Something is in the air Tadpoles. I don't know what it is. . .but Sunday was epic!
Two things well known about me are that I don't like any type of shopping except the grocery kind and I LOVE a bargain.
Yesterday was so cool.
We all know Thanksgiving is Thursday. However, we won't be eating the traditional meal on Thursday because the kids can't make it home until Friday. No worries, we're going the Mimosa and Sloppy Joe route that day, while prepping everything for Friday and watching the parade. Works for me.
We did want to make sure we had everything purchase before Thursday tho' and we decided to go shopping at ALDI. I have an unabashed love for this grocery store. There are so many reasons, but today I am going to focus on one of my favorite things about their store.
Prices. I can literally get three times the food for the same price as I could at Food Lion or heaven forbid Giant Foods. For example - three weeks ago I went shopping with Steven and we purchased enough food for 3 weeks of breakfasts, lunches and dinners for $160. We ate chicken, pork, ground round, sausage and soups. They only thing we replenished in three weeks was bread, milk and juice.
This makes me happy. So, so happy.
Our Thanksgiving menu consists of the following [keep in mind everything is fresh and homemade. I don't buy boxed or canned goods with the exception of boxed chicken broth because I don't have any homemade made and stocked in the freezer.]
Turkey with gravy
Sweet potato casserole
Green beans with ham
Crudite plate [don't ask but this is a weird tradition my mom started years ago and the kids insist we have it] It includes black olives, sweet pickles, radishes and stuffed celery [see? told you it was weird - but it works. somehow]
I didn't write that list to bore you or even make you drool - I am doing enough of that for all of us - I write it because I still can't believe how little we paid for all of the ingredients. I could feed 6-8 people with our meal and it only cost: $48.24. That's $7.10/per person for 6. Not too shabby.
Even better? We will have leftovers Saturday [Gravy with turkey and mixed veggies over waffles - again, don't ask. It is SO good.] Then I will boil the carcass and make turkey soup, pot pie and Thanksgiving sandwiches with the remaining turkey. So actually my food cost is much lower. YAY!
We have never, ever paid so little for Thanksgiving - and we know, as we make the same exact menu every single year. Even when I could purchase turkeys for .39 cents a lb [25 years ago] I still spent upwards of $100 for 8.
Even better than that bargain?
Wait - let me back up a moment. I talked about this on Facebook, but I realize not all of you are there [and if you are, why aren't we friends? :) ]
This goofball, our very own Evie Lou [Wallene], was accepted into the National Honor Society. We could not be more proud and I have to say, with all the turmoil in her life in the past 4 years [my health, losing our home, moving in her Junior year of HS, etc] we are amazed at the hard work and perseverance she put forth to earn this honor.
Tradition in our home is if you are accepted into NHS Mom gets to pick out and will purchase you a new outfit for the induction ceremony. I know, pushy right? But you can only imagine the fights that would ensue if we let them dress in school clothes for this. It's a big deal. I have done it before, to the liking of her siblings, but with Evie? She was having none of it. And really? It's our last kid and I am worn out by being sick, so I told her to go shopping by herself and Dad and I would pay for whatever she chose. She knew I had to approve, and I gave her parameters. Then I sent her out.
On the way home from the grocery store Steven received this pic' on his phone. I was shocked that she had actually listened and found something appropriate for the ceremony. Look! Her she is in the dressing room:
We arrived home and Evie was already back from Cato [the only women's clothing store in Orange, VA] and she came walking down the hall holding up a blanket. I asked her what the heck she was doing when she suddenly dropped the blanket and was wearing this dress. I squealed because it looks even better in person [she paired it with the cutest belt] but I was confused. We hadn't given her more than $5 [to eat lunch while she was out shopping] so I asked her how did she get the dress home. Certainly $5 wasn't going to buy a dress that nice. [Btw, for those who care - it's completely lined. It's a NICE dress.]
She showed me the tag on it. It was, in fact, originally, $49.99. But had been marked down 3 times. To the low, low price of $4.99!!!!! She had change in her purse so she was able to purchase it with tax.
HOW AWESOME IS THAT? ::skippyhappydance::
It's the little things Tadpoles. Simply the little things.
Okay, that's all I got for Monday. I hope everyone has a lovely holiday [if I don't make it back here] and we'll see ya' on the flipside.
Smile loudly, LIFE IS A GIFT! Love and hugs, Janine