Grocery shopping on the cheap: A useful life skill for the homeless


By Max R. Weller

This morning I decided to focus on purchasing the cheapest foodstuffs I could find at King Soopers on Table Mesa. Here’s what I came up with for slightly less than $10:

Kroger strawberry ice cream (pint) — $1

Cheetos crunchy bag (8 1/2 oz.) — $2

Kroger cole slaw (1 lb.) — $1.29

Kroger orange juice (1 pt.) — $0.99

Bar S bologna (1 lb.) — $1

Kroger colby cheese brick (8 oz.) — $1.67

White enriched bread loaf (24 oz.) $1

With sales tax added, I paid $9.36; savings from using my King Soopers card were $3.04, and so far this year my cash savings total $474.73 with this very easy-to-use tool at the checkout counter. NO FOOD STAMPS FOR ME, and I typically donate the change I get back to whatever charity the store is collecting for; this probably adds up to about $180 in the course of an entire year.

NOBODY on staff at any of Boulder’s homeless shelter / services providers is teaching clients how to manage grocery shopping to get the most bang for their bucks. That’s hardly a surprise, when you realize that they don’t teach homeless adults anything at all, and the Program Director at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless once told me — in front of many other folks in the dayroom there — that the homeless can’t learn anything so it’s pointless to try to teach them.

WTF? If I live to be 100 years of age, I’ll NEVER forget what he said.

This is what your donations are supporting in our worthless local nonprofits. I say it’s much better to give help, financial and otherwise, DIRECTLY to homeless people in need you’ve become acquainted with.

BTW, I’m feeling much more upbeat after deciding NOT to apply for food stamps or the Colorado Old Age Pension. It’s just not worth it to me, when I can do on my own as I’ve outlined above.


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