Thursday, December 13, 2012

Why I Love Grocery Deals

For years, I have been on a quest to conquer occasional depression and every-winter SAD without resorting to prescription medicines.

This led to sitting in front of a special light for a grueling half hour every morning plus vitamins and potions of every description.

I've been most successful with a combination of Vitamin D, St. Johns Wort, and 5HTP.  But lately I felt like that wasn't quite cutting it for this stage of life.

My friend Judy recommended something called SAM-e.

When I hear that name, I always think of an Amish guy with a big bushy beard and glasses.  "Did you get some calves from Sam T. Yoder?  No, it was Sam E."

The stuff is expensive, but I like it and I think it's working.  Today I went to Walgreens and bought a one-month's-supply box of SAM-e for $41.  (Horrors)

I got a second box for half price.  (Still a lot)

Then I went breezing toward home but on the way I stopped at my friend Heidi's little bent-n-dent store, Grocery Deals.

I love that place.  You never know what you'll find.  Sometimes it's staples: flour, aspirin, honey.

Sometimes it's fun snacks.

Sometimes it's exotic-for-me foods like those little cards with little spice packets to make chicken cacciatore or shrimp alfredo.

And the price is always a fraction of what you'd pay at a regular grocery store.

Today I was almost ready to check out when I looked at the vitamin and medicine shelves.  Yes, aspirin for my migraine regimen, toothpaste for Steven.

And oh my stars.  One box of SAM-e.  Exactly like what I'd bought at Walgreens.

For $1.99.

I think Heidi will testify on my behalf that I did not actually dance and sing in the aisle, but I felt like it.  She helped me hunt for more boxes, but that was the only one.

She suggested I post about it.  I said I would.

I love Grocery Deals.  You will too.  It's in that little Tivoli Village complex on the south end of Junction City.

 Lookin' happy with SAM-e and Grocery Deals.


  1. She should open one up in Salem!

  2. AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I too love grocery deals and Discount Grocery stores. I have my own story.

    I'm having an issue with varicose veins/phlebitis in one leg. So. Compression Stockings are in order. (gag! - as I'm such a barefoot gal) Surgery is forthcoming and soon to be a part of the story.

    Well. These stockings can be VERY expensive. As in $61.00 for one pair and that is only the thigh high.

    The other month (we grocery shop once a month at a discount place in Lancaster, PA) my hubby was with me and trying to keep the kids entertained was in another part of a store rummaging through some for box and soon I hear my name being called over to come and look... sure enough! One package/2 pair of these support stockings for $1.50.

    That's what I'm talking about. ;)

    I'm glad you found your SAM-e. I would've danced if I were you...

  3. Crystal, there's a similar store in Albany and also one in Lebanon, both called Grocery Depot.
    Bevy--Loved your bargain story.

  4. Going off topic to ask what else you use for your migraine regimen? Came home from yesterday's appointment armed with prescriptions and supplement recommendations. So excited for new possibilities!

  5. Beth--It's nothing fancy: 2 ibuprofen, 2 Tylenol, and 1 aspirin washed down with lots of water and a good shot of caffeine. If my schedule allows, I take it and go to bed to sleep it off. Obviously you have to catch it before you start throwing up.

  6. Both my daughter and I struggle with SAD too...thank you for sharing your discoveries:)

  7. Please give us an update on how the Sam stuff works for you. :)

  8. Found it interesting that you discovered SAM-e... I've been taking it for years and it seems to work. I just ran out about a week ago... and these last few days I could tell it! Finally got some today. Thank God for SAM-e! :) And thanks again for coming and sharing with us Cornerstone Ladies! Blessings to you and I hope the SAM-e is helpful for you!