Stop Yelling “Echo” into my Refrigerator!

by Katy on December 2, 2010 · 12 comments

Yesterday was a busy day for me. Not only did I work, but I also needed to do a big grocery shop as we had finally finished up the bulk of our Thanksgiving leftovers, and the inside of the fridge was so empty that tourists were starting to show up to yell the word “echo” into it. (Which wouldn’t be so bad, except that they kept tracking mud into the house.)

Luckily, I had a fresh $10 off $50 Safeway coupon to use, so I gathered up my reusable bags and drove out into the dark and rainy night. Here’s what I bought:

  • Box of 100 Red Rose tea bags
  • Bag of pretzels
  • One can of evaporated milk
  • One box of lasagna noodles
  • One can of “Pam” style spray canola oil. (If I don’t use this, I have to use cupcake liners for muffins)
  • Three boxes of Raisin Bran*
  • One box of Grape Nuts*
  • One can of pumpkin puree
  • Two pound bag of shredded mozarella
  • Half gallon of whole milk
  • Two cans of concentrated orange juice
  • Four loaves of bread
  • One pound of bacon
  • Two packages of shrimp
  • One avocado
  • One tomato
  • One head of romaine lettuce
  • A pound and a half of brussel sprouts
  • Two mangos
  • A ten pound bag of potatoes
  • One pound of deli ham (Dinner was two huge sub-style sandwiches on nice french bread)

* = Used a coupon.

In all I spent $46.76, plus received a coupon for $2 off my next orange juice purchase. Although it was the last thing I was in the mood to do last night, I’m happy I got the shopping over with. Now, I have enough dinner ingredients for a number of meals, plus those pesky tourists will stop mucking up my house.

Now, if I could only find my mop . . . .

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Joe December 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

sorry to hear you’re so anti-tourist. i had hoped to make the famed non-consumer house a stop on my portland trip (right after Powell’s and Goodwill of course)

Joe from the compact.


Melissa December 2, 2010 at 9:45 am

I want to know how you manage to only buy half a gallon of milk with two growing boys!


Katy December 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

The whole milk is actually for my husband’s coffee. We buy gallons of fat-free milk from New Season’s.



Barb @ 1 Sentence Diary December 2, 2010 at 10:21 am

Looks delicious! What time is dinner? I don’t want to be late. 🙂


Katy December 2, 2010 at 10:24 am


Dinner is whenever you get here. I’ll hide the bacon, ham and shrimp. 😉



Barb @ 1 Sentence Diary December 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm

No worries — not only do we completely not care if you have bacon, ham, and shrimp, we’ll even eat those things if you serve them to us. I’ll start planning the trip…


602Laura December 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Wow–nice haul for 47 bucks! The bread looks really good–what kind is it?


Katy December 2, 2010 at 12:49 pm

The bread is actually kind of crappy Safeway brand “8 grains,” which was on sale for 99¢ apiece. My husband I like like the super grainy Dave Killer Bread, which we buy at the bakery outlet, but the kids balk at it.



Dmarie December 3, 2010 at 9:16 am

cute post & amazing amount of food for the bucks!


Rachel December 3, 2010 at 10:36 am

Lots of food for the price paid! Have you ever tried using regular Canola oil to grease your muffin pans? Just rub a dab of it along the edges. This way you don’t have to buy an extra product (spray); just use the oil already on hand for cooking.


Deb December 5, 2010 at 12:19 am

but…but…where’s the lard, and the white flour, and the cookies and cakes and pies!? Seriously, good job Katy. And I’m SO glad you’re still here with us.

p.s. what’s a mop? :o)


PoppyEcho March 8, 2015 at 8:29 am

Since cupcake liners are just waxed paper, I let the dog eat them. No waste!


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