Today I was picking a up a few items at the grocery store and noticed that the national brand sausage we normally buy was – gasp – $3.50/lb. I was horrified. Sausage is one of the few meats we still buy because it’s necessary for pizza, which is necessary for Friday nights. We can give up red meat and cut back on chicken, but the sausage is non-negotiable.
So in the face of $3.50 sausage, I searched my brain and remembered that I had seen pork loin in another store’s sale flyer for $1.99/lb. We bought a ton of pork loin last year for $.99/lb and used it to make our own sausage. I thought $1.99 was a good buy until I saw the price of sausage. Then I realized it was a great buy, so I decided to make an extra stop and stock up.
Alas, when I reached HEB, the pork loin was nowhere to be seen. It turned out I had seen last week’s flyer. The sale had come and gone. We bought our first watermelon of the season and wandered the store, enjoying the air conditioning and free samples but disappointed at missing the deal.
Then my eye lit upon an unadvertised special: the same national brand of sausage I usually buy for $3, which had recently risen to $3.50, was on sale 5 lbs/$5! Not only was this about 70% off the regular price, it was half the price of the pork loin we had missed. An added bonus: unlike the pork loin, it was already ground and seasoned. This is noteworthy because while homemade sausage from pork loin is lean and delicious, it’s also a lot of work. Don’t tell my kids, but I make it a practice to avoid unnecessary work whenever possible. I find there is generally enough necessary work to go around.
If you’re wondering whether there is a point to all this, here it is.
My first impulse was to complain that we had made an extra stop for no reason. Then I realized that we did find a good deal on a watermelon, and enjoyed some delicious free samples. The store was on my way home, so I had lost nothing but time. Good enough. I quit complaining.
Then I found the sausage, and realized that God had used an outdated sale flyer and my own faulty memory to lead us to a blessing. Of course He could have done it without my help, but sometimes it’s amusing to see the tools He uses. If I had simply happened into the store, I might not have thought at all about how I came to be there.