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Eye opening...

I finally called Sheri and she was waiting to hear from the electrician so I went to the pool. On the way, I noodled out that they probably were going to hit some bump that would prevent them from coming at all today. And, I remembered that condo rules say they can't work past 5 pm.

So when I got to the pool, I called her to remind her and, in fact, she was on her way to pick up the track lights and meet the electrician here. So I figured I'd bag the pool. I had time so I figured I'd make a quick grocery stop.

When I got to the grocery I realized I'd left my purse at home. But I had a $20 bill stashed in the coin purse I keep in the car so that would work. I only needed a few things.

But, having only $20 really made me aware of prices in a way I haven't been since the last time I was between jobs. I needed Cheerios and bread for starters. Cheerios were easy. Do they have the generic in a bag? Nope but box o' store brand, yep. Sold.

Bread. The normal bread I pick up is in the bakery. I don't love it but it's ok. I knew, however, it was more expensive than regular. So I went to the regular bread section. Whoa! That was pretty expensive, too. I didn't want a huge loaf so finally I settled on a no name brand for $2.29. Then, for a giggle, I went to the bakery to check on the price of the loaf I would normally get. $6.49!! Holy crap. Never again.

I didn't even shop for anything else. $5.18 total.

It is now 1 pm. No sign of Sheri or the electrician. I should have stayed at the pool and done a swim.

I really want to be here if/when he gets started. Electricity is very important to me. And I want to make sure they have what they need so they don't waste any time getting this thing done. But, it looks like I'm the one wasting the time.

Oh well.

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timbear
Mar. 14th, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
You are never going to forgive me for mentioning that fridge are you? ...
susandennis
Mar. 14th, 2012 10:11 pm (UTC)
On the up side, I have you to blame for all of it!!!
mixter11nm
Mar. 14th, 2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
I hope you're in the middle of wires and track lighting being laid out right now.
susandennis
Mar. 14th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
I am! thanks!
mhaithaca
Mar. 15th, 2012 12:22 am (UTC)
I bought a loaf of bread at the store the other day after being out for a few weeks. The previous loaf had been by the front counter of Byrne Dairy, which is a regional chain of dairy-coop-owned convenience stores that started with them selling their own milk. It was a clearance pile, since it was on the last day of the sell-by range, and it was seriously still fine to toast or grill for a good few weeks.

This week, I eyed the $4ish loafs of not even fancy branded bread, and bought one of the loaves on sale for $2. Honestly, if it's going to last me a couple of weeks, the extra $2 isn't a big deal, but saving $2 here and there makes me feel better about blowing money on beer each hockey weekend. :-)
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