The old Cheap Bastid hasn’t been around for a while. There’s a couple of reasons for this. I’m unemployed and looking for work again and just haven’t had the inspiration to do much writing about anything, let alone food (even though I’m cooking every day now). And second, I created a new website called Cheap-Bastid-Cooks where I’m working to move some of my old posts over and put some new content up.
But I’m always interested in spending less and eating just as well, if not better. A couple of weeks ago, I took this picture after we got home from a weekly “run” to Costco. And this is what Cheap Bastid is all about.
Now, here’s what’s cool about this picture. Want to save money? Sure you do. Sometimes you need to buy in bulk. It also helps to be able to do some real basic math in your head.
At my usual grocery store, I spend $1.99 for a 1 quart bottle of canola oil when it’s on special or $2.49 at “full price”. At grocery store prices, this 5 quart just would set you back $10. Costco price is $7. You’re getting the equivalent of a bottle and a half free. So, this is definitely a “stock up” item worth buying.
Now, the Jimmy Dean sausage is a good deal too—just not quite as good as the oil. This is 3 lbs. of breakfast sausage. At Costco, this package is $2.23 a pound. On special at the grocery store you might find the “store brand” sausage for $2.75 to $3.00. Sou you’re getting almost half a pound free—and it’s better sausage.
OK, here’s a bonus. I bought this at my grocery store for $6. It’s 188 ounces or the equivalent of 4 bottles of the same detergetnt in its regular size which sells for $1.99. In other words, I got 4 jugs for the price of 3. It’s just a matter of storing the extra.
Last, but not least—sadly, I have given up my beloved Vernor’s Ginger Ale in the cause of frugality. For years I’ve bought a 2 liter bottle a week for $1.99. Now I can’t afford the luxury. Dammit.
In today’s world, you just have to save money wherever you can.
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That’s the Cheap Bastid Way: Eat Good. Eat Cheap. Be Grateful!