Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday Ramblings

Yesterday we ventured out to Chattanooga on our last day of summer vacation. First stop was McKay’s used book store, where my daughter traded several books and a movie or two and received $32.18 in credit, which she then turned around and bought $31 in books, movies, and music.  So, no money exchanged hands, but she has new books to read, new music to listen too and a new movie to watch. She also has a small credit leftover to use on our next visit.

Second stop was Sam’s Club where I bought the following items:

15 pounds Baking Potatoes 7.32
Hormel Pepperoni 8.87
Nestle Quick 6.64
Black Olives 6.25
(2) 5 pounds Mozzarella Cheese 11.26
Pineapple Tidbits 3.78
Lettuce 1.97
Cole Slaw 1.98
5 pounds Clementine’s 7.98
Beef Sirloin Tip Roast 15.23
Club Crackers 3.84
2 pounds Sour Cream 3.06
Green beans 3.88
2 bags – 72 count tortillas 4.26

My regular readers may recall how I keep track of the price of the 5 pound bag of mozzarella cheese here and here. The cost has gone down from $11.98 to $11.26 since I last purchased this in January. It’s good to see that some prices are actually getting lower rather than constantly going up in price. Here is a breakdown of the cost of cheese for the last two years.

June 23, 2010 - Paid $10.37
March 23, 2011 - Paid $11.29
April 22, 2011 - Paid $12.98
January 8, 2012 - $11.98
August 8, 2012 $11.26

Once we got home we stopped to check the mail and my daughter received the following book in the mail from Amazon:   The Land of Stories – The Wishing Well by Chris Colfer. She earned the money with her Swagbucks account. Anyone over the age of 13 can have a Swagbucks account and everyone in your household can have one account. I’m happy that she earned the money for this all on her own.

Today was her first day of high school. I dropped her off and although she was a little nervous I'm sure she will be just fine. I'm grilling hamburgers for dinner tonight, which is one of her favorite dinners, so that should make her happy.

What's going on in your home today?

© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2012.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”


  1. Hi belinda,
    what an exciting day fro both you and your daughter, first day of high school. I do the same thing, try to make a favorite dinner on the frist day back to school.

    Thanks for more info on Swagbucks. I really need to follow up on that.

    Beef is on my shopping list today. It's a fair price, but I suspect prices will only go up this fall.

  2. So true on the beef prices later in the fall. Supposed to be a little lower as cattle ranchers sell off their cattle, but then the price hike after that. I ran to Bi-Lo for some sale items today, will have to post about them later. :)

    P.S. Swagbucks is a pretty sweet deal. :)


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