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This morning I found myself at 5:45 AM, standing outside Aldi in my workout clothes and doing a little dumpster dive. Not exactly the picture of myself I'd like to portray.
Now don't worry, there is (kind of?) a reason, but as hurried back in my car I thought to myself . . .
Why on earth do I do this?
I usually make a run to Walmart to price match the produce in the Aldi ad and stock up on milk once a week. Our Aldi doesn't open until 8, and I like to beat the crowds when shopping by going on my way home from the gym in the morning.
My normal pattern is to go exercise bright and early, swing by Aldi to pick up an ad (they always had a few out front in their carts, and my Walmart requires the ad to price match), and then head to Walmart for the deals. So clever of me, right???
Until this morning, when there was not a single Aldi ad in sight. (Apparently their cleaning crew did an awesome job of tidying up last night.) The only one that I could see was precisely 42 carts in, and as you Aldi shoppers know, to get to it would require me to use a quarter to un-lock 41 carts ahead of it when it was still dark outside. Not gonna happen.
I looked around (seriously y'all, I put some thought into this!), noticed a trash bin nearby (gasp!) and considered my options. I mustered every ounce of my I'm-not-really-gonna-die-from-those-germs-courage, and used exactly 1/16th inch of my pinky finger to open the lid. (Bleck!) And there it was, the blessed ad, sitting right on top of all the (quite stinky) trash.
I climbed in the car so proud of my work, slathered on some hand sanitizer, resolved to come up with a new way to get my hands on that ad, only to realize it was the month long ad that didn't include the produce prices. Seriously??? I weighed my options, sucked it up, and drove away.
Thankfully Walmart had some awesome prices on produce this morning, so it all worked out just fine.
Now, I have done some pretty ridiculous things in my time for a deal (anyone else remember the days of purchasing gas-reducing-Phazyme just to make a buck?), so I'd love to know if you're with me too. I'd like to say I've matured a bit in my penny-pinchin'-escapades and typically don't go all that far, but today I hopped on over the edge.
What about you? What's the silliest thing you've ever done to pinch a penny? I'd love to hear . . . come on folks, misery loves company you know!
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