Tim announced that he was off to an all-day tournament today. That means his parents and I are sans car for most of the day. Honestly, I don’t mind. No car makes it harder to spend money.

I decided to take the hour or so warning he had given me (it was a last-minute decision) and stock up for the day.

First, the library. While my mom was here, she introduced me to Jack Reacher books by Lee Childs. They are light reads and annoyingly addictive. I’ve polished off three books in the last week — two in the last two days. So I re-upped and got two more.

This also gave me time to take advantage of a “Food For Fines” special the library was offering. Our last batch of books was a few days late, so we have a few bucks sitting on the card.

Each can of food took 50 cents off, so I checked our cupboards and found four that we weren’t going to use. Turns out I do not like Progresso’s creamy baked potato soup.

On the way back, I decided to get a bag of ginger snaps from Dollar Tree. These are amazing for two reasons. First, they have chili powder in them for a slight burn. Second, they’re 1/3 the price of similar bags in a grocery store.

There was a Dollar Tree on the way home, and I ducked in… only to find that this one has a frozen/refrigerated foods section! This is wonderful news because I love, love, love the 4-packs of Italian ice (lemon and cherry) that they sell.

And with temperatures set to be 101 today and 103 tomorrow, it seems like the perfect time for a cool treat.

I also picked up a box of mints. Throw them in the freezer, and they make you feel downright chilly.

For a small mid-day meal, I have some ears of corn that were 3/$1. Even with butter and salt, there’s some nutrition in there. And the heat makes it hard to have a huge appetite.

So: free loan of library books, $2 in Dollar Tree snacks (not all of which will be eaten today), $1 of corn and maybe some TV. All in all, a relatively thrifty Saturday.

What are your weekend plans?

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