Kroger is having a Free Friday deal on Pure Leaf tea! Since I have 2 rewards cards, I will be using both coupons to get 2 free bottles of this today!
After that, I got a rebate for 25 cent earned for a 40 cent pack of Yogurt, plus a coupon for 75 cents off two cans of Dole fruit, PLUS another 75 cent rebate. Depending on the price of the fruit I may or may not get it, as I only have 3 dollars to last me until Thursday.
I might instead simply buy a sack of Russet Potatoes, or a bag of lentils. My food supply at home is doing fairly OK, but I am running out of protein laden foods, and as a vegetarian, that is not a good thing.
I will think about what I am going to get when I get to the store. I am doing fairly well on Pasta, but almost everything else is dwindling. This is why I am glad that I work losing shift at a restaurant, as I am able to bring home food waste that me and my fiance can enjoy with a bit of cooking skill.
The main issue that I have is that I have severe Acid Reflux, so I cannot eat almost any food at all, so I have to do shopping for him, as well as shopping for me almost exclusively. In fact, the fact that I have Acid Reflux is one of the main reasons that I am vegetarian in the first place.
I am making him some Chicken Fried Rice for my fiance tomorrow, saving money on onions, Jalapenos, rice, and Soy sauce I either got from work, or from delivery from a bit ago. The eggs I had expire today, so I am going to have to get more of them soon as well. So this heap of Fried Rice probably cost me about 80 cents to make.
One thing that you will realize when you are poor is that you start thinking about food is Cost Per Meal. It’s the difference between a Name Brand 1.50 boxed meal, and 75 cents for a decent sized bowl of spaghetti. Many people cannot understand this, but if you buy a dozen of eggs for 2 dollars, each individual egg would have costs you 17 cents. You cannot buy the eggs individually, but if you break it down, 1 egg from a 12 pack would be 17 cents.
The same with bread, if you buy a loaf of wheat for a dollar, you get around 20 slices of bread. That is about 5 cents per slice of bread. Detailing this out, you can calculate that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can easily only cost you about 25 cents, depending on how much product you use and how much you bought the ingredients for.
That is why I save money by buying tea and sweetening it with Splenda, as opposed to drinking even store-brand soda. I spend 1.70 on a family pack of tea, which makes 5 2-liters of tea, or 34 cents for black tea. Plus Store Brand Apriva, a splenda generic, for 3 dollars for a 200 pack, or 1.5 cents per packet. I use 3 packs per cup, or 4.5 cents. and about 6 cups per 2-liter, so 26 cents plus 34 cents is 60 cents for a 2-liter as opposed to 85 cents for generic soda pop.
After this, I have a coupon so I can get a free set of gel pens at Dollar Tree, and I am definitely going to use those. I will post a picture of my 3 dollar haul when I get home.