Twice in the last few weeks, I’ve tried to fill the 30 gallon tank of my 12 passenger van, and I’ve been cut off at $100, a few gallons shy of full.
I’m definitely avoiding unnecessary driving.
But today, I have a meeting on post, which is about a 25 mile trip. After the meeting, I will head to the commissary (grocery store) which really does offer significant savings on many products. They claim a 30% savings over the typical grocery store. I believe them. Even though they sell very few generic brands, often the brand name is cheaper than generic at the store. Plus you can use coupons. And meat is always cheaper, even cheaper than the sale prices I see locally.
But with the price of gas, I’m not sure if the drive is worth it. Piggy-backing the trip because of the meeting, it is.
Yesterday, the kids were distraught over the breakfast selections. I was not making pancakes, and they were left with Cheerios. There was moaning. Resigning themselves to a lengthy fast, they thought ahead to lunch and discovered that we had no bread. There was more moaning.
I dropped everything to bake bread. Lunch was saved.
My kitchen was hot.
It’s been A/C weather for at least a month down here in GA.
Bread is expensive, especially good bread, yummy bread, healthy bread. I’d like to make my own all the time, but I wonder if, in the summer, the increased cost to cool my home is worth the savings.
I thought about baking all the bread on one day, the old-fashioned way. I would need to bake at least 8 loaves for the week. I only have 2 loaf pans. That’s all day baking.
I thought about buying 6 more loaf pans. Loaf pans, new, cost $10-$12 at Amazon. I could spend $60-$80 on loaf pans, so I could bake bread all at once, so that I could save on A/C costs, and so that I could save on bread costs.
I’m not quite sure if spending $60 to “save” money is worth it.
I thought about hitting some thrift stores or yard sales to see if I could find any loaf pans.
That would use gas.
Spending money on gas to buy used loaf pans to save money on groceries and A/C costs doesn’t seem so brilliant either.
Since I’ll be on post, I’ll check out the P/X (which is like a department store) to see if they have any decent loaf pans for less than Amazon. I’m not hopeful, since their selection is usually poor.
My husband works not far from the commissary, and sending him to the store on a regular basis is another option for saving on groceries without spending money on gas.
I am loathe to lengthen his work day by another hour.
Then there’s the grocery shopping learning curve to deal with. Buy this kind, not that kind. Check to see if the coupon saves money over the usual brand. Look to see what’s on sale and stock up. Suddenly remember something not on the list. Prioritize.
And not buy things that look yummy just because you are shopping at dinner time. Right there, I think we’d lose any savings.
Anybody else feeling the gas and grocery price pinch?