Unfortunately for those who are retired with SS as a source of income, there will be no increase in January. Blame it on the plummeting prices of oil these past couple of months.
So I have my grocery list and coupons all ready for the monthly trip to Market Basket. So like others such as myself who are on a limited income, I will be heading out the door around 6:45 a.m. and be at the ready when they unlock the doors. This is a holiday weekend, the last for summer, and the store will be jammed on Thursday and Friday.
I still have a freezer half filled with meat from last month's shopping. I don't know if it has been the 90ºF. heat weather we have bee getting so much on lately, but I simply have no appetite. Even Pirate hasn't been eating very much. I would rather have a bowl of steamed veggies than meat.
I make up my list throughout the month. I keep it on my computer and a pad of paper beside it. I will write down any item I may run out of or think of needing or wanting for the next month's list. Then a couple of days before I am to go shopping, I will go over the list and hit all the coupon sites. If the coupon off is still more than the house brand, I don't use it. Flour, sugar and other daily household food items are mostly house brands for me. The most I have ever cut off my grocery list is $39.00.