Photo: Great grandparents at their farm in Blandinsville, IL, with five of their six children .. my grandpa was yet a twinkle in grandma's eye. Stable boy and governess also pictured. Hodges farm, circa 1903-4
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Tunnel Vision At The Market
Today is budgeting and market day. Alone! I'm taking a gamble and withdrawing an entire month's worth of grocery money today. Cash is harder to part with than swiping a debit card. $350 is the budgeted amount ... a bit tight ... especially with Easter dinner. Shopping at Sprawlmart was horrible. A sea of people. Stacks upon stacks ... row upon row of needless junk and packaged goods calling out from every isle and corner. People milling around throwing junk in their carts without a second thought. I took a peek down the candy isle and was shocked to see the crowds of people AND the nearly 1,000 items of Easter 'goodies' to choose from. This place truly is one big fat FAKE food warehouse! And people wonder why there is an obesity problem in the USA. Today's purchase was small ... for the size of the store; all whole food items .. and a bottle of hot sauce. A quick stop at Costco and a local specialty butcher shop ... then home. If it wasn't for my tight budget ... I'd have skipped Sprawlmart altogether. How do you maneuver the 'shark infested waters' of the market?