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Spending & Saving

January 14th, 2018 at 06:42 am

I went to Jewel yesterday before heading to the gym. I spent $26 and bought a box of wine, Dawn, Cascade pods, Grain Berry cereal, a sweet potato pie mix, coffee and canned chilis. My savings was logged as $16.72, or 60%. I used coupons worth $3.50. The Dunkin Donuts coffee was marked down to $2.99 from $8.99 because it is pumpkin spice flavored (which I love). The pie mix was only .99 after being marked down $3.00. The can of chilis was reduced by .24. The box of wine was reduced by 1.50 (which doesn't actually cover the tax on it), and the cereal was free.

This is the first time I am trying dishwasher pods. I know others who love them. They seem expensive to me, but I had a coupon and they were marked down as well. I used the coupon for the smallest container so it would have the biggest punch. This will give me the opportunity to see if I consider them worth the extra expense.

Other than that, I spent $1.50 on laundry.

I mailed in my senior "freeze" exemption for my property taxes, which has to be done annually. Seniors in my area can freeze their taxes, so I don't have to pay more than last year even if rates rise.

I did another Pine Cone survey.

Variables are now at 37%.

Today I'm planning to make bread again. I'm determined to use up the yeast I bought in a BOGO deal, and if I can get to the point that my breadmaking skill matches the bakery's, I will save a ton of money! I do not use a bread machine, by the way, so I also get plenty of exercise in the kneading process.

I'm sleeping better now. I don't sleep straight through the night, but I'm doing better. It seems once I get tired enough, my body finally makes the correction. Just wish I didn't have to experience so much wakefulness to get there.

7 Responses to “Spending & Saving”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I'm glad you're sleeping better.

    For the senior discount - how old do you have to be? Does the senior have to be on the mortgage, or just the title?

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Glad you are sleeping a little better.

    Good deals at the grocery! You are quite the bargain hunter!

    Have you tried the no knead bread recipe? It's sort of an artisan type bread and you can change it up by using different flours. It just means you have to plan ahead like start the dough overnight since it has to sit for quite a few hours. The recipe I started with had me doing all these odd things like wrapping the dough in a towel and all that and I thought what a pain in the patootie. So one evening I just put all the stuff in a bowl, mixed it with a wooden spoon, covered it with a towel and let it sit overnight. The next day I put it in a greased Dutch oven, let it rise again, and it worked fine. I've even baked it on a baking stone so I think it is pretty flexible as how you bake it. It is a crusty bread and I often add whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and different herbs to make it a little different.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I believe the senior only has to be on the title; it doesn't matter whether the property is paid off or not. The senior must be 65. This is in Cook County, Illinois.

    No knead bread? Does it have more liquid than other recipes, because it takes a lot of kneading just to get the flour mixed in.

  4. Bluebird Says:

    One of my goals for several years has been to make bread (with yeast). It's a bit intimidating. My neighbor has promised to give me hands on lessons, and I'm so excited!

  5. Jackie n Says:

    I switched to the dishwasher pods as they leave my glassware so much nicer. I find I need to stick with brand name pods in my cheap dishwasher.
    I also started buying the Costco brand laundry detergent pods, my husband was using so much detergent that i found I save money buying the pods.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    CB, here is the original recipe: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/11376-no-knead-bread

    However, I don't do all the stuff it says. I mix all the ingredients in a bowl, let it sit over night, put in a greased Dutch oven, and bake according to the timed directions. I have added different herbs to make it different and substituted a little wheat flour in place of all purpose flour or even just added some instant oatmeal to it and mixed it. It comes out perfectly every time. I originally did this as it was written with the cornmeal and the towel and everything and then tried it without and saw no difference. It's a cheap bread, and you can personalize it as you wish.

  7. Frugaltexan75 Says:

    Thanks CB.

    I’ve heard people put the dough in the instant pot for proofing (bread)

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