When the bambino started school, we had a parent meeting to go over some of the things in the school, what the kids would be doing throughout the day, getting to know the teacher, and signing up for committees, if one was so inclined. I have enough going on between the blog and regular work, so I took the easy way out…If food or desserts are needed, I’ll buy or make something. Parent/Teacher conferences are starting tomorrow night, and a group sent out requests for items for a meal for the teachers–They’ll be there late, and won’t have time to dash out for dinner. One of the things I said I’d bring was a dozen Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
So very very good. And the cinnamon in the cream cheese frosting is subtle–These aren’t super-pumpkin-pie-spicy or anything.
Yesterday, we popped down to Sioux Falls. I’ve been chomping at the bit to go since the beginning of the month (which I know, was only 3 weeks ago), when Costco opened. So we headed down to get our membership cards and shop!
All that was $120, and a couple things aren’t pictured. One is a second case of bottled water, which will be going to the school along with the cupcakes. Another is a treat the bambino picked out that may end up being a Christmas present for someone.
Begin the research nerd that I am, I spent a couple hours online, reading other bloggers, to try and get some idea what the good deals are and aren’t. Those 4 dozen eggs (I think) were a good deal…They’re organic, and each pack was $1.97. In essence, I got 4 dozen organic eggs for a dollar a dozen. Considering they’re $3/dozen at Hy-Vee, I think that was a good deal. I also think the milk was a good deal. $2.95/gallon, for 2%. At Hy-Vee, it’s $4.18/gallon. Granted, it’s conventional milk, but since Buttercrust Bakery is no more, I can’t get Burbach’s here in town anymore. Still, I think like a lot of things here in Brookings, the price of milk is incredibly inflated. When I tell people back home what it costs, they croak! Which is what I do anytime I have to buy it at the grocery store. If I can get it for $3/gallon, I’ll stock up and make the room in my fridge for 4 or 5 gallons at a time!
The other good deal I thought was the ground beef. $3.29/lb. for 88/12 (lean/fat percentage) beef–I think, and I got just shy of 6 pounds. I divided it up using my kitchen scale, and froze most of it. But that will last us a couple weeks. I’m debating on going back down on Friday, when it’s a little less jam-packed, to actually take my time in going through the store, and picking up some of the things I forgot! In the future, I’d like to make monthly stock-up trips, but I think it’s going to take me a little while to figure out a process.