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SUPERBOWL XLIII and the Wonders of Sam's Club 
Jan. 31, 2009 6:55 pm 
Updated: Feb. 3, 2009 7:13 pm
This is how much I watch football. I had to google what XLIII stood for in Roman Numerals. OK, OK, OK! Everyone laugh because of my ignorance in NFL and Roman Numerals that are that high.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, my family decided to go to my mother-in-law's house to watch the game with them because they are downright STEELERS FANS and because we do not have ANY tv stations. Yes we do have a tv but no dish, no satelite, and no antena means no tv. As you may know, we do have internet and Netflix so that's how we watch tv.

Going back to the topic, I decided to make the following appetizers:
  1. Fruit Dip II
  2. Spinach Dip with Water Chestnuts
  3. Annie's Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips
  4. Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings
  5. Best Ever Jalapeno Poppers
I feel kind of silly because my husband Gary was suppose to go out with friends and watch the game. Since I thought I wasn't going to watch it, I decided to make the fruit salsa, fruit dip, chicken wings, and jalapeno poppers the week prior to just test them out for my own pleasure. I'm also glad I tried them out because I now know that they taste amazing!

Anyhoot, we went to Sam's Club and Kroger's today, which explains why I am writing this blog at 9:30 PM. I love Sam's Club but I couldn't believe we spent a whopping $550.00!!! This trip has been the worst so far. Oh well, I hope it lasts long. It better last long!!! To think though, we haven't been there for over 2 months (we went to Texas for the holidays and my husband has been having to take business trips for the Army during the weekends) so I guess it really isn't that bad once you think about it.

I keep getting off topic. We have lots of reasons for storing food.
  • Preparing for the end of the world.
  • Preparing for winter (which is bad where we live in West Virginia because we get stuck/isolated from the rest of the world when it snows.)
  • Convenience of having almost everything you need within your household (especially when you have 2 kids to drag around and a husband who is having to go out of town for work)
  • And my favorite, BECAUSE I WANT TO!
With all this food that we have around the house, we are running out of places to put them! First off, we have 1 King bed, 1 Full bed, and a crib. All of these places are packed with huge underbed containers full of food. The kitchen cabinets and fridge/freezer are usually packed with food. Our new pantry (which used to be a linen closet) is full of food. Last but not least, our deep freezer is stuffed with food.

With such hard times that seem to be falling on our economy, my husband and I do not feel like we are excessive but rather like to be prepared. What are your thoughts on this? Do you store bulk food around your house? If so, where do you keep them? Excluding rotating items from oldest to newest, how do you organize your excess supplies of food?
Jan. 31, 2009 8:19 pm
Wow! I cringed at my $200 bill & that was with a new cast iron pot. I would have fainted if my bill reached $550 & my debit card would have melted! You are lucky you had that much to spend.
Jan. 31, 2009 9:09 pm
I know right? My husband kept counting off, "$15o.00. Now up to $220.00. I'm sure we're going to top $450.00. Now up to $350.00. Ummmm. Oh man we still have my (husband's) cart and we have the flours, sugar, and diapers on the bottom of your cart. I think we're actually going to top $500.00. $440.00." (CASHIER STARTS TO DO HIS CART). "Ok. I know there's at least $100.00 left. $500.00........TOTAL $552.00. Well at least we don't do this every month!!!"
Jan. 31, 2009 9:13 pm
We bought alot of food but we also bought diapers, which were the most expensive item out off all of them, 3 play dresses for my 12 month old for the upcoming Spring, and matching dresses for both daughters for Easter. Also, we made sure we had money before we left and we found out he already got paid for February 1 pay day!!!
Feb. 1, 2009 4:43 am
I agree with Scotdog I think I would faint if my bill was over $500. I know my hubby would blow a gastic. But if it is only once a month I guess thats not bad at all. I really don't know where I would store all that, sounds like you are doning a good job .
Feb. 1, 2009 8:34 am
I'm sure I spend that much or more every month, it just has to come out of 2 different paychecks. It's easy to do at Sams, most items are around $10, but last forever. I go in phases, one time I buy all the canned items, next all our meats, next toiletries & so on.
Feb. 1, 2009 1:26 pm
We have Costco in Southern California, and I really try to limit my visits there. I only go once or twice every couple of months. My husband and I put a lot of things in our cart, but we pull over before checking out to evaluate what we have and put some things back.
Feb. 2, 2009 5:14 am
For my family, I try not to go too many times to Sam's Club. Once a month trips are usually a little over $300.00 for toiletries, diapers, food, and clothes. I buy my almost 1 year old clothes there because they are the cheapes and she ALWAYS gets them stained.
Feb. 2, 2009 5:15 am
Also, we always go with a list and usually stay within that limit.
Feb. 3, 2009 8:28 am
We also have no TV and had to google what the roman numerals meant. Sad to say we forgot that math lesson years ago. We did however remember the first game was in 1966 or so and had figured out the code before our googler had finished. We watched because our friends turn off the sound and we use an I-pod shuffle for background as we create our own play-by-play commentaries. We laughed a lot. I avoid Costco, Sam's and the like because I can't go in and not overspend my budgeted amount. It helps that we grow most of our food and connect with other farmers for a source of sustainably grown meats. It also helps that our children are grown and so don't demand their peers' interests at the store. We do a lot of food storage ourselves between freezing and canning. So our grocery bills are limited to tolietries and medicine along with some essential ingredients I just don't feel like making at home. Coffee just doesn't grow in our neck of the woods.
Feb. 3, 2009 7:13 pm
Well as far as NFL goes, I knew the Cowboys had won 5 so far but that's because I lived in that area for so long. I try to grow my own foods but with a yard size of 0.25 acreas, you just can't do too much with that.
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