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October 8th, 2022 at 03:02 pm

I went to the gym yesterday, which is close to Food4Less. I popped over there to pick up scrub pads (I nearly ruined a pan, get to that later). While I was there I checked out the produce clearance and I picked up six Gala apples and 5 navel oranges. Then I spotted another clearance section of regular items. Usually I don't find much I want in those, but this time I found lasagna noodles, a Cracker Barrel mac & cheese kit, Reese's cereal, a brownie mix, a bag of dry lima beans, and a small pack of mini donuts. The total for all of these items was $12. (Not counting the non-food scrub pads, which were $3.) Some are not so great nutritional choices, for sure, but they were so cheap! And I have been sorely missing having treats on hand since I started this challenge.

I was under by $2 on Thursday shopping, so this will set me back by $10 on my upcoming trip. I don't think that will be a problem, as my list, so far, is not large.

So, the pan. I had a plastic jar of honey, in which about a half-inch had crystallized in the bottom. Bright idea -- I would set the jar in a pan of water on the stove and let it warm up to its original state. Well, I completely forgot it. Until the smoke alarm went off when I was in the shower. I didn't burn the building down, but I sure made a mess of the pan. It is a stainless steel pan, so it can take a lot of abuse, and I did manage to clean it up, though it took a lot of soaking and a lot of elbow grease. That was a relief. I was all set to go to IKEA and get a replacement -- I like that pan so much. But it's fine.

I guess I need to make a rule that I can't leave the kitchen when anything is on a burner.

4 Responses to “Food4Less”

  1. Wink Says:

    I was wondering if you gave yourself some weekly spending flexibility if you wanted to stock up on sale items, even though you stick to your monthly $100 spending budget.

  2. Lots of Ideas Says:

    Uggghhh on the pan.
    My building has an alarm system that summons the fire department when the smoke alarm goes off…so embarrassing.
    For some reason, making pancakes causes mine to go off - now I just don’t make them!

    When I put something on the stove - boiling water for pasta, drying my cast iron skillets - I set the baking timer. That way, if I leave the room, I get a reminder just like when I am actually baking. Maybe you could try that.

  3. Amber Says:

    You made out like a bandit with the food shopping. I’m so had you’re okay, I’ve forgotten about things on the stove, scary

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Good deal on the bargains.

    Sorry about the pan. But glad you could salvage it. I wish they would put honey in glass jars.

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