Golden Lucy's Spiral Journal

Going on 87...Savoring and Surviving the Senior Years

Thursday, July 19, 2007

It's a Jungle Out There!

Every Wednesday I wake up with the thought, "This is the day the stores change their specials!" Some folks might suggest that I get a life, implying that bargain-hunting is a trivial pursuit. They simply don't understand the nature of the beast.

My long-time blog friends know me as Lucy-the-Intrepid-Bargain-Hunter. Picture a dense and steamy jungle crawling with hungry predators---Walmart, for example. Now imagine Lucy, pith-helmeted and armed with coupons, slipping stealthily through the aisles. Why are you laughing? This is serious business.

First off, I must be honest about our family conflict over my bargain shopping. Carole and Jack rant and rave about our overstuffed freezer. "We don't eat frozen dinners and Sara Lee desserts!" Actually, I don't either but how can I resist a 2-for-1 Marie Callender Chicken Fettucini Alfredo? I remember paying an arm and a leg for that stuff at the Marie Callender restaurants! I'd have to be insane to pass up a deal like this.

Also, the checkout cashiers are so very amiable. At King Soopers I'm gratified to hear, "I see you took advantage of our wonderful bargain on coffee. I hope you enjoy it." Actually I won't as I don't drink much of the stuff, but when a $6.99 can sells for $3.59, even a sip tastes downright delicious. Therefore I smile sweetly at the gracious cashier. "Thanks so much. I'll be back for more before the sale ends." And that's the truth.

Intrepid-Bargain-Hunter Lucy has triumphed yet again---and will be back to shop another day!