Had to make a run to Kroger last night to get cash for my son to buy tickets to an upcoming dance (remember I said children are NOT frugal?). While there, I went up and down the aisles looking only for items marked down worth buying, and the above photo is most of what I came home with. Three packages of Nolan Ryan's ground chuck (hormone and preservative free) marked down to $3.92 a package (about half off the per/pound price). Five packages of Ball pickle mix, from $0.94 cents to $0.59. A tray of cinnamon rolls marked down to $2.19 (day old bakery is always 50% off). Four rolls of discontinued deodorant, priced at $1.30 each (sorry, the boys grabbed two as soon as I got home). And, two jars of Kim Chee at $1.99 a pop (regularly $4.99 each).
In addition, I purchased an off-season box of six 4-hour Duraflame logs for $6.00 (regularly $15.99), and 3 more boxes of Kroger brand 2-hour logs for $2.59 each (regularly also $15.99, go figure). I had already put them away in the garage, sorry for the mess. These logs are quite a savings, and we will surely use them once it gets cold again on its' own, or as starter logs for the fire wood we plan to buy this summer to prepare for winter (the wood is cheaper when not in season).
I was glad to find the Kim Chee, as I have not purchased any in a LONG time. As with a lot of things I like to eat, it's something the rest of the family will not touch with a ten-foot pole, LOL. So I do feel bad spending five bucks just to please my cravings, aside from the fact that I think at that price point, it is waaaay overpriced. I felt $1.99 was acceptable. The reason they were on "special" was because the lids were starting to bulge out, I suspect. I think those of you who don't eat the stuff would have been very disturbed to see me open it and then proceed to eat some this morning. You see, Kim Chee is fermented cabbage pickled with a ton of cayenne pepper, and the stuff continues to ferment in the bottle after packaging. When I opened the lid, I heard a fizzing sound as the gas inside was freed from confinement. Upon taking the lid completely off, there was a lot of bubbling going on! Anyone not used to this would think the stuff had botulism and promptly thrown it out! I LOVE the stuff!
BUT, even with the substantial savings, the receipt was still over $40.00! I hate to go shopping. You have to fork over so much money to buy so little. . .