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Please don't remind me that I'm poor; I'm having too much fun pretending I'm simply "living green" like everyone else these days.


Monday, February 1, 2010

Green peppers cost how much? Yikes!

I spent most of yesterday chopping up green peppers.... 

and red, yellow, orange peppers for the freezer.

It may not look like it in the photo but those are large bowls of peppers. About 6 months worth as often as I use them in cooking. It was a deal from the discount bin I just couldn't resist. Have you seen the price of foods lately?

I have to admit my daughter was right. No way I can continue to replenish our food pantry on only $10 per week. Not these days anyway. Each time I go to the grocery it seems like the cost of everything on my list has skyrocketed since the trip a couple of weeks before. Don't get me wrong, I don't buy convenience foods. I'm talking about the cost of staples, fresh veggies, and fresh fruits getting higher and higher.

Peppers sold for about .20 cents each only 3 or 4 years ago. They are selling for between $1 and $1.20 each these days. I got about 30 peppers from the discount bin for $5. That's a big savings. I just happened to get to the store as these were put into the bin. I didn't take all of them because that would be too greedy. I left plenty for other shoppers.

Did I hear the media right? They are reporting the economy is getting better? I don't believe it! So long as my food dollar buys less and less they will never convince me the economy is getting better. You know what? It was a lot easier to be poor when my kids were young. Fewer people depended on the discount bin back then. I could take everything from the bin and no one would care. These days people are snatching and grabbing as soon as discount food is put out. (scary!) This makes me even more determined than ever to have myself a victory garden in the spring. I plan to grow what I can in a very small space. Heck, if I only grew peppers I will save myself quite a bit of money.


Anonymous said...

Morning Anita. When you freeze these, do you freeze them flat on a cookie sheet?? Great Idea. Thanks.

Anita Estes said...

Hi, yes, I do flash freeze on a cookie sheet. I keep the cookie sheet in the freezer even when it's not being used. That way it's already cold when I do use it.