frugal: economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful; careful about spending money or using things when you do not need to : using money or supplies in a very careful way.
smart: very good at learning or thinking about things; showing intelligence or good judgment.
I'm not sure if I am ever either one of these things, but I try. If I could be both of these things simultaneously, I'd be the bomb. The thing I'd be bombing is my grocery bill and I would be a super hero called Fru-Gal. My costume would be a consignment purchase, and the legs would zip off, just to make it useful year round. Of course, I'd try to cut my own bangs (ha ha ha).
I'm frustrated with groceries. As I try to eat healthier, the cost of produce goes up. Cut down carbs, increase protein? Bad timing on my part as the price of meat rises daily; someone must think that the meat has a gold coin wrapped up with it (based on the cost per pound). Companies keep messing with sizes, too. A pound of coffee isn't a pound, but it appears to be in the same container. Wrong again! This is not news to anyone, it's just that I'm still mad about it.
One of my luckiest finds has been that my friends, Monica Lauber and Amy Perkins, are both smart and frugal. They opened a little store called The Village Mercantile in Fountain City just north of Knoxville. Their ingenuity and business sense is my gain.
The Village Mercantile is a surplus and salvage store offering a wide range of dry goods and groceries for the budget minded consumer (i.e., me, me, me!). You never know what great finds will appear on their shelves, because they are always on the look out for a good deal to pass on to their customers.
Mark and I stopped by to check out the deals and loved it! Name brand cereals for $2.00? I've been singing the blues about the price of cereal ever since my sons decided the big boxes were single serving sized. Nonni's Biscotti for $2.00! Protein and meal replacement bars for $2-4.00! It was FruGal's dream come true.
Since I figure I'll be hanging there like Kilroy, I thought I'd share it with my Knoxville peeps. It's a great idea, it's local and it's a small business on the rise. We need more of that. Stop by and see Monica and Amy, and give their business a boost - so we all can benefit.
[Visit The Village Mercantile located at 5014 N Broadway, Ste 6, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918 Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Don't miss it - the store is toward the back of the plaza. Check out their Facebook page and find out what is new in the store each week. Tell them Cherdo said hello!]