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June 16, 2008
The big freeze and breakfast

You know that I frequently recommend Martinelli's sparkling cider, especially for special occasions. It's a refreshing treat that would have gone well on Father's Day had I remembered to put a bottle in the refrigerator before dinner. Instead, I put it in the freezer for a quick chill and went about preparing the rest of our meal. BAD DECISION. At about 9:30 p.m. there was a loud pop - sounded like the ice maker - in the freezer. That's when I remembered the Martinelli's. Since this blog is all about tips, here's an important one: Do not put sparkling cider in the freezer to chill. The cleanup is nasty.

Scanning the ads on Sunday, I realized that you can get a pretty cheap breakfast at your local drug store. Here's the proof:

At Walgreens, Tropicana orange juice is 2/$6 and Oscar Mayer bacon is 2/$5.99 (or BOGO). Add to that English muffins, a dozen large eggs and a 10-pack of Banquet brown'n'serve links at 2/$3 and you have a very resonable meal.

If you're closer to Longs, boxes of General Mills cereals are 2/$5 and a dozen large eggs $1.79. And remember, sometimes breakfast tastes better at dinnertime.

Longs also has Martinelli's sparkling cider for $1.89. You know why I could use another.

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About Shop Cheap

Pam Dinsmore is The Bee's Community Affairs Director. When she's not working, she's shopping. The goal of this blog is to help you save time and money at the grocery store. She's pretty good at it but she can't do it alone. That's where you come in, sharing your tips and secret methods for saving money. You can either respond to the blog or email her at

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