Sausage, even a little sausage, in a dish adds tons of flavor. The problem is, I do not trust what is in store-bought sausage. I’ve bought it sparingly for years because I like it, but I try not to think about what parts I could be eating, especially when a bite seems suspect. Then I got my Kitchen Aid meat grinding attachment for Christmas. We now eat sausage without a care, because I grind it myself using pork butt and add my own seasonings.
People ask me all the time, “how do you do it?” Even cashiers. They look stunned when my bill for $58 rings up to $3. Or, like today when the store owed me $6.78, and I had to “buy” something else to even it out. I walked out with $35 worth of free groceries. And, I got this deal after spending 15 minutes of preparation drugged up on pain medication from my surgery. If I can be pushed in a wheelchair half-lucid and roll out with free groceries, surely anyone can on a good day. The truth is, I do not spend my life clipping coupons or hoarding cases of Hamburger Helper. I do not order flats of Top Ramen ahead of time like on Extreme Couponing, or dumpster dive. I get one paper, and have one printer. I clip when I can, and some weeks only get a couple of deals. Because I am stocked up from getting freebies or almost-freebies, I can sit and wait for the best prices. And sometimes, life happens and I miss out on great deals because of other commitments, but that’s ok. I’m not obsessed, I’m dedicated.