Sunday has turned into my grocery day since I started my household chores chart. This allows me to top up for the upcoming week, as needed, and to take advantage of any specials. Today was no different. I bought the following at Shoprite:
-8 boxes of Ronzini pasta (spaghetti, mini shells, ditallini, large sized elbows-new item)@ 88, 2 bottles All detergent @$1.99 after sale plus cpn, 2 bottles Snuggle liquid fabric softener @ $1.99 (same), 4 12 oz pkgs Manischewitz egg noodles @ 79, 1 2 l SR cola @ 88, 2 2 L Canada dry @ 99,
2 cans each no salt SR can corn, gr beans @ 50 cents, red leaf lettuce and Romaine by the head, 3 Butternut squash @ 79, tote of MacIntosh apples @ 99, 2 red onions.
Once again, some of my produce is Canadian
2 loaves Arnold bread @99 cents after sale + cpns, croisants, apple turnoevers,1 pkg fzn waffles @ 99, 2 bottom round beef roasts @ $2.49/lb, . Heavy cream, 2 tubs ice cream @ $2.50, a 2 lb blocks mozzarella, 1 2 lb tub ricotta, doz eggs (free after store plus manufacturer cpn), oj.
I paid $84.14, after saving $9.80 in coupons. Nice.
What left me pondering was the scenario ahead of me: a Dad with a tween daughter apparently shopping for the upcoming week, at least a few day's worth. There was boneless chicken, a frozen pizza, meat, veg in mini cans, canned spaghettios, fzn dessert items. I saw what was being placed on the conveyer belt and I was mentally saying to myself, "that would be a lot cheaper if you . . . ". Dad bought Egglands eggs. Nothing wrong with them, not even the free range or organic ones, just regular eggs. Meanwhile, the LOL eggs had a coupon, making them 99 cents. Perdue ck tenders, when other cuts were a lot cheaper, such as the Perdue drums @ 88/lb.He did buy the Mozzarella brand on sale, but took the 8 oz block when the 16 oz was 1/2 price. Appeared that the ad wasn't looked at, no price comparison, no store brands, no coupons, no list (he discovered fresh broccoli in the cart after putting a pkg of fzn on the belt, then asked DD to return the fresh as it was a duplication). I guestimated he would be totaled at about $200. I wasn't far off, It was $193 and change.
As it turns out, he paid with food stamps-no judgement here, they exist to help those in need. Fine. I have no way of knowing his family's personal circumstances, etc. What got me was he had to put something like $59 on a CC for taxables/non EBT items (the $6.49 dog toy for example) but those were choices he and his DD made as they shopped. My point is that some common sense, basic home economics needs to be diseminated here. The monies would have gone a LOT further. 4 cans of spaghettios must be at least $4. A box of Ronzoni is 88 this week, add a jar of store brand sauce for $1-less than 1/2 of what he paid and he'd get many (at least 4) meals out of it. The small cans would feed just the DD. Education is the key, I don't think CT requires any classes for SNAP recipients. This Dad bought some healthier, well rounded meal choices. He didn't use his resources, IMO, as well as he could have. There are still 12 days left to the month.