Have you noticed in recent years that cheap laundry soap & dish washing soaps have pretty much disappeared off store shelves? Remember the days before HE (high efficiency) laundry soap, you could buy varieties of it in huge boxes? And the same with laundry soaps. Getting to the point: I noticed a few years back I was always buying more dish soap. Then I started buying refill jugs & saved quite a bit on that. Finally I realized I was sometimes filling the sink with soapy water 6 times a day. YES! I got in the habit of washing utensils & pots while cooking a meal. Then I’d let the water get cold while I watched a TV show or movie. Then I let the water out, ran more hot water & washed the rest of the dishes. One day (perhaps I had been boiling water for tea) I had a large amount of hot water I could have poured down the drain. Instead, I added it to the soapy water in the sink. Ta da, everything was great! I know we have better grease-cutting soaps now (Dawn and Wal*Mart knockoff) so we can wash in cold water. But my soap usage has dramatically gone down. Save yourself about $20 per year.
Grocers are getting fancy nowadays. Before this fancification began, your greens (kale, collards, radishes) were dry and dirty. I liked them this way. Now, many times, they have sprayers and sprinklers going. The produce area is like a rain forest. I have to pick up my selection and whip the water out of it. Then I shove it in a bag, getting my hands & the buggy wet. Usually I put them on the bottom shelf of the buggy. It is probably the grubbiest area of the buggy, but I don’t want to get everything else wet. Now I take it home and cook it within 24 hours or it starts to rot. it is really gross. I don’t go to the store every day & this can mean waste. I understand they want their stuff to look fresh and glistening, but believe me, DRY & DIRTY is the most economical. Think about it.
Wal*mart does try to keep things clean. They have those handi-wipe things at the front door. I noticed early in the morning (if you are an early bird shopper) these stands have disappeared. I figured out some employee is restocking them in the back & they will re-appear. AHA! As you fill your buggy, spin by the sanitation stand in the meat area (see my last posting) and they usually have the wipes there. I said ‘usually.’ One day I was there & all 3 stations were empty. Also early bird shoppers DO find marked down meat at Wal*Mart. I used to read this & now that I am retired I find it true many times. Check them out, read the expiration dates & maybe save a bit of $$.