With today being "Small Business Saturday" I helped out a few locally-owned small businesses by buying breakfast for today (and tomorrow and Monday, maybe even Tuesday), lunch for tomorrow and Monday, and dinner for tomorrow, and in a few will be going out for dinner and a movie. The vast majority of this "lavish" spending will result in credit statements from American Express, so I will end up getting a lot of food for next to nothing. $10 credits as long as the purchase was $10. Mine were all pretty damn close to that amount, maybe a dollar or 2 over. All told, today's AmEx purchases will total around $97 and I will get $90 of that back!
Also, today at Costco, I noticed that just about every shopping cart I saw being pushed around had at least one fresh young turkey, and some even had 2. I thought it odd that so many people would be buying turkeys AFTER Thanksgiving (didn't they get enough turkey already?). I knew something had to be up. I went over to the meat case where the birds were and saw that all the turkeys had been marked down from $1.09/# to $0.79/#. Not bad, but nothing to get crazy excited about. Then I saw the kicker: $10 off the price marked on the sticker. My turkey was originally over $23, marked down to $16.67, minus $10 means I got a turkey just over 21 pounds for $6.67!!!! That is under 32 cents a pound. Of course, I personally have never cooked a turkey, but at this price I am willing to experiment (or maybe find a kindly local who will do it for me and share in this bounty).