When I travel I always like to check out the local grocery store. I’m usually replenishing supplies – normally fresh fruit or bottled water – so I have an excuse to cruise through.
Have you been to a Ruler Foods? I just found this picture mixed in with some others from Jasper, Indiana. Ruler is owned by Kroger and is basically the Kroger Company’s answer to Aldi. It’s arranged warehouse style, you rent your cart for a quarter and the prices are lower. It was a nice store and I sort of wished there was one in my area.
I don’t know why grocery stores interest me so much but they do. Is there something mundane that you always do or look for in your travels? Tell me about it in the comments!
The four cheese calzone from Aldi isn’t half bad, in case you’ve been wondering. I try not to bring processed foods into my home but it’s fun to have an occasional treat. For $1.99 and thirty minutes in the oven it’s a pretty good deal.
The “No Spend Challenge” went great this weekend! Mr. Wonderful and I engaged in some outdoor activities and enjoyed a little couch time. All free, all fun with no recreational shopping to speak of. On my way home yesterday, I tortured myself with a spin through TJ Maxx only to learn that they didn’t have one thing I wanted to buy. Nice,eh?
A quick trip through Aldi garnered $16 worth of groceries that, combined with the freezer/pantry stock should get me through the next two weeks.
Or so I thought.
Things didn’t exactly go as planned.
At home, I found a large puddle of water in front of the fridge. All of the ice from the ice maker had thawed. Funny. It’s not supposed to do that……
The compressor had blown on the fridge which is only about a decade old. A lot of food lost. Frustration mounting.
I do all this work, earn extra income and pinch pennies so that I can dig myself out of debt and maybe even…gasp….get ahead….only to fall further and further behind.
It will be ok. But now I will lose a day of productivity at work to go shop for an appliance I really can’t afford.
On the bright side, the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it feels like fall today. If Mother Nature is smiling it really can’t be so bad, right?