Monday, September 24, 2012
So now that we have to reestablish ourselves in a new place, there is plenty of stuff we need. From food and toiletries, to cleaning supplies, paper products, and similar items, we have numerous items from which we rid ourselves before our last move or that we gave away to family.
Most of our needs come in the way of food items. We must again load up on the staples. Everything from milk, bread and eggs, to salt, pepper, spices, ketchup, and condiments, we’ll have to start from square one, which means that our initial grocery bills will be hefty ones.
We had several gift cards at our disposal for these shopping purposes. The first of these cards were Wal-mart specific gift cards, thoughtfully given to us by my uncle as Christmas gifts. Another card, graciously came by way my wife’s aunt and uncle (also as a Christmas gift), and yet another card was left over from a small bonus my wife had received from her work the previous year. The cards from my wife’s work and her aunt and uncle were prepaid credit cards.
How We Planned Our Card Usage
Since we could use the prepaid credit cards (one worth $50 and the other worth $40) in a variety of locations, we saved those for more unique purchases. Since the Wal-mart gift cards (worth $325) were store-specific, we centered purchases such as our cleaning supplies and certain food items that we knew were available at Wal-mart for low prices, around these cards. And since there is a Wal-mart superstore located near us, we could actually load up on many of our grocery and toiletry needs as well, though we saved certain items on our shopping list for the local dollar and grocery stores.
Where We Spent and What We Saved
Our first shopping excursion was to Wal-mart for cleaning supplies and toiletry items. This first run was done the day after closing on our condominium so that we could clean the place before officially moving in.