Monday, July 9, 2012
Hotter than the Fourth of July
The Fourth of July was a beautiful day. If you were in the shade it was in the nineties and it didn't feel too hot although I wouldn't have run a marathon in the sun or hoisted hay bales or anything like that. We ended up going to a neighbor's place for a rib cook off.
The last two days have been ridiculous hot. 104F yesterday and 100F today. I had to go to town for some groceries and believe me I was sitting at the front door when Costco opened. Fortunately, they opened at 9:30 which is half and hour early. They do that when it is going to be ridiculous hot out. Yeah!!!!
Of course, even though I said I was on a tight budget, I saw something I couldn't live without as I came in the door. A four slice toaster. When I looked at toasters at Christmas time, I didn't buy one because they were around $80 for a four slice toaster. WTF? You say. Yeah, that's what I said, too.
Well, a Kitchenaid toaster was $40. Our old four slice toaster has been a two slice toaster for quite some time now. Like a year. So, like any frugal person, I said, "Hey, so it is a little inconvenient and one person has sort of cold toast, bagel or bun by the time I get done with two sets of bread." Not anymore:)
Hubby likes that protein powder but it has gotten to the point where I don't know if I want to buy it anymore. A bag was $50. I am not kidding! It has more than doubled in price since he started drinking it several years ago. The good news is that he drinks it for breakfast and it does last a couple of months. Since he has to wait a full hour after taking his thyroid medication, this has been the best way for him to eat breakfast on the way to work. So efficient and cost effective on that level.
Since it has gotten so hot I picked up some easy and fast to cook foods. I got laundry soap and automatic dishwasher soap. Bagels and ham for sandwiches. Cheerios and milk for breakfast. TP because if I have less than a two month supply I seem to go into panic attacks:) Nothing too fancy this trip.
No 7-up sodas. I have been mixing up the lemonade from powder. Not only is it not fructose, I drink less of it and it is cheaper. Trying to lose weight or at least not gain anymore. Now if I could only cut back on/quit smoking.
I bought a bale of timothy and it was $18.75 but it was a little over $20 with tax. The last bale of orchard grass I bought was pretty crappy. Rocks in it and weeds with large stick stems. I don't want the mini horse eating that. I'll feed the rest of that bale of orchard grass to the goats. They think they are getting a treat.
Naturally, the absurd price of timothy at the feed store motivated me. When I got home, I got back on Craig's List. We had two twine hay lined up in Washoe Valley for $7 a bale but that fell through. I called on the eighth since they were supposed to be baling on the seventh. She got really weird, asked me how I found out she had hay. I told her Hubby called her from CL and she said she would be baling on the seventh. She said the equipment broke and don't call us we'll call you. Okay??!!! I get it, you are getting a better price or you are just paranoid.
I called on some hay in Washoe Valley that is $10 a bale but it is fairly heavy two wire bales so at least as good a deal as the other stuff. It is grass hay with a little bit of alfalfa mixed in. He feeds it to his horses. I like the smaller bales better than the big ones because they are easier to move around. He said call him tomorrow morning and come get it tomorrow evening. Looks like he will help Hubby load. Let's hope this works out since even if we pay $50 in gas it will be $12.50 per bale instead of $20 per bale. I'll still need to pick up some alfalfa but it looks like I might be able to get that for a better price this year. One load of hay at a time, I suppose.