Eye exam, garden tools and groceries

The eye exam went very well overall even though I need glasses. I was very impressed with how thorough the exam was, checking for cataracts and pressure build up. I was a bit concerned about cataracts because both my mom and grandmother had them, but so far my eyes are clear.  I don’t know if I got a discount for cash or because I’m a vet but the total cost for the exam and bi-focal glasses along with a coupon for free prescription sunglasses was $146.50. I think this is a great deal because I thought I would be paying about $300-$500 for everything. I would recommend using Icare Optical in Nampa if you need glasses or optometrist for your eye care.  One other thing, driving home after you have your eyes dilated is a very bad idea. I did it and I would recommend that no one  try it, especially on a sunny day when you leave your sunglasses at home.

Stone lumber is having a good Spring sale on tools and stuff for the yard. Since I saved so much money on the eyeglasses, I was able to pick up a few hand tools for yard work. I got a new 24 inch “lopper” for pruning the grapes and tree limbs,  a muscle-powered  weed and cultivator combo that I think will make taking care of the smaller garden beds easier.  The lopper is working great on trimming the tree limbs and the thick grape vines. Stone lumber has some cleanup tools on sale until the 18th of April for wands for the gutters and a pressure washing that I will get on the 15th of April. Plus I will get another lopper as a backup. By then the irrigation water will be turned on and using water out side for clean up will be much cheaper compared to using the house “potable” water.

This year I’m trying to add more ways of growing things vertically and there is a learning process as well as some equipment I need to get while I am slowly adding vertical growing spaces into my garden plans.  Got a couple more of the shelf brackets that will double duty as a shelf and a place for a couple of hanging plants. I’m planting a garden via raised beds and large buckets which saves space and  I hope a lot of money when the California drought crisis starts to hit people in the pocket book.  There is always a learning curve and you don’t your life being dependent on the best out come, so now is the time to learn to garden. You can start small with a kiddy pool of dirt and some herbs and spices.  After that you can slowly build up your garden with other plants as you go along. I don’t see anything wrong starting with some plants from a green house or at the local mega- mart if you are a new to gardening. If you pay $2.00-$4.00 per plant and get a harvest of 3-5 pounds your first year you will have paid for the plant and learned a bit about gardening.  That’s how I started my garden and while I’m expanding from the original kiddy pool, buckets and raised beds they worked great last year!

Albertson’s has some great sales going on meats. Prime rib for $5.99 per pound and 16-20 count shrimp for $6.99 are now bargains. I know it sounds insane to say these prices are bargains if you can afford to spend about $25.00 for a Prime rib now and then stash it in the freezer for the holidays you should do it.  A doubled wrapped prime rib frozen now can last in the freezer until the holidays. Perhaps beef prices will come down in the future but I would not depend on it and if beef prices go lower you simply add a few more “special meals” and rotate.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t think it is possible to have too much Prime Rib! Always remember your dollar cost averaging especially with rising prices. The average price of Hamburger in the USA is over $4.00 per pound so getting it on sale for $2.49 per pound is a bargain even though the cost seems high compared to a year ago.  What is happening in beef and bacon prices will soon hit veggies/fruits this summer I suspect certainly by fall at the latest.  So getting good buys now and growing your own veggies/fruit will help keep your food costs down or at least stable this year.

Most of prepping is about small personal or short term regional disasters via storms, earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes. If you prep for the small things you have a great start on prepping for most  big events.



One Response to Eye exam, garden tools and groceries

  1. S.Lynn says:

    I tried cantaloupe vertically and used old pantyhose as slings to help cradle and support the fruit. It was ok but was just an experiment. Easier to let them sprawl then put the fruit on top of upsidedown berry baskets to keep them off the dirt.

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