Today has certainly been quite a day so far.
Yesterday, the transmission on our 1999 Honda Odyssey minivan let us know that it was about done. We were warned about 1 1/2 year ago that the transmission might be going, but we were able to make it 1 1/2 years, so we are happy. The last month or so the minivan had been showing more and more signs of transmission problems, so my husband already went around and got the best estimates, so he knew exactly where to take the car yesterday.
My husband is not happy to be without the minivan for a few days, as it is his work car and he drives a lot with his work. Today he is taking it a bit easy, since he has to rely on rides.
My oldest son is home sick today, so that saved me from having to take him to school this morning. I am sure he will be ready for school tomorrow though, but if my husband keeps the little ones at home, I can quickly take him there.
Of course I had planned out the grocery list and everything already, and there were a couple of great deals I was not going to miss out on. Since my husband was taking it easy, I left the two big boys at home with him, and at 8 a.m. I left the house with the baby in the stroller.
The closest Publix is about 1.6 miles from us, but I decided it was a good chance to finally do some speed walking, since I do not walk very fast when my toddler is with me.
I made it there in a little less than an hour, and I quickly found everything on my grocery list.
A couple of the best deals of the day were baby food and zip lock bags.
Beech Nut baby food is normally $0.53 per jar. I got 32 jars, which would normally have been $16.96. The baby food was on BOGO (Buy one Get One Free) sale though, so the price ended up being $8.48. To get the best price possible I used 1 x $1.50 Publix coupon and 2 x $2 Manufacturer's coupons making it $2.98 for 32 jars or 9 cents each.
It was quite a sight to see me drag home more than 150 dollars worth of groceries (of course I didn't pay that much). We made it home in one piece though, and thanks to chilly Florida temperatures the food made it too.
I saved a whole bunch of money, spent a bit, I walked more than 3 miles, found 30 coke points, picked up 4 free newspapers with coupons, and I even got to spend some rare quite time without my big boys.
You can see more details about my grocery deals at Frugality Is Free.
How far do you have to the nearest grocery store?