I have a question for all of you… would you like me to continue blogging grocery ads during the Illinois Stay-At-Home order? I have continued on, partially because I’ve tried to maintain a sense of normalcy for everyone, including myself.
I’ve gotten a few emails from readers questioning whether I should continue blogging deals while we’re all at home:
“I’m both thankful and amused that you continue to write up your weekly deals. Thankful for the ‘normalcy’ it brings in these strange and scary times, and amused because, well, is it really still possible to coupon now?”
“You may want to rethink blogging deals at a time when everyone should be staying home. It could be viewed that you are encouraging people to go the store which no one should be doing. Encourage people to use delivery instead please.”
I’ve already blogged about our adventures in grocery shopping (exclusively using curbside pickup) and we’re committed to staying home during this time, but it’s not been my intention to tell anyone else how they should be shopping. That said, I’ve heard and read so many reports of stores being out of things that I’m not sure it’s possible to chase deals right now. Plus, many of the things we order are substituted or missing from orders, so “whatever’s in stock” becomes more important than “what’s on sale.”
For example, one of our grocery pickup orders included russet baking potatoes. The store substituted yellow potatoes. No problem, I thought… until we got the bag home and saw the size of these potatoes!
We all had a good laugh! Of course we’ll eat ’em… but not as the stuffed baked potatoes we’d planned :)
If you’re still getting something out of the weekly Deals writeups (even if it is a sense of normalcy!) feel free to leave a comment. Admittedly, the ads have grown significantly thinner and lighter .
Because the grocery ads are so light lately, it’s left plenty of time for other adventures around the house. Over the past month, I’ve:
- Lanscaped all the flowerbeds
- Ordered marigold seeds and started them in paper cups since we can’t buy bedding plants
- Taught our boys to mud and sand drywall while fixing a spot in the bathroom where the shower surround had leaked and ruined part of the wall. (We recaulked the shower wall too!)
- Primed and painted that bathroom with the boys
- Had enough paint left over to paint the other bathroom (yes, they’re now the same color. I wasn’t going to the store for more paint!)
- Pressure-washed our deck and back patio
- Pressure-washed the patio furniture
- Pressure-washed the barbecue grill
- Boys came outside and wanted to learn how to use the “cool” pressure washer
- Boys began looking for other things to blast with pressure washer
- Boys pressure-washed our portion of the city sidewalk from lot line to lot line, and now it’s ridiculously whiter than all the neighbors’ sidewalks. We’re all so proud of our gleaming, bright concrete.
- Made a 1000-piece puzzle. Then, ordered another two more puzzles to make with the family
- Pruned a bunch of bushes and trees in our yard
- Had two bonfires (so far. There will be more!)
- Grilling out. So much grilling!
- Hanging out with the family outside and watching daytime TV from our deck on every 60+ degree day, which has introduced our kids to many great TV shows we grew up with. (Did you know that Charge airs three hours of Knight Rider and three hours of C.H.I.P.S. every day? It’s channel 62.3 in Chicagoland!)
- Cleaned out most of the closets in the house
- Washed and detailed the cars
- Played many rounds of Battleship, Pictionary, Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza, Bananagrams, and other games with the kids
- Accidentally spilled dog’s water bowl inside his Store-N-Feed dog food holder when lifting the lid off. (What a mess this was.) I decided the best way to salvage it was to pour 15 pounds of wet kibble into four different sheet pans and baked it in the oven at 250° for over an hour to dry out the water so the food wouldn’t go to waste. The house smelled like baked meat for hours afterward..!
- Woke up with Johnny B on the radio for the first time in four years. Blasted it through the house for three hours straight and will do it again this weekend. It was the most surprising and unexpected joyful shot of normalcy in a very abnormal world right now.
Hopefully you’ve been able to have some adventures of your own during this stay-at-home time!