Frugal Sandwich Spread and more
We live in the country. The nearest store is five country miles away, and it's a gas station/convenience store on the highway. This means we don't run to the store lightly. It means we don't run any errands lightly. Planning is required, and we always double and triple up- combining grocery store trips with library stops, bank visits, and the post office, for instance. When I'm really on top of things, we keep the following items in the van so we are ready at all times:
A basket or tote with a cheese slicer, clean cups, a roll of paper towels, a knife, can opener, and possibly some plastic spoons. This way we can pick up yogurt, fruit, cheese or a turkey ham, and get water at a local drinking fountain. Or I keep a 2 litre soda bottle full of water in our freezer and we grab it on our way out the door. a quilt for a quick picnic tablecloth is also nice.
Nevertheless, sometimes we don't plan as well as we'd like, and we end up in town running errands at meal time, the tote wasn't packed, and we are too hungry to wait until after the forty country miles trip home from the town where two family members have college classes.
We are more likely to choose a grocery store for that meal than a restaurant. At the grocery store, we usually choose sandwich fixings- bread, pre-washed lettuce, lunch meat, and cheese. It's most frugal to just have the sandwich dry, but that isn't anybody's favorite in my family. But instead of mayonnaise and mustard, we pick up a cheap bottle of salad dressing (bacon-ranch this week)- Just squirt the salad dressing over the bread, spread it by rubbing two pieces of bread with some salad dressing together, and then add your fillings.
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