I went to the store with my list & a wad of coupons. I seem to buy a lot of produce. Unfortunately not everyone in my house is obsessed with veggies, so I tend to throw out a lot. I needed mushrooms & was very excited they were 10 for $10...aka $1. That was until I got a look at them. Someone must have expected New Years Resolutions of consuming lots of mushrooms and over ordered. I will admit, those sale mushrooms were probably just fine. I cannot buy or eat foods that look bad. A friend pokes fun at me for doing it all the time, lol.
Still needed mushrooms...wasn't buying the sale ones...then I remembered the good 'ol "Bulk" veggies. They ones you can pick yourself & not be obligated to buy a whole container when all you need is a few. So I threw about 6 descent sized shrooms in my bag & it was the perfect about for my hubby's delicious Puttanesca. (We will save that recipe for another day, but here is a little preview)
Much to my surprise, I only paid $1.19 for the perfect amount of mushrooms! And the savings didn't stop there. I needed a few cloves of garlic. I usually just by the garlic minced in a jar. I know the flavor is so much better with fresh, but something that small being chopped or cut by me is scary. Since my husband would be doing the slicing & dicing, I figured I'd grab the fresh stuff. Usually, I would go right for the 2 in a pack. Why not, it's there & ready to go. But that day, something was telling me to get 1 bunch of garlic cloves. SCORE! Paid $0.07 for it. I couldn't believe when I got home & looked at my receipt.
So moral of the story, when trying to cut corners & shop a little smarter, buy the loose items. It could really save you quite a bit of money. I know this isn't brand new information, it was just my "Ah ha" ,light bulb on moment. Trying to make this year better mentally & financially so this is a start in the right direction.