Friday, September 23, 2011

Fun Friday At The Farmer's Market And Free Cat Food

I meant to do some grocery shopping today, but as I sat outside this morning looking through the various ads once more and watching my daughter run around the back yard, I decided that there really wasn't anything on sale that we desperately needed.

I did want to get out of the house, however, and it was an absolutely gorgeous day today, so I decided that we should take a ride down to the Farmer's Market.  I found the produce there a bit pricey today, but as always we had fun strolling around and sampling the fruits and veggies that were shoved at us from nearly every stand.  I'm pretty sure my two year old was covered from head to toe with orange juice when I strapped her back into her carseat.

There was one thing that I did purchase while we were there.  It was a large basket full of yellow squash.


I learned a trick at the farmer's market last summer.  The baskets they put at eye level are the "freshest" of the items, and also the higher priced.  Sometimes, when they have some that maybe didn't sale the previous day, there will be a larger basket below the table, down at ankle level.  These are sooo much cheaper, and plenty fresh enough!

For the small basket of yellow squash at eye level that contained 4-5 squash, they were asking $4.  For this basket, containing 17 squash (and larger ones at that), they wanted just $6!  (We've already eaten some, and they were delicious!  I'm also about to try an experiment with freezing cooked squash, so I'll let you know how that turns out.)

On the way home, I realized that the main reason I was needing to go shopping today was because we had run completely out of cat food.  I had no coupons with me and I had not researched who had the best prices on cat food, but I recalled that I still had a $25 credit saved on my Kroger card from transferring a prescription.  Kroger was on the way home, so we stopped by there and grabbed a large bag of their store brand cat food, which cost $11.75.  When I checked out, she asked if I wanted to use my credit, and there was absolutely no charge.  My receipt shows the remainder of my credit that I can use next time I go.

On top of that, when I picked my daughter up from school, we passed by a garage sale, and I found a booster seat for the car for just $2.

I think that was a pretty good day!  For $8 total, I got 17 squash, a large bag of cat food, and an extra booster seat for my 5 year old (to have one in daddy's jeep.)

Earlier this week, I spent $8.16 at Tom Thumb (69% Savings).

That was all the shopping I've done this week since my trip to CVS (where they paid me for diapers) and my large Aldi haul on Sunday.

How did your shopping go this week?  Link up or leave a comment below.

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