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In addition to being within walking distance of my house, another cool thing about Fred Meyer is that you don’t need a membership card or cut coupons to get their store sales. Anyone walking in off the street will get all posted discounts (save for manufacturer’s coupons) at checkout. The one drawback of this system is that they don’t give you a “total $ saved” summary on your receipt like they do at Safeway,  making the rewards of shopping there more transparent, but it is what it is. You’ll just have to take my word for all the good deals.

Yesterday was a beautiful and very sunny day here in Portland. Mark and I decided to walk to brunch then  to see the new Woody Allen movie (A-)  and enjoy the theatre’s air conditioning out on 82nd. That ended up being a great way to spend the day but also entailed a 7 mile walk. By the time I got home, I felt good/happy but also had a sunburn, sweat rings, and was starving. It’s also the 4th of July weekend, so this is what I bought for dinner:

For $18.57 I got a week’s worth of green salad, pasta salad, cherries, veggie sausage and buns for grilling. So basically, it is entirely possible to get all your fruits and veggies, eat like a total (vegan) yuppie and fully enjoy the 4th of July for well under $20. If you take out the cherries, it ends being a way better deal, but cherries are worth splurging  on, in my opinion, and even cheaper this week!! Sale items are bolded. Others are just every day good deals @ FM.

Fred Meyer whole wheat whole grain salad rotini: $.99 @ 1/12 oz box
1 Organic Green Pepper $.99 @ 2.99/lb
1 Sweet Onion $.89 @ 0.99/ lb
2 cucumbers $1.00 @ 2/1.00
Red Leaf Lettuce $1.00 @ 5/5.00
Pepperoncini $2.00 @ 2/4.00
Vlassic Original Dill Whole Pickles $1.50 @ 2/4.00 – .50 coupon
Fred Meyer Whole Wheat Hot Dog Buns $1.25 @ 4/5.00
Tofurky Sausage 2 packs/$3.99 @ BOGO @ 3.99
Cherries  $5.96 @ 2.98/lb
Bonus: new to me yellow Pro-tec helmet $3 @ make an offer at a yard sale

Whole grain pasta salad, veggie dog on a whole wheat bun*, baller green salad

Estimated cost of last night’s hearty meal consisting of the above : $1.65 / person

*I actually had a veggie dog that wasn‘t on sale last night but am using Tofurky sausage (at the exact same cost) for the sake of this exercise. Forgive the sloppy presentation; I was very hungry.


I think it’s official this time. Today it’s well over sixty degrees and sunny, and I finally got my studded tires removed. Actually, funny story. Since this was my first time having studded tires (and I have been called a pussy and informed I should “jet get all season tires”) I am not that well versed on the protocol. After my first treacherous drive to the mountain with them though, I was glad I dropped the money to get them. I even wrote a blog about that.

But now it’s April, and Portland has some silly law that you have to remove them by a certain date. That date, as it turns out, was April 5th. Now on April 5th  I was actually using my studs, driving up the mountain for Vegetate. So obviously I didn’t get them taken off. I had really good intentions to do it that Monday, but you know, I managed to forget.

I went a whole three days before getting pulled over for still having on my studs. Now as I was getting pulled over I really had no clue why. I’d grown very accustomed to the noise, and well, it seems the cops would have better things to do in Southeast Portland, like busting drunk drivers and breaking up meth houses. But no, he wanted to tell me that I was supposed to get my studs off THREE DAYS AGO! Everyone I mentioned it too said it that way, like three days was a really long time. Maybe it’s just cause I am getting older, but three days doesn’t even seem like enough time to do anything, so seriously, why the guilt trip?

Anyway, the cop let me go with a warning and I got the tires taken off the next day. My car is so much quieter now and hopefully I will get more miles out of my $4 a gallon gas. If nothing else, maybe I can get a tan cause it’s finally nice out.