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Monday, March 29, 2010

I Still Love Big Lots:Pasta, Brownie Mix, Sunscreen

What won't I do for my dear readers? Last week, when my dental visit ended a bit early, I stopped at the Big Lots in the town where I work.

I discovered that even 30 miles apart, Big Lots will have different merch. Where I work: a lot more Hispanic food, including the Nescafe Clasico I recommended (at $5.00 a bit more than at Target).

Back home, I found brownie mix for $0.50. It came with Halloween sprinkles. Interestingly, the Christmas and Valentine's Day editions were $1.00. Perhaps those holidays are more popular?

I put 10 boxes in my cart (for Lucy M, who likes brownies). When I wheeled by that aisle, the rest, maybe 30 boxes, were gone!

They also had De Cecco organic pasta for $1.00 and Coppertone Nutrashield Sunscreen ($2.00 for either 6 or 3 ounces. Guess which size I bought?). The sunscreen is 70 SPF, which is not as important as the fact that it contains Avobenzone, one of the full-spectrum ingredients.

They still had lots of the 28 oz cans of tomatoes with basil for $0.50.

No other good deals, which is, as Martha would say, a "good thing," because my cupboards are bursting, in spite of a $25.00/week grocery budget for the last 6 weeks.


simple in France said...

One thing I've always wondered: why is brownie mix so cheap? I've never bothered to learn to make my own because of this fact. But here in France, you can't get it!

Seriously, in the States, brownies were one of my favorite deserts to prepare--even with guests!

Frugal Scholar said...

@Simple--I don't know either. I don't like any other dessert mix...brownies are always good though. Mysterious.

Duchesse said...

Ten boxes of brownies, mmm! I like to add a few teaspoons of cocoa to any brownie mix- do you?

simple in France, you can easily make your own brownie mix to keep on hand. Just mix the dry ingredients and keep in a ziplock bags.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Duchesse--I will do that from now on.