Monday, March 09, 2009

Marriage 101, Lecture 65: Gold digging, part 2

In the paper this weekend there was a story about how to stretch that dollar. There were helpful hints like turning your shampoo and conditioner bottles upside down and rinsing them to get the last bits of product out. They suggested not throwing away day-old bread but using it for bread crumbs instead. (They left out French toast and strata.) They said you could freeze leftovers.

Who knew?

More Morocco photos from my blog that was disappeared. Four years' worth, in case you were wondering.

What I want to know is who are all these people who up until now have been throwing away their old bread and their leftovers? Not People of The Tribe of We Who Do No Waste, that's for sure. Just because it's what you ate last night is no reason to throw it away. That section of your fridge where things get rilly, rilly cold? That's where you put the stuff you had yesterday and are too bored with to have again today. You can have it again next week when it will seem like something totally new again!

I got two bags of groceries today, including four pounds of pork loin, for $25. Other stuff was a leek, some garlic, tomatoes, lentils (red and green), pears, pistachios, mushrooms, baking soda, milk, and a 12-pack of diet Coke. The pork was the big-ticket item.


The lady behind me had half a bag of food for $35. She seemed puzzled that she was spending so much money on so little.

I looked at what she was buying -- several TV dinners, some candy, other junk food -- and commented to the bag lady, "That's what happens when you don't do your own cooking."


I don't have any sympathy for people who whine about food prices and then buy processed food or go to McDonald's. Until you're eating nothing but rice and beans, you're not really trying.

Maybe I should start offering seminars on how to cut your food bill by 50% and eat better. I could get rich.



AndiMAC said...

Yeah but you'd offer it gratis for your really good friends right? Hehehehe. Damn, you did good at the store. I'd like to compare notes some time. I do ok but I can definitely learn from you.

class-factotum said...

Oh sure, Andi! Your situation is tougher because produce in Miami is expensive. I can't figure it out because so much is grown there. There has to be a bargain produce place somewhere there -- maybe in a latino neighborhood or at a Vietnamese grocery. That's also a good place to buy meat.