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$7.75 a Pound for Lettuce??

January 26th, 2011 at 03:32 am

I am really a newbie at saving money, but the lightbulbs are starting to go off. The most recent?? I normally buy premade salads. I was in Walmart day before yesterday and looked at the unit price on the salad I normally get...$7.75 a pound for mixed romaine!!! The cost made me decide to switch to a head of romaine for just $1.75. After I brought it home and chopped it up, it filled my salad bowl. It was a little limp the first night, but by night #2, it was crispy and fresh.

HIDDEN TREASURE. When I cleaned out the cabinet the other day I found a coffee can size tin of alfalfa sprout seeds I had bought a couple of years ago during a sprout making phase. My first urge was to throw them out thinking they were expired or something. Instead, I tried soaking them and growing them in my two sprouting jars. I am on my third round of making alfalfa sprouts as they take about 3 days to germinate. I LOVE them and they make my salads taste so much better...FREE sprouts!!

SPENDING YESTERDAY:
$1.50 Car Wash
$29.70 Post Office (had to mail and insure the $2K item I sold through Ebay)
$5.04 Starbucks, bought tea for me and a friend (trying to invest in my friendships)
$2.00 12 step meeting contribution
TOTAL: $38.24
WOW! I kind of spent a lot for a day I wasn't planning to spend much.

PLANNED SPENDING THIS WEEK:
* Tea meeting friends at Barnes and Noble tonight
* Having son and in-laws for dinner tomorrow night. Will have parmesean chicken and sugar free ice cream for dessert (made with stuff on hand). Need to buy salad fixings and garlic bread.
* Friday night, dinner with girlfriends celebrating my 10 years of no alcohol!! Will buy one friend's dinner.
* Saturday Night. Using FREE Marriott night certificate (yeah!) for romantic evening with DH. May buy breakfast there for a treat OR we may come home and have home made whole wheat waffles or veggie sausage casserole. I'm sure the Marriott Breakfast will be $25-$30 so I may try to rethink this although our relationship is important and that would be a luxurious treat for us. We are WELL under budget his month so...

I don't usually have so many restaurant meals or teas with girlfriends. Actually I am trying to have more teas or outings with "girlfriends." Being a working mom all those years, I spent most all my free time with DH and the boys. Since I am now an empty nester, I am trying to invest more time and even money in girlfriends. Especially as we get older, girlfriends are pretty important. Since the boys moved out I get lonely sometimes.

6 Responses to “$7.75 a Pound for Lettuce??”

  1. marvholly Says:

    I made the decision about salad stuff MANY years ago. I usually buy romaine for

  2. North Georgia Gal Says:

    That is incredible about the lettuce. I have never taken the time to figure the cost per pound. Sure makes sense to purchase and cut yourself!

  3. SavingsQueen Says:

    Hi NG Gal. I am starting to look at the unit prices instead of the purchase price for most things. It's kind of an eye opener.

  4. mjrube94 Says:

    You're doing a great job! I've enjoyed keeping up with your blog...

  5. scfr Says:

    Yes, it's amazing what you can learn when you really start scrutinizing the expenses, isn't it? I buy Romaine Hearts by the bagful for salads. I don't mind washing & tearing the leaves myself. On the other hand, I've decided it's worth it to pay the price for triple-washed spinach leaves, because spinach is just so darn dirty! I'm not one to preach "you must do things the least expensive way possible all the time" ... it's all about being mindful of your spending and deciding how much things are worth to you, and it sounds like that is what you are learning to do.

    BTW, don't worry about the Post Offic expense. That's really more of "business" expense because you were spending money to make money.

    You're doing great.

  6. Savings Queen Says:

    Hi mjrube and scfr, Thanks for the vote of confidence. I am getting a little nervous lately about keeping up my reasonable spending as in the past I have gone through "phases" that I later abandoned. I just need to remember that I need to have reasonable spending JUST FOR TODAY. I can do anything for one day.

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