Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I had to say goodbye to Triscuits and Wheat Thins yesterday. It was a hard breakup. I've been in love with those little crackers for over two years now. But enough was enough.
Why did I say goodbye to my beloved cracker? Because the "new low price" on the shelf at Kroger's was $3.85 a box.
Six months ago, the "new low price" of this same box of crackers was $1.70.
That is a markup of more than 125 percent in just six months time.
Is anyone else concerned about the rising cost of groceries? The rising cost of everything?
I said goodbye to Triscuits and hello to new generic brand. Generic brand was $1.50 a box, and I am happy to report that they are delicious.
Last week, I read the book "Enough" by Adam Hamilton. A friend had recommended this book, as they had read it together in her church. If you are a listener of Dave Ramsey, then you will like this book. It highlights some of Dave's principles while showing a biblical approach to life and finances.
I think my favorite part of the book was found in the first chapter. It is called the contentment prayer, and it is something I need to pray on a daily basis. Here it is:
"Lord, help me to be grateful for what I have, to remember that I don't need most of what I want, and that joy is found in simplicity and generosity."
I confess, I have wandering eyes that cast their glance upon pretties, and instantly I think "I want that!" Pretty papers, pretty stamps, pretty clothing, pretty houses, pretty gardens. So many pretties! Half the time, I don't need, I just want.
My friend, Beth and I, were talking last week about this crazy economy. We both agreed that hard times can cause us to look at our wants and needs differently. We can embrace thrift and find value, rather than embracing a throwaway mentality. We can learn to drive by the Starbucks and go home and make a cup of coffee. And we can share our good finds with friends and family.
This week, I picked up my neglected stitching. I've been working on "Live Simply" for a while, and I was nearly done with the lettering when I found an error in this pattern. I contacted Linda at Lizzie Kate, and she did indeed confirm the mistake. The two green threads in the chart got transposed. The darker Moss thread should be the "S", while the lighter Scuppernong thread should be the "m" and "y". So I pulled out a few stitches and began again. I hope to have it finished soon. I need a daily reminder to Live Simply!
So tell me, what are you doing to trim your grocery budget and to Live Simply? I'd love to hear your suggestions!