Did you miss me? Because boy, did I miss you.
Hard times have fallen upon the land of Nik Snacks. Well, my blog is fine. It's me, Nikki, the professional that you know & love who is having a hard time right now. An economic crises of grand proportions has hit my house and since it's just me...I'm the only person accountable for myself. I've been pulling myself up by my boot straps (ok, ok....Crocs straps) as of late, but I'm getting nowhere. So...no food for now. Only food for thought.
Well, the entire world is having a hard time in some way or another. I promise this post isn't going to bemoan the government, rising costs, expenses, & staring down frugality in hopes of beating its ass. This post is about saving yourself.
"Saving yourself?" you ask? Yes: Saving yourself some money.
#1 Go to your local farmer's market.
Buying seasonally is the way to go. It's more economical and healthier to buy your food this way. It's OK to want fresh corn in November. You'll just have to go to the grocery store & visit the frozen foods section.
There are four farmer's markets in my area that sell everything from vegetables to meats & natural home remedy products to jewelry. I go to the market strictly for my vegetables & goat cheese (omg...Goat Lady Dairy goat cheese is the most perfect chevre on earth. Never have I ever put anything so creamy, fresh, & delicious in my mouth!)
You cannot beat the prices of food at the farmer's market. For example, a 10 pound bag of russet potatoes (the guys were so huge there were only 6 in the bag) cost me $3 at the market. I had to go to Harris Teeter & I saw russets for $5.99. A 5 lb. bag of carrots at the market, 79 cents. At the grocery store? $4.99.
I was not a math major in college, but...
Most of our comes from farms. That's where food is grown. Going to the market gives you the opportunity to:
a) buy local
b) speak to the producers who toiled & labored to give you those pretty turnip greens
c) save infinite amounts of money
#2 Buy in smaller quantities
When I buy sliced meat & cheese for my sandwiches, I never ever buy the pre-packaged meat. 102% of the time, you'll see me standing in line at the deli. Why?
a) it's fresher
b) they let you sample whatever you want
c) you can tell them how much you want, how you want it sliced, & it's cheaper
I want good tasting food. That is my #1 priority in life. Knowing the package of bologna (which I'd never eat anyway...it grosses me out, slightly) has been processed & has a USE BY date, doesn't make me feel good about eating it.
I'd never tried Cajun fried turkey breast until last night. The lady in the deli let me try a slice. It was delicious. Then I asked for another...just to make sure I liked it. I did. Then I asked for a "sample" of provolone. Ha ha...I just got a free snack!
I like the deli because you can decide if you're buying for weight or for price. When I was in high school, I worked at a grocery store & instead of discounts off merchandise, we were allowed 10% off every $40 we spent. This is a gourmet grocery retailer where a gallon of organic milk was $5.99....10 years ago! So $40 was going to get you a box of crackers, a head of hydroponic lettuce & maybe 4 or 5 gummy bears from the bulk section. I'd take my certificate, go to the deli, and go to town.
"Tom, I need 8 cents of Danish ham, sliced thin. No, wait. Make that shaved. No, wait..."
So those are my 2 cents for today. I hope that I have saved you some time & money in the process. 'Cause Lord knows I have plenty of time....and not enough money...