In our efforts to cut spending, Cliff and I went to Aldi's today. Now, I'm not all that familiar with the place, but I've been in there enough to know their stuff is cheaper than Walmart's house brands. We got a lot of stuff and spent only $41.
Because their coffee is half the price of what I usually buy, I decided to try it. Don't do that; it isn't good. It doesn't even have that wonderful coffee smell you expect when you open the can. However, there's a fairly worthless store in Lexington called "Save-a-Lot" that has wonderful coffee. I don't know what the price is like, but I know it's cheaper than the 8 O'clock coffee I love so much, and it's almost as good. I tasted it when we were visiting Cliff's cousin, Edna.
We used to get name-brand bread. Since Cliff retired, I've been buying Walmart's brand. Today I bought a loaf of bread at Aldi's; it will be the last bread I buy there; it seemed like week-old bread. Now, we don't use a lot of bread, so we keep it in the freezer and I get out what we need for immediate use. But I don't like putting stale bread in the freezer!
Speaking of saving money: In spite of the record-high temperatures all through the month of July, our electric bills have gone down. Yippee! I'm only doing two things differently: I seldom use the dishwasher, and I hang clothes on the line whenever possible rather than using the electric dryer.
Cliff and I are expecting friends this evening. Celeste and Pat, from Georgia, are riding their motorcycles across country, and they plan to spend tonight here. I became acquainted with Celeste through her blog on AOL Journals, and one time on the way home from visiting our son in Georgia, we met the couple briefly. Celeste seldom blogs these days, but we are Facebook friends. Celeste had a broken clutch cable on her bike about the same time they crossed into Missouri, so that will delay their arrival somewhat. They are, however, on the road again.
I visited my orthopedist today for a followup, just to make sure things are going OK. X-rays looked fine, she said. I told her my knee still swells often, but that it doesn't hinder me from doing anything I want to do. I'll see her again in six months.