First, a follow-up to my question about whether or not it made sense for us to renew our BJ’s membership at the end of next month. I’ve decided not to do it. While I probably would recoup the membership cost in savings throughout the year, I don’t think the savings are worth it. First, it would mean spending $50 upfront. Especially at this time of year, this money can be better spent elsewhere.
Second, shopping at BJ’s costs me time. Since I can’t do all, or even most, of my grocery shopping there, it requires an additional stop. And while it’s not very far from my house, it’s in the opposite direction as my grocery store. So it literally requires a special trip to stock up on a few items. And while gas prices are falling – I paid $2.96 per gallon yesterday! – there’s no need to add an extra trip to my regular errands.
Finally, with a little more planning, I can stock up on the items I would normally get a little more cheaply at BJ’s. For example, those Stonyfield yogurt smoothies my daughter has for breakfast, are slightly cheaper at my grocery store when I use a coupon. If I plan to print several copies of the coupon and stock up once a month, I’ll end out ahead.
When thinking about this month’s “out-of-the-ordinary expenses“, I didn’t realize that both of our cars would be due for service this month. Unfortunately, both need more than just a simple oil change. My husband drives a 2008 Accord, and it needs an oil change, plus some regular maintenance that he put off at the last oil change. My car, a 2007 Camry, has something going on. This week, I’ve noticed it making a growling noise at times, especially at low speeds and while accelerating. Ugh. The Accord is going in this weekend, and the Camry is going in next week. Cha ching.
I made this cookie recipe yesterday, and it. is. good. Plus, since the cookies contain apples, oats, and raisins, they’re basically a health food.