Ciphers From Cindi

“It is better to live cheaper under budget than luxuriously in debt.”


Ciphers From Cindi

Food Shortages. Substitutions. Loss Leaders.

I am starting to see the food shortages that many people have been talking about. Sometimes you don’t believe things till it happens to you. But there it is. Food shortages. For three weeks now my fave grocery store, Aldi, didn’t have my favorite dairy, real milk coffee creamer ($2.09). Hazelnut is my preferred flavor […]

What’s Been Cooking? Week Ending January 22, 2022

It’s all about leftovers now. And how to extend your food to make it last longer. This past week I made a big pot of sausage with onions and peppers. We first had them in sandwiches (no pics of them, sorry) but I made two omelettes with the leftovers for two separate breakfasts. So, that […]

A Chicken In Every Pot. Whole Chicken Score!

Every week I get the flyers from all the local grocery stores in my neighborhood. This week, the deal of the month was whole chickens for only .99 cents per pound at Tops Supermarket. I don’t know about you, but I love a whole roasted chicken right out of the oven! I still had some […]

Joe Biden: One Year In. Are We Better Off?

I’m going to do my best to report just the facts and contain my wrath. We retirees on a fixed income have been pummeled with some very hard hitting blows now under the demented watch of President Joe Biden. If I knew what he was saying, I would repeat it. But since I can never […]

What Was Life Like Back In The 1970s Living With High Inflation?

There’s been a lot of comparison between our current day crisis and that of the high inflation rates of the 1970s. Not too many people lived through that era so they have no idea what notch on the misery totem pole they will soon find themselves. I was in my 20s when the 1970s rolled […]

How I’m Keeping Home Heating And Food Bills Down This Winter.

Our pellet stove is getting a real test out this week. With sub-zero temperatures (wind chills down to 20 below zero Fahrenheit) we’re quickly finding out how well our plan to lower our heating expenses is working out. When outside temperatures were in their mid-thirties we only had to turn on the pellet stove in […]

The Can-Can Sale Is Back With A Vengeance!

Back in the 1980s my family (husband, two kids and I) would make the 1.5 hour car trek ‘up the island’ (nick name for traveling up Long Island peninsula, which is where we lived) and shop twice per year at Shop Rite’s bi-annual Can-Can sale. Click here for more info. Every six months (January and […]


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