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spaghetti sauce

August 8th, 2008 at 10:16 pm

I went shopping with mom yesterday. Target was first where I got a free trial size bar of Dove soap and a free trail size of All laundry soap. I also picked up 6 25ct packages of Ziploc bags for .50 cents each. I had 3 $1/2 coupons.

Next was Walgreens where I got 4 boxes of Special K cereal for .50 cents

They had 4/$10 and I had a BOGO coupon and 2 $1 coupons so that made the price $5.50 and then they gave me a $5 register rollover coupon - final price 4 boxes for .50 cents.

I also got 3 18 oz jars Jif peanut butter for $4. On sale 3/$5 and I had a $1 coupon.

Next was Borders where I'm still using my free American Express Spring Fling Gift Cards. I got 3 books for free and used 2 25% off coupons on 2 of them.

We had a one day pass to SAMs and when we went in the lady at the door gave me a stack of free samples they were giving out. When I got home I opened them and each one had a free Ziploc storage bag inside. I got 8 of them. I also picked up 6 lbs of Walnuts. They were more than $1 lb cheaper at SAMs than at WalMert. I got 1 book for 30% off and 2 large jars of beef boullion and chicken boullion

Last stop was Whole Foods. I'd never been there before and don't expect to go back. I can't figure out how people can afford to feed there familes from there. Garlic and cauliflower were both 2.99/lb everything was hugely overpriced.

One of my retirement goals is to cook more and become a better cook. Today I am practicing making a spaghetti sauce. I like a chunky sauce with mushrooms, celery, garlic and tomato pieces visible in the sauce. I'm making a huge batch so will have some to share with parents and plenty to freeze. If I like the final result I'll post the recipe later.

I've been working on a jigsaw puzzle on and off all week and finished it today. Last night I sat down and was just planning to do a few pieces but I got on a roll and stayed up an extra hour. Oh well that's what retirement is for to continue doing something you are enjoying for as long as you want to.

I'm already much more relaxed and feel so free. I love this.

I got 4 tomatoes from my tomato plant today. The first ones and one cherry tomato. The cherry tomato was delicious. Will have some of the others tomorrow. I have a bunch more coming along. The netting I put around them is helping keep the birds away. I basically just stapled the fabric to itself around the tomato cage.

Finished reading the library book One Bite Stand by Nina Bangs. Supernatural. Good

Finished reading the library book Cash-rich retirement : use the investing techniques of the mega-wealthy to secure your retirement future by Schlagheck, Jim. Finance. Wasn't real impressed.

3 Responses to “spaghetti sauce”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I was wondering how you're getting the register rewards at Walgreen's? Was it from buying the 4 boxes of Special K?

    The spaghetti sauce you're making sounds delicious!

  2. luxlivingfrugalis Says:

    Sounds like some great deals!

  3. Aleta Says:

    You can actually go online to Wild Oats which I think is Whole Foods now and check out their sales. Sometimes their sale prices are really pretty good.

    At least you know that you want to do more cooking now that you are retired. That's a great project to work on.

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