The Cheese Debacle and Other Fool’s ErrandsPosted: July 14, 2012 | |
Saving money sucks. I’m a slave to Safeway and their damn club cards. How can I not buy organic blueberries for $2.99 a pint? It makes me feel bad because I’m pretty sure some poor farm laborer suffered for them. When you’re on a tight budget, it’s a tough call. Last month Safeway ran a special for National Dairy Month (more about the evils of the Dairy Council later). If you bought $40 worth of dairy that month, you got two free movie tickets. What a deal! Well I spent over the $40, mostly on really socially irresponsible cheese and I didn’t get the coupon. I talked to the manager twice, I called Catalina Coupons and got the run-around. I filled out their on-line form, but to no avail, because I’d lost one of my three receipts showing my dairy purchases. I finally gave up.
I also tried to transfer a prescription to the Safeway pharmacy, but that too was an exercise is frustration. I made four visits to the pharmacy and they couldn’t figure out my insurance or how to transfer my prescription from Walgreens. The young pharmacy assistants were ill-trained and totally incompetent. I finally gave up after I’d wasted several hours on the endeavor.
So is trying to save money worth the time? If it requires any extra effort, I would say no. If you’re just following the routine of checking ads and on-line coupons, I’d say yes, it’s worth it. It’s also worth it to check your receipt. Last week, Safeway over-charged me for blueberries on sale, but fixing it was just a matter of telling the cashier.
So no more getting sucked into buying products I don’t believe in to save a few bucks. I’d rather eat less.
Here’s this week’s projected menu’s. I’ll post what we actually ate on Friday.
Saturday: spicy cole-slaw and hamburgers with ground flax seed
Monday: Hawaiian Pizza with low-carb crust and a spinach salad
Tuesday: spicy sesame shirataki noodles with vegetables
Wednesday: trout, green beans and cucumber/tomato/avocado salad
Thursday: beef ribs, cauliflower and kale
Friday: seared tofu salad with einkorn pasta