So, the refund checks are in. They won’t last long: there are bills to pay, the car needs to be inspected, and I always do a major food shop when I get the federal check. And I do mean MAJOR.
I spent five hours at the grocery store this morning. My freezer, pantry, and paper goods are now well stocked. It was a good thing I went by myself, because there was no room for anyone else in the car by the time I finished. I broke it down into four sections, because I had four store coupons for money off certain total amounts. Besides, since I filled the cart all four times, there was no way I could have done it all at once. In the end, I saved a total of $303; that’s more than I spend on groceries in two weeks, normally. And I will be honest, I got some things that I RARELY buy. Sales and coupons mean I can splurge on occasion. I don’t think the Kidling noticed the lobster tails in the freezer yet. I still have money to spend at the Bloom, Book and Bake sale to benefit the local library this Saturday, and to start shopping for dresses for the Kidling… she has her 8th grade dance and 8th grade graduation coming up. Then there is the pancake breakfast out at Bob’s Trees, a PSC Alumni gathering. The rummage sale at Our Lady of Hope is coming up, too. I’ve gotten several of the angels in my collection there.
Hopefully, sometime soon, I can get rid of the outgrown clothes, books, nick-knacks, and such that have accumulated on the back porch, and rearrange the space. Yeah, spring is coming, and I am getting that Spring Cleaning Urge. My daughter will probably want to go into hiding when I really get started.