My $3.00 Bag Of Books

2019-07-12 Thrift store 3.00 bag of books

About once a month, I have a few thrift stores that I visit to check for book deals. There are specific types of books that I hunt for:
– Easy readers, chapter books, and young adult fiction for our local school library
– Christian paperback books (fiction and non-fiction that men would enjoy)  for a local prison ministry
– Reader’s Digest Condensed books for a family member who loves those short reads
– A few good fiction and biography books for myself

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About That Grocery-Shopping…


Over the past few years, I’ve contemplated household finances and our budget quite a bit. As we’ve tracked our spending, one truth comes up over and over: our grocery-store visits are one of our biggest expenses.

Even with a very simple life-style, and staying out of most stores, it’s too easy to put extra items that look good into my shopping cart. Then the bill at the cash register comes out higher than expected, but I figure, hey it’s food – we’ll use it up and spend less next week. But a couple days later, I notice a few items that just didn’t make it onto my simple grocery list, and I end up running to the store again. Not good!

Last year I came up with what I thought was a pretty good basic shopping list. But it was not complete enough, so I was still missing things and making extra trips to the store. Today I sat down and made a much more thorough list that was still able to fit on one sheet of paper. Hopefully this will help me nail down everything I need for the week, so I get everything in one shot and nothing I don’t need!

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