Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
Governors Landing Campground - Lake Amistad - Del Rio, Texas

Friday, April 28, 2023

April 2023 trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - México

Monday, April 24th I made a trip to Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila - México across the border from Del Rio, Texas where we live. I almost postponed it because I dislike going to México on Mondays or Fridays. We were expecting inclement weather on Tuesday and Wednesday that thankfully did not materialize so I had no other choice.

After running errands I headed for Soriana a store whose American equivalent would be a Target. I like it because even though their prices are a little higher...it has fewer shoppers than say, Gutierrez, Bodegas Aurrera, or Merco. Those are the names of other popular grocery stores in Ciudad Acuña. 

Soriana is the nicest store in Ciudad Acuña.

It is clean, well stocked, and its aisles are bigger than other stores. I decided last time I shopped at the larger of the two Bodegas Aurrera (owned by Walmart) that it would be the last time. After the pandemic they cut down on their shopping carts and the few that are available are dirty and old...that also includes their rolling carts...way too gross 😠

I plan to purchase one of the straw ones
when they go on sale as they look sturdy

Remember when you shop in México you have to bring your own reusable bags as plastic bags were banned a couple of years back. Unbeknownst to me the store had a 50 percent off special on select items throughout the store as well as some other deals.

I still had Mexican currency from the last time I purchased pesos at $18.20 to one USD. and that is what I will use for my exchange rate today.

For example, if you bought five 12-packs of Bud Light you got a free Bud cap. If you purchased four 12-packs you got a small ice chest, and two 12-packs you got a free glass.

$120.00 pesos divided by $18.20
equals $6.60 USD

Cerveza Barrilitos...one six-pack $58.50 or $3.21 USD.

Their liquor section did not have a single price sticker...

I was surprised that they sold White Claw and other American seltzers individually...

I did not buy liquor I was more interested in tetra pak milk...my criteria is that it had to cost less than $1.25 a package as that is what it sells for at Dollar Tree.

I ended up buying this brand...two for $32.00 pesos...$1.76 or .88 cents each.

Mexican news media has been reporting that tourists were buying up medications along the border since there was a shortage in the States. Soriana however was well stocked. You bought one and your second item was 50% off.

I wanted decaffeinated coffee but the brand I wanted (Nescafé) was not in stock but their regular coffee was reasonably priced at $109.00 pesos/$5.99 USD.

Soriana has a store card where you earn points and can apply them to free items or a lower price.

I ended up going with this brand...$71.90 pesos...$3.95 USD...I bought two.

Herdez hot sauce is always cheaper in México and they have a large selection that is not available at our Del Rio HEB or Walmart. They range in price from $25.90, $27.90, and $38.50 pesos or $1.42, $1.53, and $2.12 USD.

I have often mentioned that bleach is cheaper here. This was on sale for $34.50 pesos / $1.90 USD

I bought some laundry detergent with a touch of fabric softener mainly because I liked the color of the bottle (lilac). I can later use it when I go camping to take extra water. At $139.90 / $7.69 USD

This store is huge and includes a camping department...however, these items are imported from the USA and thus cost more.

They sell clothing...Bart Simpson is very popular in México...

A bakery...

Electronics are expensive most people with visas buy these items at Walmart since they are cheaper in the USA. For example this Samsung 58" 4K at $12,990.00 pesos or $713.74 USD.

Their produce department is more expensive than at other stores but they have specials on Tuesday and Wednesday. Since it was Monday onions sold for $18.80 / $1.03 USD for a kilo...remember a kilo equals 2.2 pounds. I purchased two small onions.

Here is my shopping cart...

On the way to the International Bridge found myself in the middle of a campaign rally...I believe they are electing a Governor for the state of Coahuila among other political posts. I followed these cars and an elderly gentleman allowed us to cut in front of him at the other end or it could have been a long wait.

They have been working on adding two new lanes, one for 18-wheelers and another for Sentri vehicles. Those are vehicles that their owners apply for a special permit and if approved pay I think $100.00 to cross faster into the USA. I do not go that often to make it worth my while. I think that is mostly for people who work in Mexico at the Maquiladoras but live in Del Rio.

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Jack in the Box / Home Depot / Tuff Shed / Snakes

Tuesday, April 18th I needed to run errands before it got hot. I stopped at Jack in the Box since they sell breakfast all day. The last time I had something to eat was at noon the day before so I was starving. I ordered their largest breakfast but failed to note that it included mini pancakes...I am not big on pancakes but I ate them anyway.

The saying in their coffee cup made me smile...😊,,,

We turn normal people
into morning people.

Home Depot has been having a sale on heavy-duty containers and I have bought several. However, you need to look closely at them since some are warped I suppose from cramming so many when they transport them.

I ended up having to return three of them...I downsized from 17 to 14 gallons containers this time around.

This storage shed was on sale...though the doors did not look very well put together...I did like that the roof was insulated.

This afternoon on the 5:00 p.m. news my ears perked up when they mentioned that they had a warning for people living in Del Rio. I figured it had to do with drugs but NO to my surprise and why not...my FEAR...it had to do with a large number of rattlesnake sightings in the area. 😱

There is nothing that I fear more than snakes!!!  🐍 Now you know why I have so many cats.

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Aunty Acid

Monday, April 17, 2023

Taxes / RV Show

I called my CPA last week so she could file an extension on my behalf.  It had been a while since I had done that but what can I say...some things never change...I am after all a procrastinator. 😔

I went to the library on Saturday to make copies and found others in the same boat as me. To cheer myself up I went to Dairy Queen, located next door to the Del Rio Civic Center. All week I have seen them setting up RVs, boats, and all-terrain vehicles in the front parking lot.

When I pulled up to DQ I figured the parking lot was packed because visitors had parked there. Found that not to be the case...there were so many people the line was out the door...I had no other choice but to leave without buying my ice cream cone. 😢

Decided I would settle for a shake or a malt at Whataburger...they did not even have ONE empty parking space. I am glad so many people attended the RV Show and patronized the local eating establishments.

Today I went to my CPA's office to take a check just in case I owe money she would have my banking information handy. As much work as she has to do today and tomorrow even if it is just filing extensions...she seemed to be in very good spirits...good for her!

I decided to once again go to Dairy Queen since all I needed was one more spoon...you need five...to get an item for free. I ended up losing the four spoons as I have done many times in the past. I am just not good with Apps...😭...At least my hamburger tasted good today!

Regular Unleaded was going for $3.199 a gallon while Diesel cost $3.299 a gallon at Murphy USA.

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Aunty Acid

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

I accomplished a lot today...

 Even though I have given up my nightly cable news shows...I thought I was replacing them with a less stressful alternative like "La Casa de los Famosos" third season. It is Telemundo's version of Big Brother VIP filmed in Mexico City for the consumption of the Hispanic audience in the United States.

It is at times maddening, gut wrenching, at others stressful, and highly addictive. Yesterday I felt bad after one of my favorites...Argentinan actor Diego Soldano...was voted out. They have a live feed on YouTube that is on 24/7. I managed to sleep two hours and was wide awake by 3:30 a.m. Gave up at 4:00 a.m. and started washing dishes.

I got an early start and went to have breakfast at the new remodeled Wendy's. The three dollar special did not look like much...so I ordered a breakfast combo with real coffee instead of my usual decaf because I needed the energy to accomplish everything on my To Do List without crashing.

Went to Ollie's, Dollar Tree, and Walmart. Ollie's always has funny signs...

At Walmart I bought more preps that included two cases of corn, one of green beans, and a case of pinto beans along with more single serving envelopes of tuna that were on sale for .80 cents each.

I prefer to purchase my groceries at HEB, as it is closer to the house and usually cheaper than Walmart. However, the corn and green beans were .50 cents each versus .78 cents at HEB.

I filled up at Murphy USA at $3.099 for regular unleaded. Diesel was $3.339 a gallon. It was two cents cheaper than at HEB.

Good night. May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

Aunty Acid