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Did I miss the news about the big tomato crop disaster?

August 22nd, 2008 at 04:35 pm

I have a ton of coupons for $1 off the Muir Glen organic products. I've been buying them in 4 to 6 can lots all summer from WalMart. I was there Tuesday and paid $1.34 per can for the canned tomatoes with Basil and Garlic. This was an increase from $1.24 earlier in the year. I went again today with my mom and the price is now $1.98 WOW! I must have missed some important news about a tomato disaster. That's an increase of 32%. The plain canned tomatoes increased to $1.44. But with the $1 coupon they were only .44 cents so still a good buy an I bought 6 of the plain tomatoes. I use canned tomatoes a lot in soups, chili's, spagetti sauce, pasta dishes etc.

I bought some pasta on Tuesday also for 1.20 and now it's 1.28. But eggs have gone down almost 50 cents a dozen. So back to eating eggs more often and looking for sales on pasta. My overall spending on groceries has remained the same for several years now. I just look for bargains more, stock up or don't buy something that's gotten too expensive until it becomes more reasonable again.

Finished reading the library book Cheap eating : how to feed your family well and spend less by Pat Edwards. This was pretty good. A lot of good ideas on saving money on food.

Finished reading the library book Your Scandalous Ways by Loretta Chase. Romance. Very good. Funny and witty and smart.

Finished reading my book The Dragon Queen by Alice Borchardt. King Arthur. I have always enjoyed reading the King Arthur books. I must have read 40 versions of the story. This is a completly new take and it's excellent. It's supposed to be a trilogy and this first book concentrates on Guineviere's childhood. A second book is out and I've put a hold on it at the library. While searching for the third book in the trilogy though I found out the author died and so no ending. Big Bummer! For her and me. She's the sister of Anne Rice. I don't care for Anne Rice's books since I don't care for horror, but she is a good writer. It's interesting that the family produced two really good writers in such different categories.

4 Responses to “Did I miss the news about the big tomato crop disaster?”

  1. swimgirl Says:

    Okay, I must know... where did you get all those coupons? I'd love to get my hands on some of those. That's the brand I prefer. Just curious.

  2. retire@50 Says:

    swimgirl - go here and register then select coupons -> Muir Glen. A pdf screen comes up with both Muir Glen and Cascadian farms coupons. You can print as many as you want. They expire 9/30/08

    http://youandyourfamily.com/lower.php?url=coupons

  3. mjrube94 Says:

    I'm with you. Since when is pasta more than $1/box? I remember when you could get them 2/$1. (OK, I'm sounding like my parents here, but still). Just crazy...

  4. Aleta Says:

    I'm with you about the prices. My cooking oil was getting low and I saw an ad for $3.99 on sale for a 48 oz bottle. I used to buy the same thing for $1.50 on sale. When did the oil go up so high? As a result, we're cutting down on the oil and watching how much we are using.

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