Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Here I thought I was only a bargain hunter

If you have been following me for a while, you know I love a good bargain.  If I happen upon one I jump on it and buy as many as I can.  I guess I got that from my mother, as a kid growing up in the 60's they did not have such things as the coupons we know of today.  HEB used to mail its customers a one page print out of various coupons but people were not into coupons at that time so our neighbor would give them to my mother.

I remember being able to buy a can of Campbell's tomato soup for .05 each limit 4 with that coupon. My mother, my cousin and I would separately go in with our coupon and buy them...dad would have no part in it...jajajaja!  We sure did have a lot of tomato soup at our house.

When I moved to the big city (Houston) coupons were all the rage, the good thing about that was that many stores doubled or triple them up to a certain amount and you could buy tons of stuff for practically nothing.

Does anyone remember Aurora toilet paper?  It was a very fancy toilet paper with flowers embossed on it and it came in many colors and patterns.  Krogers would put it on special for .69 or .79 cents a four pack and I would buy up tons of it and share it with my parents when I came home.  Same thing for paper towels and paper goods that were much cheaper to purchase in Houston.

My best friend always tells this story about the first time she came to my house...she said I opened up my pantry and proudly showed her all the cans I had...what stood out to her was all the ravioli ones.  She could not believe I had so many not just in the pantry but in boxes in my spare bedroom which was basically a large pantry in and of itself.

One of my co-worker was a Mormon and she would tell me that I would put her to shame.  She explained to me that in her religion they were supposed to have at least a year's worth of food to be prepared in case of an emergency and she didn't even have a month's worth.  Wonder whatever happened to Trudy?

I must say it did come in handy when hurricane Alice hit Houston back in the early 80's.  Everyone was running to the stores to buy up what they could...not me, I was prepared.  Even had a friend and his family come stay with me for a couple of days because they had no food, water or electricity at their house.

I have a van whom I affectionately call Terlita... she is my camping van and I always had her packed and ready to go with camping supplies, canned goods, water, beer, clothes, ammunition, my gun and a full tank.  Not because I feared a financial or social collapse but so I could be ready to go to the beach or to some other fun location at a moments notice.  Regrettably, Terlita is currently out of service.

If you are still reading at this point...you are wondering where I am going with this?  Well, after watching videos on YouTube on off grid living...I came upon some prepper videos and it hit home.  Here I thought I was only a bargain hunter...but I may be a prepper in disguise!  Who knew?

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


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