I just read that the poverty level has increased on Washington state. That is to say, more of is are at the poverty level.
We went to Winco yesterday. We called it our road trip. Since the bakery outlet os on the way, we went there too. We lucked out and it was senior and military day so we got ten percent off. My husband tried for twenty percent off because were both military and senior, but as predicted, it didn't work, gave is a good laugh though! We did get two packages of whole wheat hot dog buns. I'm making bread crumbs.
Winco had a lot of things I stock cheaper. I found peppers for a buck! Beats 1.59. And the instant potatoes I buy for .87 they can be as much as 1.59 too. My husband found his beef jerkey meat.
Beer was two dollars cheaper than his cheapest price. Coffee was 5.99 and some of the veggies were cheaper. Some things weren't, you have to know your prices. This is hard because RBP are changing and I'm not finding the lowest price as often as I would like. Sometimes I have to resort to house brands. Not a bad thing. House brands are often the same as the good product with a different label.
The bread store had a lot of dollar and near a dollar bread. I also got jalapeño mustard. I guess I have to resolve to the fact that I can't find meat at my target price of two dollars anymore. Other than chicken, that isn't happening. If I can get it for three dollars a pound, I can average two dollars. I got chicken sausage for 2.50. Four sausage are enough for the four of us.
My average for September was 62.00 a week. The Feds have upped our basic food at home stats to about 85.00 a week for my husband and I. I am also supplementing my daughter and granddaughter a lot. There are people that do it for less. A lot of them have a lot more time and energy than I have.
I am trying to stay within the guidelines for food stamps, ( we are not on food stamps) to show people that it can be done and you can eat decent food for less money and maintain a pantry.
There is a certain sense of security having a pantry of staples. I was in the rehab ( nursing home) for a month and in the hospital a few days too. My family ate out of the pantry and supplemented a little fresh. My daughter cooked every night. She got smart and cooked a crockpot of chili to last a couple of days. Leftovers worked.
That's about all.
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