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    I’ll probably get a lot of ‘flak’ from others about what I’m about to say, but I’ve got a thick skin.  ;D

    As we all know, gasoline prices are increasing rapidly, where we may soon have to ride bicycles or motor scooters instead of driving cars. :'(   For a good while now
    I’ve only been going to the grocery store every two
    weeks instead of a couple of times a week. We have a freezer and we make good use of it. I buy my bread from the ‘day-old’ bread store about 8 loaves at a time and freeze it. I know that ‘enriched’ white bread does NOT freeze well, so I buy the REAL whole wheat bread, which DOES freeze well. I know what canned goods and other non-perishables I’m going to need for the next two weeks
    so I buy them as well as the meat, which I also freeze.   ;)

    Many will ask what I do about fresh vegetables. Well,  we
    just don’t buy them. At least not in large quantities. I can
    hear some of you now…”I want the very best for my family
    and the very freshest, and etc.”  Well, if you can afford the
    gasoline, keep right on doing what you’ve been doing.
    Many farmers can their vegetables for home use and I see
    no difference in buying canned from the store. All of our
    tastes are different so there’s no need to bring that argument up now.
    Combine trips! Do NOT make several trips in the car when
    one will do. Here’s an example: One of my daughters lives
    in a suburban area and the stores are roughly 5 miles
    from her home. She makes trips to the grocery store DAILY
    for food and then makes ANOTHER TRIP to get her kids from school. Do you see how much gas she is wasting?
    I’ve tried to point this out to her. If she has to pick the kids
    up anyway, why not do her shopping at the same time?   :o  She could go right before school if she doesn’t want to drag them through the store. Also, I’ve been there to dinner and she’ll say that she has to go to the store to get some milk. I told her to get it the next day…why not?
    Another thing, I told her to MAKE A GROCERY LIST. She says she does, but she leaves it hanging on the refrigerator when she goes to the store!  ??? It’s NOT doing anybody any good there! She’s always saying she forgot to get this or that   :-/