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June 25th, 2005 at 09:32 pm

Started early today by picking up my first Share order. In case you don't know SHARE is a non-profit organization that buys food in a co-op arrangement and passes the savings on to you. They say you can save up to 50% on your groceries. They want you to volunteer 2 hours a month in exchange for this, but that can be anything from babysitting to working at your kids school to taking care of relatives.

They have an online ordering service in our area now and I saw the brochure for the organization in the library last month. It looked like a pretty good deal so I ordered the June regular package for 21.00 + 1.50 handling fee for ordering online. You can order in person and save 1.50.

I showed the brochure to my dad and he ended up ordering stuff too. So both of us went to the pick-up place this morning. I have to say I thought the quality was excellent and so did my dad.

This is a list of what I got for $21.00

12 oz Bratwurst
1 1b Teriyaki Chicken breast
11 oz. Boneless Ham steak
8 oz Chicken Nuggets
38 oz Stouffers Italian Lasagna
7 oz Chicken flavored rice
1 lb. frozen corn
1 lb carrots
1 bunch celery
1 head lettuce
1 bunch green onions
6 russet potatoes
4 peaches
1 cantaloupe
1 lb green grapes
2 lb yellow onions

It seems like a lot of food to me and I figure it's at least 20 meals.

After I went back home and put the groceries away I headed into town. First stop Albertson's gas station where I filled up for $20.63. 2.01/gallon after .03 discount with Albertson's card. Since I saw gas all over for 2.16 I thought this was cheap.

Next I met my friend at the theater. $5.25. We saw the Star Wars movie. I wasn't impressed. It almost seemed like a parady of Star Wars movies. I also spent $4.00 on popcorn since I missed breakfast. This was not good. Frown

Next we went to Olive Garden where I treated her to lunch, since she treated me last time. $22.49 I brought 1/2 of mine home though for dinner.

After that we went to Media Play since today is their triple points day. BTW if you're interested in getting their replay card only buy a one year membership since on triple points days they will renew your card for free. I got 3 books for $19.30. I will get a 15% rebate back from Media Play because I have their card and it's a triple points day. I will also get a 4% rebate from my credit card for using it to pay for the purchases.

On my way home I stopped at the Albertson's grocery store to pick up their loss leader items and the Sunday Paper. Spent $11.58. That's the first time I've seen the Sunday paper on sale before Sunday.

When I got home I saw that the Albertson's receipt had a phone in survey for which you get a free loaf of French bread the next time you go to the store. So I did that and now just have to remember to use the reciept.

Put my groceries away for the second time today and then went to moms to walk. We walked for 60 min. Came back home and read the Sunday paper and then ate my leftovers from lunch.

Long day. Had a great time with my friend. We spent most of it catching up. Got some good deals on groceries and 3 new books to read. Life is good. Now I just need to figure out some menus to use up all that food Smile


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