Everyday Living, Money Saving Strategies

Detours can be a good thing

I woke up this morning with the intention of hitting the gym as soon as I got out of bed, dressed and over to the gym where I belong. Which was a great idea, in theory, until I remembered that the gym doesn’t open up until 10 on Sundays and here it was 8:30 in the morning.

So I made it over to the grocery store, which was supposed to be stop 2 of the day and I got smacked in the head (not literally, of course) by a great deal. General Mills cereal – if you bought six boxes, you got an instant $10 off coupon. And then the register spit out another coupon for $6 for a future visit. Which brought my six boxes of Cheerios to 42 cents per box.

In my quest to try to keep our grocery expenses down, I rarely buy name brand items. In fact, I rarely buy cereal because most of it is full of junk anyway. But this was too good of a deal to pass up. We have the pantry space to store the extra boxes of cereal and they don’t expire until August 2011, so I don’t have to worry about any of it going to waste. Additionally, the local Boy Scout troop are going to be hosting their annual food drive next month, so a box or two could go towards that.

However, my pre-coffee, unplanned trip to the grocery store made me commit a stupid mistake … I’m making some vegetable soup today that my grandma used to make and she would use rutabagas in her dish. Yeah – yams are not rutabagas. I should have followed my gut when I was looking at the root vegetable that was erroneously labeled in my grocery store. Oh well – I’ll be able to use them.

Happy Sunday, friends! Now it’s time to go to the gym. 🙂

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