Happy Tuesday

Food Chat

It’s a pretty good thing I am not paid to blog, I missed my 3 p.m. deadline today. We took a fun tour of the local SPCA (animal shelter) and took a not so fun trip to Fresh & Easy. The kids and I were tired, hungry and I didn’t enjoy being back at the grocery store only two days after my last trip. I left coffee out of my Sunday shopping trip and let’s just be clear, I don’t care if we were all exhausted, I have priorities. We made it home in almost one piece and I successfully put three people down for a nap.

Naps!

So, here I am blogging at 3 p.m., Hawaii time. Uh, I think.

Let me start with some important stuff, like coffee. The Fresh & Easy Organic French Roast is really good and it is only $6.88 a pound. They have had a sale going on for a while on The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, but I really think F&E’s brand tastes better. Peet’s is still my favorite, but $10.99 a pound is hard to justify, when $6.88 is almost just as good.

We load ours in a refillable Keurig cup. My pal Jody reminded me today how disappointing most of the Keurig cups can be. The  coffee is weaker and pretty pricy. The Solofill saves the day! You can order one on Amazon for about $13 right now. Every morning I rinse out the old grinds, dump in some new and off I go. It is much less trouble than I thought it would be.

In other coffee news, I have an urgent message from  Starbucks.

Grab a friend and head to a participating Starbucks® store – because November 17-20 from 2-5 p.m., when you buy one holiday drink, you’ll get another one of equal or lesser value for ree. Take your pick of your most-loved holiday beverages, including Peppermint Mocha, new skinny Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte, Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog Latte.

I’ve got one friend signed up already, right Meg?

The bogo offer came in my email and was under a banner for Starbucks Rewards. I’m not sure if this offer is only good for Reward card holders or for Jenny Q. Public. If you don’t have a bux rewards card, get one! Let me warn you though, having a button on your phone to instantly add money to your Starbucks card can be very dangerous.The perks of free drinks on special days, free refills on drip coffee and iced tea and free syrups is so much fun, it is almost worth my smartphone induced checking account pain.

Back to Fresh & Easy. On Sunday I bought one their advertised Jenny-O frozen turkeys for .59 cents a pound. I think I spent a little more than $7 and earned the easy 500 points. With all my points from Sunday, I had a $9 coupon to use today. When I left the store, one of the employees handed me a $10 coupon, good through December. Don’t leave F&E without one (or two) of these! You’ll have to spend $50 to use it, but it can be stacked with the coupons that come in the mail AND with your points! Think about that for uno momento, I can usually spend $150 for a full cart easily. With $8 in mailer coupons, $10 with this bonus coupon and $9 (or more) with Friend points, I can take $27 off the top of my bill. That’s a great deal for a store with already fairly low prices.

By the way, do you think this will fit in my stocking?

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