Sales, unemployment and finding deals
It's kind of like that around here too. There is a lot of unemployment here,
and a lot of people on assistance. I am in Eugene, Oregon. #1 state in the
nation (last I looked) for unemployment and #1 in the state for unemployment.
We used to have Sony, they closed, we used to have Monaco coach, They closed
until September when they will reopen with only 150 employees. Even the local
mill just laid off over 150 people. I have been looking for a position for the
last three months, but there are so many others looking too it's just
But, I persevere and it usually pays off. When I can get a good deal I stock up
as much as I can. I just make it a point to run to the store once a week, even
if I only need one thing and I ALWAYS check the bin just in case something was
Date: Sun Jun 1, 2003 11:29 pm
Subject: Sales, unemployment and finding deals
Yeah me to I usually do my shopping on fridays when my hubby gets paid. Now
I'm thinking of trying to hold off until Monday morning b/c of the weekend
rush hopefully things get stocked up by then. You know my hubby and I were
talking the other day we are a very poor state but we still have all these
resturaunts going up all over the place. I swear Ididn't think we even had
many people to keep these places in business. I told him they must be comming
down out of the mountains to have a 9 dollars steak. LOL And they wonder why
they have no money at the end of the month. Some of our smaller grociers are
shutting down now b/c of lack of business and that is sad b/c that is honestly
were I found the best deals. I just need to kind of get use to another way
my favorite store shut down in December.~~~~Tammy
Geesh and I thought that it was bad up here in the Portland area. It is
also bad over in Newport on the coast but I have seen and hear that it
is possible to do it if you really work hard at it. I am just so happy
that my hubby finally got a good job that pays well too, I still look
very closely for the deals.
My DH and I just moved back here to Eugene FROM the Portland area in March! It
is really bad here, at least there I was able to work a few temp jobs (about one
weeks work every 4 - 5 weeks) and here there just aren't any.
Yes, keep looking for the deals. And once you have your food budget where you
like it keep it there. I COULD feed DH and I for less than I do (I spend 200.00
per month in food and "stuff" and I could do it for $75.00 - 100.00) but I use
what I don't NEED for the month to stock up on sales. If there is a great sale
on something I know we use I stock up on it until I spend the total of my
In 2001 it really helped, my husband had cancer, and he spent most of 2001
(February to December) either in the hospital or in treatment for the cancer.
And during this time most of it was spent on disability income only. So, being
able to stock up on things really does pay off in the long run.
Especially the non-perishibles... TP, shampoo, conditioner, soap (soap has a
longer shelf life than a twinkie!), deoderant, feminine napkins (going to be
making some of my own here shortly), dishwasher detergent, dishwashing liquid,
fabric softener, laundry detergent... All of these items can be kept for a
minimum of 2 years in storage. Longer if kept at a constant temperature.
Most canned goods are good for at least a year and can be kept up to two years
if they aren't acidic or there is no rust on a can (anything over this and the
food is nutricionally comprimised). Dehydrated food can be kept until my niece
is old and grey.
If you have a food dehydrator a great way to keep tomato sauce longer is to do
this. Open that can up, spread it on the fruit sheet that comes with your food
dehydrator and dehydrate that tomato sauce into a powder. Not only does this
concentrate the flavor and make it so you can store more of it in a smaller
place, but it also makes it so that the tomato sauce can become tomato paste
(depending on the amount of water you add to reconstitute it) and it makes it so
that it will keep for decades in a glass jar instead of the months in a tin can
(tomato is so acidic that it can even eat through the coating in the cans that
are used to can it).
You would be amazed at the number of items you can dehydrate too. Mushrooms,
spaghetti sauce, fruits, veggies, flowers, tomato sauce, pizza sauce... The
number of items are endless. I am sure there are more than I have listed, I
just can't think of them all off the top of my head. LOL! And dehydrated items
always cost a bundle at the store, just think of reaching into the cupboard for
your own home grown and dehydrated herbs that cost you pennies, instead of
dollars per ounce.
But, I am definately rambling now... LOL! Off to find other trouble to get
> Geesh and I thought that it was bad up here in the Portland area. It is
> also bad over in Newport on the coast but I have seen and hear that it
> is possible to do it if you really work hard at it. I am just so happy
> that my hubby finally got a good job that pays well too, I still look
> very closely for the deals.
yeah defenately you can do. One problem that i see around here is that
people don't Want to work and rely on the system which kicks us in the butt b/c
are paying their way through life. If our grandparents and ancestors could
make it in VERY hard time with out help (there wasn't any then), then we all
could do to.~~~Tammy
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