Monday, January 9, 2012


It's January, and that's the month where all the Christmas bills come due. So, if I can save a buck or two here or there, I'm more likely to.

So, today, I took a lunch when I went to work. It was a Hormel microwavable meal, and it was about $2 or so. Some of them taste pretty good (some don't) and it's cheaper than hitting the drive-thru somewhere.

While eating my meal, I notice that the outer paper on the meal had a coupon for 55₵ off some canned chicken. "Whoop-do-do," I thought. Then, I saw on the bottom on the paper, a recipe that used the canned chicken. It was for the Buffalo Chicken Dip.

"Hmmm," I thought, "maybe that would be okay. And there's a game tonight. Hmmm."

So, I clipped the coupon and pulled off the recipe. I figured I'd stop by the Winn-Dixie on the way to the house and get ready for the game.

When I got to the Winn-Dixie, I called Wife and asked her about the other ingredients.

"We got any cream cheese?" No.

"How about Ranch dressing?" No.

"Shredded cheese?" Just a little.

"Buffalo wing sauce?" Nope.

"Chips?" Ummm, no.

So, I needed to buy everything. Oh, and some celery, because someone eats celery. (I don't.)

I loaded the shopping cart with exactly what I needed, plus picked up a 12-pack of Cokes.

That totaled ... $39.21.

For chips and dip.

For a football game that doesn't even feature my team.

From a recipe on the packing of the meal I ate in order to save money.

This saving money is going to break my wallet.

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