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.
On Mondays I chauffeur my sister in law to her doctor appointment and to the Kroger store in their car. Last week I picked up some discount produce items. Apples, oranges, raisin bread, and green bell peppers. The raisin bread was made into french toast and put into the freezer.
Oranges were selling for 99 cents each and I got 12 of them for $2 so that was a good bargain. I’ll be using the oranges to increase my vitamin C intake. This time of year is sniffles weather with the up and down temperatures and dark rainy or snowy days.
Apples were also selling for 99 cents each. I got 16 of them for $2 which was also a good bargain. I believe I’ll make some applesauce with those. For the last five or six months the green bell peppers have been small and selling for $1.29 each but these really large ones were on sale at 79 cents each. I’ve been out of them for awhile so I got enough to last a few weeks. I cut them into the cooking size I prefer and put them into the freezer.
I had thought I would buy a couple of potatoes instead of a whole bag. Geeze, not at a 69 cents a pound price when a ten pound bag is on sale for $2. I bought one bag and gave my sister in law half. I had also thought I’d buy some ground beef to make a pot of chili during the up coming snow days. But; not at that price. $7 a pound is a little too rich for me. I’ll use some of my canned ground beef instead.
On Friday I went to the monthly outdoor food bank. Thats the one a far distance from my house. I rode with my sister to help her carry the food. She’s uses a wheel chair.
We were given green bananas, two gallons of milk, two bags of sweet potatoes, a bunch of onions that are going bad, two bags of white bean tortilla chips, and a cookies & cream desert of some type. Actually its chocolate cake crumbled between layers of icing. She gave me her two bags of sweet potatoes. The chips go to the grands along with the milk and most of the bananas.
We both received three 10 pound bags of potatoes and four 10 pound packages of frozen chicken. I gave my potatoes and chicken to my sister. No way could I eat 30 pounds of potatoes and 40 pounds of chicken by myself and I have enough already. She’s going to share with her daughter and neighbors. I wonder why they gave away such large quantities this time?