Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What I did yesterday

I went to Fresh and Easy. They had 18-packs of eggs for $1.57.
Don't go looking for your car keys, the sale ended yesterday. (HEY! It was in my newsletter. See previous post.) I TAKE IT BACK!!! THOSE EGGS ARE STILL ON SALE AT FRESH AND EASY!!!! Don't have a $5 off $20? There's a $3 off $30 in the Wednesday ad for Fresh and Easy.
And I bought 13 cartons of them.
I already did the math for you. That's 234 large eggs for a total of $20.41.
Fresh and Easy had mailed me a $5 off $20 coupon, so I actually paid $15.41 for the lot.
That works out to about $1.20 for 18 or 79c/dozen. (I'll finish the math. 13 18-packs is equal to 19.5 dozen eggs.)
How come I did that?

Um...I like egg nog?

No, because eggs haven't been super cheap in a pretty long time and I expect they won't be super cheap until Easter and eggs last a really, really long time. Seriously, I've eaten eggs four, five, six weeks past their 'sell by' date and haven't died yet. (Sell-by on these eggs is 2/22).
I'll deny that if ever pressed by the media, by the way.
Besides, I couldn't use the 5 off 20 until I'd spent 20 and I'm not a Fresh and Easy shopper because I'm a better cook than they are.

So say these eggs are good until the end of March, or 8 wks from now. 234 divided by 8 is about 29, or almost 2.5 dozen eggs/week.
Ha! Not so overwhelming anymore, is it? Don't worry, I'll probably freeze a lot of them.
Now that I'm into the numbers, 29 eggs a week works out to a little more than one egg per day for each of my four family members. Those numbers look a lot less overwhelming. So let's call it a 4-week supply, give everybody in my family two eggs a day at breakfast, and serve it to them over fresh homemade whole wheat bread.
(use the search box on the side of my blog here to find out about the bread)
I just provided my family a healthy
(I poached the eggs)
high protein breakfast for the entire month for under 20 bucks.
I'm allowing for electricity and ingredients for the bread baking.
See, now I'm not a nut-case with 234 eggs in my garage refrigerator. I'm a provident provider ensuring frugal brain-enhancing choline and eye-protecting lutein for my family.

Mama always said, 'It's all a matter of how you look at things, honey.'

Since that sale is over, I'll catch ya back tomorrow on what to stockpile this week. Mama also told me, 'Best you get all the beauty rest you can, baby.'



If you have to use a $3 off $30 coupon, you will have to buy 20 18-packs. That will give you 360 eggs or 30 dozen at 94.6c/dozen. That makes you only 126 eggs nuttier than me. I say...

Maybe you could go in on them with a friend?


  1. I've never done it before and we'd have to research it out a little but there is a way to store fresh eggs for a year in the fridge. You put a thin coat of mineral oil over each egg and that keeps the air from getting into them. I don't know what else has to be done with this method though. Like I said, some research would have to be done. It may be on Wendy DeWitt's blog.

    Also, since you brought up wheat bread, I have a solution for you for the five loaf dilema of Laura's bread recipe. A month ago I made wheat bread and made 2 or 3 loaves, then made rolls out of the rest of the dough for dinner that night. I put the rolls in a 9x13 or you could use a sheet pan and I cut cooking time from 30 minutes to 15 or 20 minutes. The family might have liked them as well as the regular dinner rolls I make as they were gone in a day. Anyway, just a thought.

  2. I saw that about the rolls on your blog. It's a really good idea. I was thinking I should break down and buy another loaf pan. One of mine is getting kinda nasty looking anyway.

    The thing is, I don't think it will take all that long to get through the eggs. But mineral oil might be kinda fun to try. I'll look it up!

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