How to Spend $68 for a Can of Pumpkin

The girls are having a medieval feast at school tomorrow, and I signed up to bring wheat bread, a pumpkin loaf, and cloth napkins. I made the bread this morning and will dig out the cloth napkins two minutes before we leave tomorrow. I didn’t have a single can of pumpkin in the house which is weird because I usually stockpile that stuff when it goes on sale and then never use it. Looks like I used it all last year.

So on the way home from choir practice tonight I stopped by the store to get a $0.67 can of pumpkin, only I really needed two, so twice that. While in, though, I thought, “Hmm, I wonder if they have turkeys on sale.” Sure enough they did, but the catch was that you had to spend $50 in other items to get the cheap turkey. So yes I did. I ran around the store with three kids (did I mention we had someone coming over to our house to meet with us and I was afraid he was going to beat me there?) finding $50 of stuff we actually needed so that I could get the cheap (cheap is relative; in Colorado Springs they always sold turkeys for a flat $5 with an additional purchase. Here they go for $0.67/pound which adds up to a lot more than $5 per turkey, but I digress…) turkey.

We checked out and made it home with a whole stash of unplanned groceries exactly 45 seconds before one of our church elders pulled up. Whew!

And that’s how you spend $68 for a can of pumpkin.

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8 thoughts on “How to Spend $68 for a Can of Pumpkin

  1. Chelsea says:

    Um, my turkey was free this year (and last year, and every year I’ve lived in San Antonio). I love HEB, our local grocery chain, which also provided my first real job after college in their advertising department. But back to the free turkey… Every week HEB has a “Meal Deal” where, for example, if you buy bacon and OJ you get free eggs, sweet rolls, and two other random items. For Thanksgiving, it’s buy a ham (which I stashed in the freezer) and get a free turkey and about $20 of other holiday-type foods. Seriously the best grocery store in the country.

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  2. Lindsey @ enjoythejourney says:

    Just so you don’t beat yourself up too badly, this happens to me every time I walk into Walmart. (thus my reason of detesting that place!)
    I can go in for a 3 foot drop cord and some milk, and somehow I walk out with enough groceries for a small army, a new book, a gift to hoarde for Christmas, and everything BESIDES the drop cord. Which constitutes another trip to Walmart, and well, it happens all over again. 🙂

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  3. Janet says:

    Hey there,
    I love your blog, I’m so glad you commented on mine so I could find yours! I should have images ready for you to view early dec. I’ll try and get cd’s out to all the families so they can use the photos as christmas gifts. The pics turned out really great!

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  4. BJ says:

    How is it possible to buy a turkey for $.67/lb???? Cheap here is $1.29/lb. And that’s usually one of those “this store only/one day only” sales. It amazes me that it’s that cheap.

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  5. Chelsea says:

    Um, my turkey was free this year (and last year, and every year I’ve lived in San Antonio). I love HEB, our local grocery chain, which also provided my first real job after college in their advertising department. But back to the free turkey… Every week HEB has a “Meal Deal” where, for example, if you buy bacon and OJ you get free eggs, sweet rolls, and two other random items. For Thanksgiving, it’s buy a ham (which I stashed in the freezer) and get a free turkey and about $20 of other holiday-type foods. Seriously the best grocery store in the country.

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  6. Lindsey @ enjoythejourney says:

    Just so you don’t beat yourself up too badly, this happens to me every time I walk into Walmart. (thus my reason of detesting that place!)
    I can go in for a 3 foot drop cord and some milk, and somehow I walk out with enough groceries for a small army, a new book, a gift to hoarde for Christmas, and everything BESIDES the drop cord. Which constitutes another trip to Walmart, and well, it happens all over again. 🙂

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  7. Janet says:

    Hey there,
    I love your blog, I’m so glad you commented on mine so I could find yours! I should have images ready for you to view early dec. I’ll try and get cd’s out to all the families so they can use the photos as christmas gifts. The pics turned out really great!

    Like

  8. BJ says:

    How is it possible to buy a turkey for $.67/lb???? Cheap here is $1.29/lb. And that’s usually one of those “this store only/one day only” sales. It amazes me that it’s that cheap.

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