $10 purchase of discount bin ghee. That’s a lot less cost than I could make it myself.
When I left the grocery I went home to rinse and put the pork into the freezer to flash freeze. I decided to put some into the crockpot and I’ll freeze it too for quick meals. I had lunch of leftover spaghetti and watched the news.
After lunch I headed across town to the farmer’s market which doesn’t start until afternoon. I get senior government commodities. Each summer we are given $24 in coupons to spend at approved Kentucky Local farmer markets so we can have fresh produce. The market where I went doubles two $4 coupons each market day. So instead of getting only $8 worth of produce I can get $16 worth.
I was disappointed. In the photo is $16 worth of food. I believe the prices were way too high and probably because they know people are spending senior food coupons. One bunch of greens was given to me free because I bought one bunch. That means for my $16 I got one loaf of home baked (?) bread, two small tomatoes, one small bag of little orange tomatoes, a jar of mango chutney, two bunches of greens, and a zucchini. I really doubt the bread is home baked. I bake my own bread and that loaf tasted nothing like homemade. Maybe she works at a bakery. I can’t really complain about how little food there was because after all it was free. I stopped to put gas back in the car before returning it to my brother.
When I posted yesterday I forgot to mention I had 17 eggs that were four weeks past their use by date. They were on the stove cooking when I took the pictures and wrote the post. I tested the eggs by putting in water. All of them sank but one which got tossed. I didn’t think of it at the time but I could have made a couple of omelets for the freezer and maybe custard pudding or pound cake. Oh well. I’ll make devil eggs and egg salad instead. Hmm maybe egg gravy and biscuits with sliced tomato.