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Baker’s delight on clearance


We’ve been doing really well with eating through our freezer and pantry. I’ve made gumbo and tacos this week and each of those meals last two days. Recycling reheating leftovers for the win – our tacos became nachos the second night!

Last weekend, I took Gymnast to Walmart to finish up his Christmas shopping for Texas (his money). And while he shopped, I grabbed a few items I needed to round out this week’s meals. And, as always, I checked out the clearance section. I love Walmart Clearance and they have at least 2 sections…one in grocery and one for household items.

This particular time, I was in grocery.

I picked up a couple of whole wheat pasta boxes for 50 cents each and a Pumpkin Spice coffee K-cup box for $4 (I am not a coffee drinker but I keep our Kcups stocked for my coffee drinking kids as it helps them save money. We keep a few of their favorite creamers along with teas, coffee, hot chocolate so there is something for everyone.)

Then I saw cake mixes. Now I don’t know if I have mentioned how much my kids love to bake. I would say one or the other of them bakes at least 3 days a week. They typically take it to school to share in class or Princess used to sell brownies at school.

When I saw some cake mixes marked at $1.46 each, I thought I would grab a couple. Then a Walmart employee comes up behind me and says, “take those to the register, anything by that brand will ring up for $0.36 each.” My jaw dropped. And I immediately started looking for an expiration date or something that would tell me what was wrong with them. When I asked her, she said they were Halloween items that didn’t sell. Now you tell me, do these look like Halloween items?

After a few minutes of hesitation, I loaded my cart up and proudly walked off to show Gymnast my score. I bought about 20 cake mixes, sugar cookie mixes and then 3 bags of sprinkles. The mixes are all different colors – orange, green, purple, black and teal. So I guess that’s the Halloween part.

But I am super proud of this purchase. Didn’t blow my very limited grocery budget at all. And these will last through the winter. Beauty made an orange cake that night with orange peel shavings and cream cheese frosting. It was beautiful and delicious, wish I had taken a picture.

$0.36 score! I’ll take it!

I’m already looking forward to returning to the grocery clearance section after Thanksgiving. We will need to restock our freezer and pantry and I will start there. Lots of scratch and dent cans available and even some pasta sauces. (I didn’t purchase any of these items this trip because I really am trying to eat through what we have and keep costs down this month.)

The $15 Haircut


California, like many places across the county, has moved into the Purple Tier.  Frankly, I think the color spectrum could be improved.  How am I supposed to know that Purple is worse than Red?  Can we just do Red, Orange, Yellow, Green please?  I feel like those are all colors we understand…but I digress.


We have moved to the tier that shuts down restaurants, gyms, churches, and…*gasp* hair salons.  Despite the fact that we kinda knew the numbers weren’t good and ‘purple’ (whatever that means) was in our future, I didn’t see my stylist.  My husband has actually been coloring my hair every 8 weeks or so since the pandemic.  Colorist? Yes.  Stylist capable of cutting hair? No.  He is not.  So now, we hit ‘purple’ and my normal stylist is shut down.  I cried.  A lot.


Outdoor hair cutting is permitted but the only ones available right now are the discount chains.  Yup.  Supercuts and Great Clips.  Queens and Kings of the $15 haircuts.  I’ve never been anywhere other than salons but desperate times call for desperate measures.  My daughter also needed her first haircut.  Yes friends, I know she she’s 5.  We’re always a little late to the game.  Brushing her hair has been like brushing a dollar store doll.  Horrific knots and jagged ends.


The discount hair chains don’t do appointments so I simply drove up and waited for what surely would be the most painful and traumatizing experience of my life.  I parked.  I did some deep breathing.  I put on my mask.  I signed in online.


There was no wait.  The stylist was seriously, AMAZING.  She did an AWESOME job on my daughter and an AWESOME job on my hair.  Seriously friends.  I paid $30 combined for our haircuts and they were just as good as the ones I’ve been paying a lot more to have done.  Even with a $10 tip, I was still wayyyyy under what I normally pay just for me.  It was fast.  It was painless and IT WAS UNDER BUDGET.  I may have installed the app on my phone.  I may have already calendared my next haircut.  This might by an every other haircut thing now.


I’m tired of focusing on how awful things are.  Can we take a minute to say, “Covid sucks but every once in a while, we’re going to try new things.  We’re going to make new discoveries.  We’re going to grow a little.  We’re going to do a happy dance.”