So, I was trying to save money on my grocery bill and being the lazy person I am decided that coupon clipping was just not my thing. I mean, how many people actually understand how doubling and tripling and CVS shopping works 'cause I just don't get it. Anyway, spending at least $80 every week just on groceries just wasn't cutting it for me. Before the prices of everything went up I was paying half that.
What to do?
My friend then told me about a great store in Grand Prairie called TopLine and how I could buy products at amazingly low prices. She had me at bag of chips for 25 cents. That's regular size bag of chips for 25 cents. You know I just had to go there.
So, I looked the store address up online, packed the family and neighbors into the van, and set off for the land of cheap grocery prices. The bad thing about Google Maps is that even with the satellite photographs I could never have imagined nor prepared myself for the neighborhood we were destined--perhaps the poorly designed website should have tipped me off. Even still, I got out of the vehicle and walked inside where I felt terribly out of place...and this coming from the girl who used to live comfortably in a neighborhood identical to this one.
1. First thing in my grocery buggie: Gourmet cookie mix from last year's Christmas season for just $1. Now look, I am no stranger to year or so old sweets. When I was a little girl, my parents would give out Christmas candy from the prior year to the Trick-or-Treaters each Halloween.
2. Next thing in my buggie: AMC Theatre nacho cheese dip for 50 cents (this especially brought back memories of my first job in Texas).
3. Third grocery item in my buggie: Arby's Marinara Sauce at just 5 for 25 cents. Of course, the hubs had to point it out to me later that I could have gotten those for FREE at Arby's anytime. Happy-Dance spoiler.
4. Fourth item in my shopping buggie: Cookie Dough Bites for 10 cents. Yes, the ones you pay $3 or $4 dollars for at the movie theater. I bought $200 worth for just $7. (Can anyone say PMS?)
5. Fifth item: Eight regular sized bags of blue tortilla chips for 25 cents each. What I didn't know was that every single one of these bags of chips were months pass their "best by" date and therefor tasted stale. That AMC Theatre nacho cheese dip sure made them bearable.
6. Sixth item: Four 48 inch florescent light bulbs that my husband haggled the price from $9 each to $1 each. When we got back home we realized we needed 36 inch bulbs and so the hubs stopped teasing me about the Arby's Marinara Sauce.
We bought several more items. One was either a Korean or Japanese berry that only Lily, our dog, would eat (she couldn't seem to get enough). The other items were a menagerie of grocery items from pancake mix to South American fruit purees. All in all, I don't think I'll be going there again. Especially after what Candance from Crazy Texas Mommy told me. She confirmed to me it was a mistake to go to TopLine when she asked me on Twitter:
"@screweduptexan You went to TopLine in G.P. on purpose? I mean, YAY on the $60, but as a native of G.P., God help you."
I'm getting ALL my second opinions from Candance in the future. Before I go shopping.
At least the nacho cheese dip was good.