What's for Dinner
Last night I put some soup beans (Great Northern) on to soak overnight. This morning I put them in the electric pressure cooker with an onion, and some rainbow carrots. I also cut up the last of a ham that I had in the refrigerator along with the last little bit of vegetable broth I had lingering in the fridge. I added some turnip greens and made some cornbread as well.
Frugal Living Forum
Have you ever read the Frugal Living section on your local Craigslist website? It reminds me of the old misc.consumers.frugal-living forum where every other post was a troll. Not a lot of gems to be found there. But one I found had to do with free courses at openculture.com, which has 800 MOOCs & Certificate Courses, all free. There are courses on finance, teaching, computers, etc., and even one on Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The last couple of months I had noticed when I went to pay for our prescriptions, they were costing more than usual. Last night I finally sat down to figure out what was going on with them. Turns out I was charged $10 in February, March, and they were going to charge me in April for an rx for my daughter that should have been a $0 copay. I went Monday afternoon to pick up our prescriptions for this month and picked up a $20 refund they owed me. It definitely pays to stay on top of these things and make sure you are not being overcharged.
In other pharmacy news, our local Fresh & Low just put in a pharmacy in the local grocery store. They are offering an incentive to customers who fill or transfer a prescription. The incentive is a $20 gift card to Fresh & Low. I have an rx for Vitamin D and the pharmacy I normally use charges $7 for one pill. I decided to transfer the rx for that to the new Fresh & Low pharmacy. Turned out to be a real savings for me. I was able to pick up 3 pills for $6.00 and I earned a $20 gift card for groceries. Neat!
I also had a coupon for a free package of bacon when you spend $20, so I was able to use that as well for some free bacon. I see BLTs on our menu sometime soon. I also picked up cheese, beans, corn, tamales, vegetables, potatoes, sour cream, bologna, and olives.
My grocery total came to just over $32, but after using the $20 card and a coupon, I only had to pay a little over $9. Here are just some of the groceries I picked up today:
I read an article on another blog recently where the author said if you were trying to save money you should not buy lunch meat. I'm sorry, but some saving money tips like that do not take into consideration sales and or coupons. I recently bought name brand bologna in one pound packages for $1.40. It might not be the healthiest dinner, but I have been known to fry bologna for dinner when times are tough and $1.40 for a pound of bologna is definitely cheaper than a pound of ground beef these days.
How was your day today?
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