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I thought I would make a post on our grocery shopping trip yesterday before I forget the details. Sorry if this is too long.
Yesterday we took a drive to what I like to call the Amish store to get some deals and to get out of the house together (yes we were alone-yeah). We try to go to two stores, one is a Old Order Amish Scratch and Dent (no central heat, no electricity, and outdoor bathrooms) and the other is a very modern Mennonite Store. It takes about an hour or a little more than an hour to get there. According to our maps it's about $6.00 in gas to get there and back.
I wanted to let you know that the first thing we noticed on the road were trucks! I heard them a lot yesterday morning on the expressway not far from us but it really didn't hit me till we got going on the road. Back in early March I remember saying to my husband, "all the trucks are gone." Of course then it became I don't hear the trains and where are the airplanes. It's all come back but the airplanes are few and far between. It's funny but when I see a airplane now I say, "look everyone, there's a plane!"
Amish Scratch and Dent
We decided to go to the Amish scratch and dent store first. They only carry canned and packaged dry goods then we went on to the Mennonite store that has fresh meat and frozen food. Although it felt like the temperature never went past 70 degrees we didn't want anything to thaw out. We also had one of those cooler bags in the trunk to help us keep things cold.
One of the things I missed when we were in the first stage of the lockdown was just wanting to have candy bar ready for the grand kids and us. Oh, we had them here and there (probably really enough) but now I'm stocked up. During these times listen we don't know what will happen so I still stock up when I can. It's not looking very good for a lot of us in the U.S.
These candy bars were near or a little past date. Some of these were 3 for $1.00 and some were 2 for $1.00. The cheapest candy bar that I can find at a regular store is $1.00 a piece. I hid them in the bottom drawer of the dresser in the guest room and covered them up with a beach towel (now you know). These are great for rewards for doing schoolwork, cleaning, being good, or making them smile.
We also bought groceries like spaghettio's for 50 cents a can, pinto beans for .50 a can, a big bag of dried kidney beans, big boxes of cereal for $1.33 a box, and 4 small bags of White Lilly (1 lb packages) self rising flour for $1.00 a piece. I haven't been able to find White Lilly here at all, so even though I feel this wasn't the best price I grabbed it up! Now I'm not saying White Flour is not here but I haven't seen it in the stores I've been to. You see I try not to go out and hunt for stuff, we just decided to make do. Let me say King Arthur flour will do but if I can find White Lilly I grab it (if it's a reasonable price).
You have to really look at the dates at this store and determine if you think it's ok in your mind about the expiration dates. If they are too far out I won't buy them, no matter how cheap they are. Most of what I buy is at or very near date.
There is no electricity in their building so your pay by cash or check. They also use a old fashioned cash register so it all just rings up grocery. We spent $40. Really, if we don't find anything here (which has never happened), we love just looking.
Next up the Mennonite store: The meats
Back in the modern world at the Mennonite store we stocked up on Jimmy Dean sausage. The links were 2 packages for $4.00 and the roll was $1.79.
I made sure to buy English Muffins so I could make Sausage Cheese Muffins to go in the freezer. We had one sandwich a piece when we got back for dinner with the beans I had cooking in the crock pot.
I figure the cost of each sandwich might be at the most .40 a piece (I'm not exactly sure how to figure out the price of single slices of the bulk cheese I bought a couple of weeks ago). These are nothing like Mcdonald's sausage and cheese Mcmuffins, they are hearty slices of meat and cheese.
We bought 3 packages of frozen Cod. You know, we have changed how we eat quite a bit. Oh we still have a few pork chops in the freezer but we haven't bought anymore and I think we've seen the last of the steak on the grill for awhile. The availability and price of both are out of reach.
So, now we have fish at least once or twice a week depending on if I can find a good price. This also includes tuna sandwiches... which by the way just might happen today. With a side salad made with lettuce from the garden, I'll call it a great meal. It's simple, easy, and good.
We also bought two, 3 lb packages of polish kielbasa for $6.99 each.
The price for everything including vegetables was $104.00. I just looked at the receipt again and realized I had it wrong earlier.
Because we spent a lot for us, I would like to say we won't go back to our grocery store next week but we will have to get essentials like milk and bread. We did buy a gallon of milk here to tide us over but it wasn't the best price.
What is happening in your neck of the woods today?