Last night, before I went to sleep, I put some mung beans to soak. This morning, I rinsed them in a couple of changes of water and boiled them, with just a bit of salt for my brunch. I had them with a spicy onion relish, known as "katta sambol", which is made by grinding onions, dry red chilies, flakes of Maldive fish (a type of dried fish), salt and lime/lemon juice to taste. I cheated, though, and didn't make my own, but helped myself from a jar of premade sambol that I had bought from the Sri Lankan store:
|Breakfast: Mung Beans and Onion Relish|
It was cloudy, today, but it didn't rain. I did some office work, went for a little bit of a walk to get some fresh air, opened a window to air out the house, picked some fresh lemons and a couple of oranges from the garden, and took a nap in the afternoon.
|Freshly Picked Oranges and Lemons|
Dinner was one of the portions of teriyaki beef from the freezer, followed by a fresh orange for dessert.
The weekly grocery sales ads were delivered in today's mail and I went through them to see what's on sale. I routinely receive the sales ads from about 10 grocery stores in my neighborhood. However, I generally frequent only two or three of the stores. It works out best for me. So, the first thing I do is toss the ads from the stores I don't go to for whatever reason. But, today, I decided to take a picture of what I usually receive and, of course, someone decided he needed to be in the picture, too:
|This Week's Grocery Ads|
"What are you doing, Mummy? Dancer help you look for deals."
|"Any Tuna on Sale, Mummy?"|
"Studying grocery ads is tiring, Mummy; Dancer rest":
One store is having 10 lb. bags of cane sugar on sale for $4.79, which is a good price. My cut off point for sugar is $.50/lb. and I have actually come to the end of my stock of sugar, so, this is a good time to buy some and stock up. The ad didn't specify a limit, so I am hoping to buy several bags and I'll be able to share some of it with my daughter, too. Flour is also on sale for this price, but I don't need flour. They have frozen battered fish fillets for $3.99/18-24 oz. bags depending on variety, and I've found these to be a good item to have on hand for a quick dinner, so I might buy a bag of that. They also have canned tuna on sale for $.69/5 oz. can, but a different store (in the opposite direction from my house) is having canned tuna on sale for $.50/can, so I might go there, instead, for the tuna.
The store with the tuna for $.50 per can is also having store brand peanut butter on sale for $.99/16 oz. jar. I at at the end of my current jar of peanut butter, and this is a good stock up price; I shall probably buy two jars - one creamy and one chunky. They also have pasta on sale for $.49/12-16 oz. packet, but one must buy six participating items to get it at that price (won't be a problem as it can be six of the same item), but I just opened two new boxes of pasta and there are six unopened boxes in the cupboard, so I think I'll give the pasta a miss.
Finally, I think I shall make a trip to one of my favorite ethnic grocery stores. They tend to have the best prices on fresh produce. This week's advertised specials include, large Granny Smith apples for $.39/lb., Gala apples for $.49/lb., papaya for $.49/lb., Bosc pears for $.49/lb. ($.99/lb. at another store), grapes for $.79/lb (priced $.99/lb and $1.99/lb. at the other stores, this week), zucchini for $.39/lb., carrots for $.33/lb., red onions for $.29/lb., and red potatoes for $.33/lb. On Tuesday, they will have chicken drumsticks on sale for $.49/lb., which will be a one-day only, special. I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday, but I can swing by afterwards, for the chicken, if I feel up to it.
"You study grocery ads, Mummy; Dancer take a nap":
Today, I am grateful for:
- A day without rain
- Fresh lemons and oranges from the garden
- Being able to work from home
- Feeling a little better
- A phone call from my friend
Tomorrow will be another relatively quiet day. I will work on office stuff and then, depending on how I feel, maybe do some grocery shopping.
How was your day? Do you, too, go through the weekly sales ads to see what's on sale each week and then, stock up or plan your weekly meals based on the week's deals? Do you stick to one or two particular stores or do you shop around for the sales?