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2023.06.01 23:45 MyUniquePerspective The Safeway on 19th street is the worst grocery store in Sacramento

What absolute fucking nightmare that is the parking situation at the Safeway off 19th Street. A toddler could have done a better job designing it. It's like they designed it to be the most infuriating experience imaginable. Finding a parking spot? Good fucking luck! There are neer enough spaces, and the ones they do have are so ridiculously cramped that it's a miracle if you can fit your car without scraping the sides. If you have a truck, forget about it. You are not parking here.
And the layout? It's a disaster waiting to happen. The lanes are a confusing mess with barely visibe markings. Pretty sure they are never maintained. You're constantly doging cars, trying not to scrape your vehicle or hit some oblivious shopper wandering aimlessly. Which a majority are . And don't even get me stated on the shopping carts. They don't exist. Good luck. It's like they've vanished into thin air, leaving you to wander around the chaotic parking lot, praying you stumble upon one. Probably all stolen.
This place has become a magnet for homeless tweakers ad thieves. I can't even count the number of times I've seen people huddled around, openly using drugs and leaving their needles lying around. It's not only disgusting but also a serious safety concern. I mean, who wants to worry about their kidbeing exposed to such dangerous behavior while simply trying to buy groceries? It's fucking disgusting.
Almost every month you see articles of people getting stabbed at this store and I just absolutely refuse to go there now. It's not worth the risk to my life just to get groceries.
It sucks bcause I like Safeway as a brand and they tend to carry good quality stuff at okay prices and I like the gas benefits
And no, I can't afford the co-op so don't even offer it as an option
Why did it get so bad?
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2023.06.01 17:45 acy2365 Looking for some general advice on CC strategy; considering opening 1-2 cards to round out some benefits

Hi all, been lurking for a while and I recently saw a similar post that was very similar to my situation, inspiring me to post. I'm looking to get 1-2 new cards. Much like the earlier poster, my highest priority is a non-Amex, no FTF card. I saw several options recommended and could be interested in WF Autograph, Amazon Visa (not a Prime member), or Citi Costco (though don't have a membership right now).
I do prefer to fly Delta and have considered switching from my strategy of always using the Citi DC to attempting to chase status a bit more with the Amex Delta card. I fly a decent amount across the country every year - I'm on one coast and my family all lives on the other coast (everyone is at Delta hubs). I've considered trying to lean a bit more into the Amex rewards to maximize Skymiles & status and would be interested in how people might recommend doing this? The caveat is that I really do prefer simplicity, and I'd rather not regularly need to use more than 2 cards. I'm ok with having 3-4 cards (eg., if I need to keep a no AF, no FTF, non-Amex for those international trips, that's totally fine), but would prefer that my standard rotation require no more than 2.
I've considered a few different strategies --
  1. Use Delta Amex for everything. Maybe not the most lucrative, but easiest way to get status and regularly earn Skymiles.
  2. Balance spending between Delta Amex and 1 other non-Amex card to get a little bit more value out of rewards while still accruing miles and status. For example, getting the Amazon Visa and using that for all of my Amazon purchases, local transit, and international (non-Amex accepting) spend while putting everything else on the Amex. Open to other card recommendations for this, too?
  3. Open a different Amex and balance the rewards between two Amex cards that gives me more value. With this, can open an easy no AF, no FTF, non-Amex to have as a backup.
  4. Upgrade to the Delta Reserve card & use that plus one other card (which one?)?
  5. Something else?
I do like to travel, and I hope to travel more in the coming years, but I have no loyalties aside from preferring Delta. I do tend to get enough value from the Delta Amex just through the companion pass, so the AF isn't too big of a deal.

• Current credit cards you are the primary account holder of: (list cards, limits, opening date): American Express Delta Platinum (~2019, $14k), Citi DC (~2013, $9k)• FICO Scores with source (see note on FICO score sources below): Equifax 802• Oldest credit card account age with you as primary name on the account: ~9 years• * Number of personal credit cards approved for in the past 6 months: 0• * Number of personal credit cards approved for in the past 12 months: 0• * Number of personal credit cards approved for in the past 24 months: 1 (AMEX Gold, cancelled about 2 years ago)• * Annual income $: $85,000
• OK with category-specific cards?: Yes but preferred maximum 2 cards (with exception of occasional travel abroad)• OK with rotating category cards?: No• Estimate average monthly spend in the categories below. Only include what you can pay by credit card: over last 2 years, have had about $35k/year in CC spending broken down monthly as about --• * Dining: $500 (including things like breweries/cafes ideally)• * Groceries: $500 (usually Safeway & local specialty grocery chain PCC)• * Gas: <1 tank per month (~$20)• * Travel: $350 (overall probably underestimated as I had multiple Delta flights paid for with a big backlog of Skymiles, now depleted; this is mostly airfare and lodging; rare car rentals only when absolutely necessary but prefer to use public transit, walk, rideshare, or transit by bike when available)• * Do you plan on using this card abroad for a significant length of time: At least 1, but often 2-3 international trips per year (1-4 weeks total)• * Any other categories: $400 Amazon, $65 internet; have some streaming services but those are on my partner's card• * Any other significant, regular credit card spend you didn't include above?: Majority of other spending is ancillary merchandise, healthcare expenses, one-off entertainment services like lift tickets or concerts (things that go in my travel budget but don't tend to get counted as travel categories because they're activities, gear rentals, etc.)• * Can you pay rent by credit card? If yes, list rent amount and if there's a fee for paying by credit card: No
MEMBERSHIPS & SUBSCRIPTIONS (delete lines that don't apply)
• Current member of Amazon Prime?: No (partner is Prime member; I am grandfathered into my parent's prime account and have the shipping benefit but am not considered a Prime member by Amazon)• Current Verizon postpaid customer?: No• Current member of Costco or Sam's Club? No (not against joining though...probably would use it a fair bit -- I hear they have great travel deals?)• Currently paying $13.99/month or more for Disney Bundle (Disney+ / Hulu / EPSN+) or other Hulu services? No; partner pays for Spotify + NYT, on other family/friend's streaming accounts• Current member of Chase, US Bank or any other big bank?: Ally, USAA• Active US military?: No• Are you open to Business Cards?: (these are an option if you have any kind of side gig, such as selling on eBay or Etsy) No
• What's the purpose of your next card (choose ONE)?: travel rewards• If you answered "travel rewards", do you have a preferred airline and/or hotel chain? Delta; no preferred hotel• Do you have any cards you've been looking at? So many...AMEX green/gold/plat/reserve, CSP/CSR; also now considering amazon visa, WF autograph, Citi Costco? I probably wouldn't prefer to pay for any of the top tier cards (plat, delta reserve, CSR) AND the current one I have.

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2023.05.31 23:43 NaughtySeer Can my 10cc spores inoculate 20 Uncle Bens bags at once?

Can my 10cc spores inoculate 20 Uncle Bens bags at once?
I see the community instructions say to get a 10cc syringe and then inoculate 10 Uncle Bens bags at once with .5cc per bag. But can't I then do 20 bags or am I missing something?
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2023.05.31 08:06 Grevious47 Recently got the Amazon Prime Rewards Card and Confused on Rewards

Recently got the Amazon Prime rewards card and thought I'd test it out on some purchases.
It states I'll get 5% cash back on Amazon purchases, 2% cashback for gas or commuter expenses, 1% cashback on everything else.
So, I try Amazon purchase...I get 5% cash back.I try gas...I get, 5% cash back
I try a commuter expense, I get 5% cash back
I try grocery shopping at Safeway (the other category)...I get 5% cash back.
When I go to the redemption page it all shows up but for example for groceries for $100 purchase it basically says 1% reward so $1 then another line saying +Additional earn on 1% Back which gives me another $4, bringing it up to $5 or 5%.
Same for gas. It says its a 2% reward so $100 gives me $2. But another line says +Additional earn on 2% Back which gives me another $3, bringing it to $5 or 5%.
I've looked all over the site for an explanation for this and googled the "additional earn on 1% back" "Amazon prime card" to find mention of this somewhere and I can't find anything.
I mean that is great but I assume this is some sort of temporary promotional period right after you get the card? Anyone know?
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2023.05.30 18:44 DonBonified Advice Needed for new Card Recommendations

Trying my best here! I am 21 trying to figure the world out. Recently bought my first home a few months ago, reddit and youtube have helped me achieve so much. It's just me against the world and the only thing on my mind is financial independence.
- Current Credit Cards: Discover IT Secured, Home Depot Consumer
- Fico Score: 720 Experian
- Oldest Credit Card: 1 Year 2 Months (Discover IT)
- Annual Income: 50,000
- Monthly Spending: Utilities 295$ , Gas 300$ , Mortgage 880$ , Groceries 600$ , Home and Car insurance 175$ , Other: 500$
I bank with Charles Schwab for Brokering and Checking, Chase for Checking and Bill Paying, AMEX for savings
I work at Walmart and hence shop there when items are better priced than other stores near me due to a miniscule small discount I receive and 10 cents off a gallon at select gas stations. Only 1 near me I use which is a Mobil 1 station. With fuel prices fluctuating I sometimes have to gas up at Safeway because it's cheaper than Mobil 1 even after the gas discount. I live with my girlfriend and she makes the same income I do hence the high grocery bill. I'm wanting to propose to her in the following year or two coming- are there any incentives for credit or advantages you can grab after you're married?
Currently approved for the following cards and the categories i'm looking to pay for with credit are: GAS, Groceries, Bills ( Property Taxes, Gas and Electric bill, Phone bills, etc. ) i'm currently fixing my foundation and will be purchasing a lot of equipment, tools, toys, concrete bags and a mixer. Are there any 3 card methods I can follow, any recommendations on anything I can read up on, tips and tricks? We've got our Roth IRA' , two savings accounts, when one house payment goes in we also put another house payment into a separate account. This is our only debt and for better income I am currently pursuing my real estate license working with a broker. Thank you.
Chase Freedom Unlimited: $2000 ($200 Bonus)
Chase Sapphire Preferred: $5000 (80k Bonus Point Offer)
Chase Slate Edge: $2000
Chase Freedom Flex: $2000 ($200 + 5% Cash Back Quarterly bonus)
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2023.05.30 05:26 Charming-Sky6989 Third and Fourth Card Recommendations!

MEMBERSHIPS & SUBSCRIPTIONS (delete lines that don't apply)
I have been living under a rock and finally catching up on how to best utilize credit cards. I'm looking to get at least 2 more in the near future and start building from there to maximize cashback and rewards. I will have a significant purchase in the near future ~$10k (In the next 2 months probably) so I would like to maximize the rewards. I also read that I could downgrade my CSP and then re-open it to get the SUB. Will I lose any of my UR points if I do that?
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2023.05.16 06:01 Researcher_1999 A DETAILED, cited timeline of Harris& Klebold's activities on 4/20/99 (Part 1 of 2)

A DETAILED, cited timeline of Harris& Klebold's activities on 4/20/99 (Part 1 of 2)
Harris, Klebold & Associates' activities according to witnesses
Part 1 of 2 since this post exceeds the character limit. You can view part 2 here.

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

6:15 a.m. Klebold is seen talking to Nate Dykeman inside the bowling alley. (Justin Kehm)
--"Justin stated that he had been at his bowling class at the AMF bowling alley at Federal and Belleview, the class started at 6:15 a.m. I asked Justin if he knew Harris or Klebold, and he stated that when he got to class he saw Dylan talking to Nate Dykeman, near the front doors but he didn't remember seeing him after about 7 or 7:10 a.m. I asked Justin if he saw Eric and he stated no." (11k, p.6710)
--"Saw Klebold talking to Dykeman at bowling on 4/20." (10k, p.16289)
Note: Kehm used to play soccer with Harris, so he was familiar with Harris. Note: Going the speed limit, it's a 9-minute drive from the bowling alley to Columbine. If Harris and Klebold left by 7 or 7:10 a.m., this matches Sarah Leary's account of walking into Columbine with Harris at 7:20 a.m.
It's a 9-minute drive from the bowling alley to Columbine. However, Andrew Beard reported seeing Harris at the bowling alley at 7:15 a.m., and Frank Zirger reported seeing Harris bending over the trunk of his car in the parking lot at Columbine at 7:05 a.m. It's possible that these two witnesses just didn't provide an accurate timeframe, since the actions they reported did match other witness reports.
It's a 9-minute drive from the bowling alley to Columbine.
6:15-6:20 a.m. - Harris is seen at the bowling alley; threatens Jessica Rosecrans. (Jessica Rosecrans)
--"On 04/20/1999, Jessica Rosecrans observed Eric Harris at the AMF Belleview lanes at approximately 6:15 - 6:20 a.m., when Harris stated to her, "You are such a stuck up bitch. Someday you are going to pay for it." (11k, p.17489)
--"At approximately 6:15 to 6:20 a.m., Rosecrans was getting her shoes when she saw Harris. Harris said to her, "[REDACTED]." That comment was the extent of their conversation. Rosecrans did not see anyone else from Harris' team." (11k, p.4239)
--"Harris was believed to be wearing a blue and white flannel shirt, jeans, Nike hat, and Nike shoes. It is unusual for Harris to wear Nike apparel." (11k, p.4239)
Note: Rosecrans personally knew Harris and Klebold.

6:20 a.m. - Shanna Geslin sees four cars parked side-by-side in the senior parking lot at 6:20 a.m. (Shanna Geslin)
--"Drove N/B on Pierce Street at about 0620 on 4-20-99 en route to Sophomore parking lot in Clement Park. At that time noticed 4 cars in Senior parking lot that were parked "side by side" which she thought was unusual. Was unable to describe these cars of their occupants." (11k, p.6424)

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

7:05 a.m. - TCM associate Frank Zirger notices Harris bending over the trunk of his car with another male. (Frank Zirger)
--"Frank is familiar with Eric Harris' car, a light gray 1989 Honda Prelude with a "Rammstein" sticker on the rear window. As Frank walked past the Junior lot, he saw Eric's car parked in the Junior lot with the trunk open, and saw Eric behind the car, somewhat bent over as if he was doing something in the trunk. The car was approximately 30-40 feet from the school. Eric was wearing black fatigue pants and possibly his black KMFDM t-shirt. This caught his attention because it was unusual to see Eric and school that early, and that he was not parked in his usual spot, which is in the Senior lot. He had already walked past the car, passing within about 10-15 feet of it, and did not say anything to Harris. He does not know if any of the others with him saw Eric. Frank said that while not absolutely certain, there may have been another male standing near the car with Eric, described as tall, slender, black pants, black waist-length jacket with no patches, whose back was to him." (11k, pp.7412-7413)

7:15 a.m. - Harris and Klebold are seen inside the bowling alley. (Andrew Beard)
--"Beard said that on the morning of 04-20-99 he was at bowling class and observed Harris and Klebold at the opposite end of the bowling alley. Beard wanted to approach Klebold about the fantasy baseball trade, and when he finished bowling he went looking for him. Klebold and Harris were gone. Beard described Harris as wearing his trench coat, and Klebold as wearing his black t-shirt and Boston Red Sox baseball cap. Beard believes that both Harris and Klebold were wearing jeans. Beard estimated he saw Harris and Klebold at 07:15 and discovered that the were gone at approximately 07:30." (11k, p.685)

7:15 a.m. - Harris is seen in the cafeteria wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans with an unknown male. (Abigail Boles)
--"She stated that at approximately 0715 hours that day, she saw Eric Harris in the commons, or cafeteria area, at which time she said, "Hi" to him. She stated that he returned the greeting and then she said goodbye to him while she was en route to her first class... She stated that Eric Harris at that time was wearing normal blue jeans and a white t-shirt, with some type of print on it. She also stated that he was carrying a black backpack with him.
Abigail Boles further advised the investigators that when she met him that morning in the commons area he was with some other male that she did not know by name. She stated that she has seen this person around the school before and that he had not graduated from the school. Upon further questioning, she was explicit in the fact that this other person was not Dylan Klebold with Eric Harris in the commons area. She further was certain that this person also was not a 'Trench Coat Mafia' member, otherwise she probably would have known his name. She could only describe this other person as being a white male, and being of the same height as Eric harris. She further stated that this person had short dark brown hair." (11k, pp.6160-6161)
--"Abigail Boles saw Eric Harris, wearing white t-shirt in cafeteria at 0715 hrs, April 20th - exchanged greetings and she went to class." (10k, p.17969)

7:20 a.m. - Sarah Roasberry observes three males dressed in camouflage in the upper North hall. (Sarah Roasberry)
--"Sarah continued to say that the only thing she saw that seemed unusual involved three male subjects she observed in the North main level hall about 7:20 a.m. on the morning of the twentieth who were wearing camouflage clothes. Sarah said that she did not know these people." (11k, p.4210)

7:20-7:30 a.m. - Harris walks into the school with Sarah Leary. (Sarah Leary)
--"Walked into school with Harris on 4/20/99 7:20 a.m." (10k, 16292) "Leary stated she was friends/acquaintance with Eric Harris. Leary stated on 04-20-99, at about 0730 hours, she walked into the school from the parking lot with Harris. Leary stated she walked up the steps located next to the cafeteria. Leary stated that Harris was wearing jeans, a white t-shirt, and a dark flannel shirt. Leary stated when she was greeted by Harris in the parking lot, then he gave her a hug and asked her why she was dressed up, to which she explained her activities between second and fourth period. Leary stated Harris was not carrying any books or a backpack, and that Harris usually carries a black backpack." (11k, p.6774)

7:30 a.m. - Cherilyn McClain sees a male in a trench coat and wrap around sunglasses near Belleview and Alamo. (Cherilyn McClain)
--"That on the morning of the incident (042099) at about 0730, as Cherilyn was driving South on Kipling between Belleview and Alamo, she saw a white male wearing a trench coat, no hat, and wrap around sunglasses, walking by himself with his hands in his pockets." (Tips, p.13344)

7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Four witnesses see a group of male high school students, including Dylan Klebold, across from the "Mormon House" at S. Pierce Street and W. Polk Ave, gathered around several vehicles. (Barbara Karakusis, Tammy Solano-Gonzales, Bruce Lebsack, Julie Thomas)
The Mormon House down Pierce from Columbine.
--"Barbara Karakusis advised Investigator Eaton that on April 20, 1999, she dropped her daughter off at Columbine High School at approximately 0730 hours. She advised she left the school Southbound on Pierce to take her son to his school. She advised as she was Southbound on pierce passing the first street South of the school, she noticed a group of five to six white males standing and sitting on the Southwest corner of the intersection. She advised that two of the males were sitting on what appeared to be large backpacks and the rest of the males were standing talking with each other. Barbara Karakusis advised that one of the males who was standing caught her attention because he had short blond hair and he appeared to be older than the others.
"Barbara Karakusis advised Investigator Eaton all the males were dressed in black clothing and that the male who looked older than the others appeared to be in his mid-20sShe advised this male was standing and had a black colored blanket or coat draped over his left arm. Barbara Karakusis also advised that the packs on the ground were all dark colored.
Barbara Karakusis advised Investigator Eaton that she thought it odd that all the males were dressed in dark clothing and that one of them was too old to be in high school." (11k, p.7523)
--"I telephoned Solano-Gonzales who said that she drove by CHS every morning on her way to work. She said that she would see a tall kid with dark curly hair wearing black military style pants and some other juvenile males outside of the school by Polk and Pierce, just about every morning. She said that on the morning of April 20, 1999, she was driving to work and saw the same tall white male, wearing the black military style pants, along with several other males, looking into the trunk of a tan colored car. Solano-Gonzales said that the males were just staring in the trunk and were not putting anything in it or pulling anything out of the trunk of the car.
Solano-Gonzales said that she had seen the same male wearing the military style pants, outside the school every morning for the past two weeks, along with several other males. I asked her why she remembers the males. She said that she specifically remembers the male who was always wearing the military style pants because there was a guy at the high school she attended who dressed the same way. She said that after arriving at work and hearing about the shooting and after seeing the picture of the shooters, she is very sure that the white male wearing the black military style pants was definitely Dylan Klebold."
She said that she took more notice of the males that morning because there were more of them than she had seen there over the past few days... Solano-Gonzales said that the other males were wearing white or light colored t-shirts while 'Klebold' was wearing black military style pants and a black t-shirt.
She described the car as being a tan or yellowish colored Plymouth Reliant type body style older model about a 1985." (11k, pp.9834-9835)
"For the past several months she had seen the same high school aged boy standing on that street corner. She said she has since recognized the boy as Dylan Klebold, from the televised coverage of the incident... Gonzales described having seen 'Klebold' standing beside a tan colored 'smaller' car on April 20, 1999 at about 7:45 a.m. She said as she drove by she saw him looking into the trunk of the car with about three other high school aged boys." (Tips, p.13206) (Also see: 10k, p.20099)
--"Lebsack told me that at 0800 hours, on Tuesday, 04-20-99, he was on his way to work when he saw a newer green mini-van, possibly a Ford Windstar, parked on the South side of West Polk Avenue, at the corner of South Pierce Street. Lebsack observed that outside the vehicle were several males, possibly six or seven, all dressed in black, standing at the rear of the mini-van near the cargo area." (Tips, p.13312)
Also see: (11k, Ashly Pimley, p.4072)
Witness #4: JULIE THOMAS
--"That on 042099 at about 0755 hours, Julie turned onto Polk St. from Pierce St. and saw a small, brownish/goldish truck parked on the South side of Polk St. with two teenage males seated in the cab of the truck and possibly three teenage males standing near the back of the truck. That Julie also advised that two of the males standing near the back of the truck were wearing trench coats which she thought was odd, the third male behind the truck was dressed in black, and she did not see the clothing of the two males sitting in the cab of the truck.
That Julie further advised that across the street from the aforementioned truck is a house that has a sign out front designating it as a "Christian Center." (Tips, p.13571)

Unknown time a.m. - Sees cop car with "clearly marked police insignia" parked in one of the CHS lots sometime that morning, pre-11am. (Steve Ogle, p.1056)

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

8:25 a.m. - Klebold arrives at school. (Michelle Fox)
--"Michelle said that as Tina's car came to a stop at the South end of the parking lot, preparing to turn left, she saw Dylan Klebold drive Westward, past their car, presumably en route to his designated parking space within the senior parking lot. Michelle estimated that this would have been about 8:25 a.m. Michelle said that she immediately recognized Dylan's black BMW, and said Dylan was driving it. Michelle said that Dylan was the only person inside his car that she could see, and that as usual, Dylan was wearing a (backwards) black ball cap and his black trench coat." (11k, pp.5194-5195)
Note: Fox knew Klebold since elementary school and was in Harris and Klebold's fourth hour creative writing class.

8:20 a.m. - Klebold is seen sitting in the cafeteria alone. (Brian Deidel)
--"He stated on 04-20-99, he noticed that Klebold was sitting in a back corner in the cafeteria by himself. I asked him what Klebold was wearing and he stated he was wearing his trench coat and a hat, which was backwards." (11k, p.1388)

8:36 a.m. - Harris buys 2 Blue Rhino propane tanks at the 7540 West Chatfield Conoco. (Kenneth Tubbs)
--"He further stated that at about 8:30 a.m. on that date, a white male entered the store and asked to purchase two (2) propane tanks. Mr. Tubbs describes the white male as being about 16 or 17 years old, skinny, with blond hair and wearing jeans and a t-shirt.
Mr Tubbs stated that the teenager paid for the purchase of the propane tanks with twenty dollar bills. Mr. Tubbs stated that "Blue Rhino" propane tanks are the brand of tanks sold at the Conoco gas station."
"Mr Tubbs stated that after the sale of the propane tanks, he asked another employee named Stan Gall to go outside with the customer, unlock the propane tank cage and get two propane tanks." (11k, pp.7780-7781)
--"Receipts recovered from search warrant Harris' house. Propane tank purchased 04-20-99 at 09:12:22 at Texaco, 6798 W. Ottawa. Two propane tanks purchased at Conoco-7540 W. Chatfield at 04-20-99 at 08:36:45. Evidence item #261."
Note: This event was the only propane purchase recovered from a CCTV recording. Two Blue Rhino propane tanks were found in each of Harris and Klebold's vehicles for a total of four Blue Rhino tanks. The tanks found in the cafeteria appear to have rust around the seams, which indicates they were older tanks already in their possession.
The Conoco where Harris bought 2 Blue Rhino propane tanks.
It's a 7-minute drive from Conoco to Columbine High School.
It's a 3-minute drive from Conoco to Eric Harris' home.
8:41 a.m. - Harris (allegedly) posts something to the internet from his home computer. (
According to CNN, Eric Harris posted the following to an AOL chatroom at 8:41 a.m. from his home:
Member name: Eric Harris Hobbies: today is my last day on earth Computers: be prepared
Note: This has never been confirmed by any documentation from AOL and it was not released in any documents, so it's not clear where CNN got this information. Also, this content reads like an AOL profile and would not be the right format for posting in a chatroom. This doesn't make sense and can't be taken seriously.
This information also doesn't fit into the timeline. It's not possible for Harris to have bought propane at 8:36 a.m. and then post something in a chatroom at 8:41 a.m. from home. After paying, it had to have taken at least 3-5 minutes for the clerk to get the propane out of the cage for Harris, get it loaded in the car, and then Harris would have had to drive home, park, walk to the door, unlock the door, access the internet with a dial-up modem, log into AOL, find his chatroom, type out his message, and then post. All of this would be impossible to complete by 8:41 a.m. if he bought propane at 8:36 a.m.

*Unknown time a.m. - A contractor working for Harris' neighbor sees Harris and Klebold breaking things. The times appear to have been redacted.
--"Reffitt stated he was working next door to Harris' residence on 4-19-99 and 4-20-99. Saw Klebold and Harris both days. Heard them banging on wood and breaking glass. Reffitt saw Harris with a crow bar. They were working between [REDACTED] and [REDACTED] [REDACTED]." (10k, p.17997)

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. - Leigh Ann Clark sees a suspect she appears to identify as Robert Perry using a pay phone. (Leigh Ann Clark)
--"I have second hour off about 9:00 a.m. I was walking to see my friend in jewelry class and he was walking past the phones. He was tall, about 6', white, skinny, his hat was backwards, he had sunglasses on, black long coat with some kind of a red heart cross thing on it, black army boots that went up high to the knees, black pants with pockets on the sides, chains everywhere on him, and a black backpack. He was walking slowly and looking around slowly." (11k, p.2723)
--"Leigh Ann stated she saw the "weird" student as she was approaching this classroom around 9:00 a.m., and the person was looking all around while walking slowly down the hallway. The suspicious person was alone and wearing his hat on his head backwards. She went on to say he had sunglasses that were plastic and all black with circular lenses on. An insignia was in the center of a long black coat. The coat was almost knee length. It had pockets on the side and he wore it with the collar raised up in the back. Leigh Ann feels the jacket was open and had buttons to close it instead of a zipper.
The suspicious party was carrying a black backpack over his right shoulder. He had metal chains on his hat, backpack, and pants. His black pants were fabric, not jean material, and had pockets on the side. His boots were black and high, almost to the knee with black shoe strings." (11k, p.2726)
--"She went on to say that the subject had been using the pay phones located near the attendance office, and had been on the phone nearest the interior wall."
"I responded to CHS and noted the phone number of the phone alluded to above as 303-979-9631. The numbers of the 2 additional pay phones were recorded as 303-979-9625 (center) and 303-979-9613 (nearest the hall)." (11k, p.2728)
Note: When deciphering the redaction, the spacing fits Robert Perry.
The subject identified and redacted fits Robert Perry.
The subject identified and redacted does not fit Chris Morris.
9:00 a.m. - Lindsay Ludwig sees two males hiding by a white pick-up truck parked in space #428. When she looks at them, they duck out of sight. (Lindsay Ludwig)
--"She reports observing nothing suspicious in the parking lot as she exited, but noted some activity in the junior lot at approximately 0900, when she had gone into the lot to assist another student with a project. While in the lot, she observed 2 males standing near a white pickup belonging to Hanah Balay. She reports the 2 seemed to be hiding, and when she looked at them they ducked out of sight. She describes them as white males, one being taller than the other... she stated the 2 were in the last row of the junior lot, near a wooden fence." (11k, p.6815)
9:12 a.m. - Harris buys 1 propane tank at the 6798 West Ottawa Texaco (Tammy McGinnis)
--"Contact regarding sale of one propane tank on 4/20/00 at 9:12 a.m. for $52.39. Tammy LNU advises that she was on duty and probably made the sale."
"Completed interview with Tammy McGinnis on 4-27-99. She identified a photo of Eric Harris #3 in photo spread as having purchased propane tank on 4-20-99. Sale occurred at about 9:12 a.m." (10k, p.18077)
--"Receipts recovered from search warrant Harris' house. Propane tank purchased 04-20-99 at 09:12:22 at Texaco, 6798 W. Ottawa. Two propane tanks purchased at Conoco-7540 W. Chatfield at 04-20-99 at 08:36:45. Evidence item #261."
"Video collected-day of occurrence, was filmed over-no value." (10k, p.17601)
Note: Did Harris go home after buying the first 2 propane tanks at Conoco? It's hard to say. Officially, they say he went home and posted to the internet at 8:41 a.m., but that timeline doesn't work. It's also suspicious that investigators said literally everything with a timestamp was off that day except for the cafeteria tape.
Between 8:36 a.m. (Conoco receipt) and 9:12 a.m. (Texaco receipt), we don't know where Harris went. However, there would be about a 30-minute gap between the time he finished buying propane from the first gas station (about 8:40 a.m.) and when he bought propane from the second gas station (9:12 a.m.).
Did he drive from one gas station to the other? The two gas stations he bought propane from were about a 5-minute drive apart:
It's a 5-minute drive between the two locations Harris bought propane that morning.
Note: Harris could have gone home after his purchase at Conoco (arriving about 8:45 a.m.), and then he could have driven to Texaco. It would have been a 7-minute drive from Texaco back to Columbine High School, which does fit with the timeline of when Mollie Weksler saw Harris and Klebold in the parking lot at 9:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m. - Harris and Klebold are seen sitting on the hood of Harris' car (Mollie Weksler)
--"Dylan Klebold did not go to this class, but she saw Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris outside of Columbine High School in the North Senior parking lot sitting on Eric Harris' car hood. Mollie Weksler described Eric Harris' vehicle as a black or gray Honda Prelude and said when she saw them sitting on the hood of Eric Harris' vehicle, this was at approximately 0930 on 04-20-99. Mollie Weksler said Eric Harris had his vehicle parked approximately two parking spaces away from Dylan Klebold's vehicle in this North Senior parking lot of Columbine high School." (11k, p.7357)

9:35 a.m. - A teenager in a black trench coat is seen near Coal Mine & Marshall (Meg Beck)
--"4/20 9:35 a.m. I drove around Collegiate Academy @ Coal Mine & Marshall to take my daughter to the dentist located at 6885 S. Marshall. I saw a teenager sitting under a tree near Coal Mine with a black trench coat on. He almost appeared to me at the time to be a lookout for something." (Tips, p.13015)

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

10:05 a.m. - Harris is seen by the gym (Daniel Bell)
--"He told me he saw Eric Harris by the gym at 1005 wearing a black t-shirt with green writing, black pants, and carrying a black pack small in size." (10k, 21919)

10:15-10:20 a.m. - Harris and Klebold are seen outside the front of the school between the main hall and the South hall exit door. (Mike Casey)
--"He encountered Harris and Klebold between 1015 and 1020 hours outside the school on the East end of the building between main and South hall exits. They were walking South. Neither had guns or bags." (10k, p.22404)

10:20 a.m. - Klebold is seen exiting the social studies wing alone. (Michael Berry)
--"Berry remembered seeing Dylan Klebold at school on the 20th. He said he was wearing a black beret, sunglasses, a black cloak (trench coat), and black pants. He said he saw him coming out of the social studies wing at about 1020 hours. He recalls nothing unusual about Dylan that day, he did remember that Dylan's hands were in his pockets and he was by himself." (11k, pp.5384-5385)

10:20-10:25 a.m. - The diversionary bombs are placed (possibly - this is unconfirmed)
A mail delivery person (allegedly) spots Harris and Klebold walking East down the path from the spot where the diversionary bomb was placed (Randy Brown)
According to Randy Brown, at 10:15 a.m., a mail delivery person told him she saw Harris and Klebold walking East from the location where the diversionary bomb was found in the greenbelt near the 7900 block of South Wadsworth and Elmhurst. This is significant and possibly accurate, give or take 5-10 minutes, since multiple people reported seeing Dylan's BMW flip a U-turn in a cul-de-sac one block from the school at 10:40 a.m. before barreling into the parking lot. (Keep in mind, Dylan's BMW had a passenger wearing a light-colored baseball cap and was followed by a tan sedan matching Nate Dykeman's vehicle, with two occupants).
Randy Brown says the mail person saw Harris and Klebold around 10:15 a.m.
Randy Brown says the mail person saw Harris and Klebold walking East from the diversionary bombs area around 10:15 a.m.
Aerial view of the diversionary bomb location.
It takes about 8 minutes to drive from Columbine to Wadsworth and Elmhurst.
It takes about 8 minutes to drive between the school and the location where the diversionary bombs were placed. If Harris and Klebold were seen speeding into the parking lot at 10:40 a.m., they could have easily placed the diversionary bombs between 10:20-10:25 a.m. and left to return to the school by 10:40 a.m. Although the mail carrier said she saw them at 10:15 a.m., other witnesses saw them leave the school building outside the East exit around 10:15 a.m. If they left the school at 10:15 a.m., they would have arrived at the diversionary bomb spot at approximately 10:23 a.m. If they left the school at 10:20 a.m., they would have arrived at the diversionary bomb spot at approximately 10:28 a.m. If the mail carrier's story is true, this fits perfectly into the timeline with minor adjustments for actual times.
The diversionary bombs were placed against the fence to the left of the shed.
The diversionary bombs were placed against the fence to the left of the shed.
The diversionary bombs were placed against the fence to the left of the shed.
10:40 a.m. - A block from Columbine, a construction subcontractors see 4 teens in a black BMW followed by a tan car (Jason Adams, supervisor) (Roger Anderson, subcontractor) (Gary Talocco)
Witness #1: JASON ADAMS
--"They [his subcontractors] advised him that a black BMW followed by a small tan car broke through the cul-de-sac then left heading towards Columbine High about five minutes later they heard loud bangs coming from Columbine." (10k, p.7423)
--"Anderson was loading dump trucks at the corner of Caley Street and Pierce Street, across from the South parking lot of Columbine High School on the morning of April 20, 1999. At approximately 10:00 a.m., Anderson recalled seeing a Jefferson County Sheriff's Officer on a motorcycle sitting at the Caley/Pierce intersection watching for speeders. About 15-20 minutes after the officer left the area, Anderson saw two vehicles turn off Pierce and onto Caley Street. Anderson advised that the two vehicles came about 100 feet onto Caley Street and then made a u-turn and returned to Pierce Street."
--"Anderson stated that the first vehicle was a black of dark blue BMW that contained four teenagers. Anderson recalled that the teenager in the passenger seat of the BMW was wearing a light colored baseball hat. The second vehicle that was tailgating the BMW was described by Anderson as a light colored, mid-sized vehicle containing two individuals." (11k, p.7430)
Witness #3: GARY TALOCCO
--"Talocco stated he ran over to the tennis courts and assisted guiding students out of the area. While in that area he spoke to an unidentified maintenance man who had been working on the school roof. That individual told him he had seen the individuals in the shooting exit a black vehicle in the parking lot, along with a third person, shortly before the shooting started. He also stated he had observed a small tan colored vehicle following the black one as it arrived in the lot."
"I contacted (W)Clark by phone. He confirmed talking with (W)Talocco, but stated (W)Talocco had apparently misunderstood the conversation. (W)Clark stated he told (W)Talocco he had seen three kids in the back of the school laying down, apparently shot. He did not have any information on vehicles or other suspect activity. (W)Clark also stated to his knowledge, he was the only person working on the roof that day." (11k, p.8976-8977)

10:45 a.m. - Harris and Klebold are (allegedly) seen at the smoker's pit with Brian Sargent (Nicole Dickey)
--"Saw Harris & Klebold @ smoker's pit at 10:45 w/Sargent." (10k, p.16278) Note: Dickey's interview summary doesn't mention Harris and Klebold being with Sargent in the smoker's pit, however, she mentions meeting up with Sargent after running away from the smoker's pit.
10:45 a.m. - Harris and Klebold (allegedly) fire two shots from the smoker's pit (Nicole Dickey)
--"She said she left the school on the North side to go to the smoker's pit at 10:45. When she looked North towards Clement Park, she saw two people dressed in black trench coats and black pants. She said both were wearing black ski masks when she first noticed them. As she watched them from a distance of about thirty yards, they removed the ski masks and placed them on the table. She recognized them as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. Both of them were standing under the blue gazebo Northeast of the school. Next to one of them was a large three-foot long green duffel bag. She said she started to walk over and talk to them.
Nicole said when they noticed her, they raised pistols and fired two shots at her. One of the shots hit the grass next to her on her right. Nicole said she turned and ran downwards Pierce Street and never looked back."
--"At Pierce and Polk she was picked up by two friends, Brian Sargent and Frank Zigler [Zirger]. They then drove to Burger King for lunch. She said the three of them were going to meet for lunch. When asked why she did not tell anyone what had happened, she said she was scared of what they might do to her." (11k, p.6321)
Note: Sargent told investigators he was studying for a test in his government/economics class from 10:20-11:10 a.m., after which, he and Frank Zirger drove to the North side of the school to pick up Dickey and then they went to Burger King. (11k, p.10886)
A view of the tennis courts just to the left of the smoker's pit.
The smoker's pit (from a distance).
10:58 a.m. - Harris brings a large duffel bag and a backpack into the cafeteria. (Cafeteria CCTV)
10:59 a.m. - Harris leaves the cafeteria empty handed. (Cafeteria CCTV)
10:59 a.m. - Klebold brings a large duffel bag and a backpack into the cafeteria. (Cafeteria CCTV)
11:00 a.m. - Harris is seen leaving the school parking lot (Leigh Kamens)
--"Saw Eric Harris leave parking lot at approximately 10:55 a.m. Also saw Klebold fire a weapon into the school." (10k, p.19939)
--"When I was returning to Columbine at about 10:55 a.m., as I turned to go into the parking lot, I saw Eric Harris in a silver car, turning right out of the parking lot. (I have known Eric since the 7th grade). I waved at him and said hi. He waved back." (10k, p.3408)
Note: Since Harris left the cafeteria at 10:59 a.m., it's safe to assume Kamens saw Harris leave the lot closer to 11:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - Lucas Milne observes Robert Perry talking to some friends in the cafeteria. (Lucas Milne)
--"Milne stated that he was in the tech lab and at approx. 11:00 went to the commons area for a Coke and at that time he observed [REDACTED] [Robert Perry] in the commons area talking to some friends and that he knows [REDACTED] from the Safeway store and from school. Milne stated that [REDACTED] was wearing a black trench coat, white shirt, black pants, no hat, no glasses, black boots, and black hair." (11k, p.5623)

11:00 a.m. - Lucas Milne observes a suspect alone in the hall loading a magazine into a pistol & hears a shot fired. (Lucas Milne)
--"That just prior to the shooting that he had come out of the Tech Lab and saw a male party in a black trench coat, all black clothes, high black boots and described as a W/M approx. 6-3 in height, dark brown hair with no hat and no glasses.
This male party was putting a clip into a pistol like weapon and Milne then turned around and heard a shot but did not see where it went."
--"Milne continued stating that prior to the shooting, he had gone from the Tech Room to the commons area of the cafeteria to get a Coke and that he had seen a person he felt to be [REDACTED][Robert Perry] in the commons area, and then Milne went back to Tech Class and the shooting started moments later."
--"Milne also stated that the person in the hallway with the weapon was by himself." (10k, p.5625) Note: It's safe to assume [REDACTED] is Robert Perry since Perry worked at Safeway and Milne said [REDACTED] and Klebold "look alike."

11:00 a.m. until the shooting begins

11:05-11:10 a.m. Harris is seen at the smoker's pit wearing a trench coat. Also in the smoker's pit are Brooks Brown and Rachel Scott (Jennifer Smull)
--"Ms. Smull said that she had seen Eric Harris at the 'smoker's pit' between 11:05 and 11:10 a.m. on 04-20-99. She wasn't sure about what he was wearing, but thought he had on a trench coat. Ms. Smull said she made a remark about having a bad day to the students at the pit and that Eric said something like, 'Not only are you having. bad day, it's Hitler's birthday.' Smull said she remembered the remark because Harris usually didn't speak with her. She said that she thought some of the other students at the smoker's pit might have been Taran Fleming, Brooks Brown, and Rachel Scott."

11:10-11:15 a.m. Harris and Klebold are seen walking toward the cafeteria entrance with a third, older suspect (Stefanie Haney)
"Her last class prior to the A lunch was her business class. After this class, she went to the Rebel Corner store in the commons area to buy a soft drink. After buying the soft drink, she exited the commons/cafeteria through the South exit doors adjacent to the junior parking lot. As she walked to the South on the sidewalk, she saw Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, and an unidentified male walking toward the entrances to the commons/cafeteria. Harris was in a black trench coat and blue jeans. He appeared to be empty handed. His hands were inside of his trench coat pockets as if he were going out of his way trying to keep the coat closed, Klebold also had on a black trench coat with blue jeans. He also had his hands inside of his trench coat pockets as if he were trying to keep the coat closed.
The third individual was walking about one or two feet to the rear of Klebold and Harris, however he appeared to be with Klebold and Harris. He is described as the same height as Harris, wearing black boots, a white v-neck t-shirt, and blue jeans. Medium complexion with dirty blond hair, possibly in his early twenties. His hair was bowl cut, shaved on the sides and back. Stefanie had never seen this individual in all of her four years at the school. He looked older to her, not the age of a high school student." (11k, p.830)

11:10-11:15 a.m. Chris Morris is seen near the main doors wearing a trench coat, black shirt, camouflage pants, carrying a heavy duffel bag over his shoulder. (Jennifer Smull)
--"Ms. Smull said that between 11:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., she saw a person, who she thought was [REDACTED] someone who hung out with Dylan, near the main doors and it appeared that he had just come in. (She later identified this person as [REDACTED]. She said that he was wearing a black trench coat, black shirt, black and white camouflage pants (he normally tucks his pants into his boots, but she didn't remember if they were tucked in or not), and he was carrying a black colored duffel bag with one or two yellow stripes, or maybe just some yellow color on it, and the bag appeared to be heavy by the way it was being carried upon his shoulder. Ms. Smull said that [REDACTED] is about 2 to 3 inches shorter than Dylan." (10k, p.2185) Note: The [REDACTED] subject in Smull's interview is most likely Chris Morris. One instance was incompletely redacted and it appears that the last two letters of the person's name are "is," which matches Morris.
The redacted subject mentioned in Jennifer Smull's interview is likely Chris Morris.
Click here for part 2 of this timeline.
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2023.05.14 19:01 dbot1016752 I fell for the Mothers Day Flowers

I read another dashers report based off what happened to them last year, advising to stay away from any flower deliveries for how little they pay and how difficult it is to deliver. They were right. I was offered 10$ and i assumed it was one order of flowers, it was two large arrangements for two different people… I don’t understand why door dash thinks people can just carry two full vases in one go. I picked up the orders from the desk begrudgingly, and waddled over to my car parked at the other end of the parking lot (safeway was very packed and busy at the moment). Barely hanging onto each vase, one bump away from slipping and dropping them. I got to my car and thought to myself that these arrangements were 100% going to spill. I did the only reasonable idea, dump the water out. After that i loaded it into my car and i was on my way.
First customer, the delivery says to call them to arrange a drop off as the order may be a gift for the recipient. I call him, explain why im calling, and now hes upset with me. Telling me just to leave it at the front door. 5$ no tip, whole ass house near San Jose.
Second customer, 5 miles away from the first and up the some of the steepest residential neighborhoods with rolling hills. My 6 speed manual is fighting for its life. I get DEEP into the richest part of the neighborhood and find out im delivering to a mansion while they also have their driveway being repaved. I get there and call and they immediately hung up on me, i call a second time and they agree to come to the door. We exchanged a brief but nice conversation and i leave.
5$ no tip, no cell service. Great.
Waste of time and effort for it all to be spent in gas just getting there. Dont be like me and fall for these orders.
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2023.05.11 18:32 mellifiedman07 lease takeover for our lovely 3bd1ba

lease takeover for our lovely 3bd1ba
hello! we're looking for someone to take over our lease, available may 31.
we live in a 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom ground floor apartment (and we wish we knew the square footage, but nobody will tell us, but i estimate that it's gotta be something a little short of 800 sqft) and currently pay rent at $2,040/mo. (that's $680 for a single room fellas!) the rooms are spacious and it’s a corner unit, so you only share one wall with neighbors. the bathroom has a bathtub/shower and two sinks. the complex has a pool and is walking distance to grocery outlet, dollar tree, goodwill, nugget, and the cowell safeway (not the covell safeway). it’s five minutes away from downtown on a bike and probably about ten to fifteen minutes from campus. laminate flooring in the common areas, nice shag carpet in the bedrooms. coin-op laundry on site. central ac/heating. watesewegas paid by owner.
now, here's the sitch: she's a great apartment in a great location and she's served us well. but we graduated last year and got jobs in sacramento recently, so we're looking to move soon because the commute's a little bit of a headache. unfortunately, the year long leases at our apartment complex coincide with the school year, so we can't get out of our lease until september.
that's where you come in.
ideally, you
- are a reliable rent payer - have a credit score that’s 700 or above or a co-signer with a credit score like that - make enough to cover 2.5 times the rent at $2,040/mo - have rental insurance - have a good rental history
(these are, as far as we can remember, the qualification terms that were given to us when we first started renting here, but they may have changed because the building changed hands over the course of our time here.)
you would still need to go through the application process with the property management company, but we'd be happy to put you in touch w them or show you the place, just let us know.
depending on the situation, we’d be happy to coordinate move-in with you and may even be able to help to some degree. we'll even throw in our color changing wall lights, if you want them. (they can only be stuck to the wall once and we'll be sad to remove them.)
come see it in all of its 3d tour glory:
if interested, email me at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) or text me at (415) 425-3405.
bedroom (most natural light, next to bathroom, shares one wall)
bedroom (big closet, across from bathroom, shares one wall, has direct vent from hvac)
bedroom (big closet, across from bathroom, shares one wall, has direct vent from hvac)
bedroom (largest, has two windows, connects to kitchen/living room, shares wall with neighbors)
bedroom (largest, has two windows, connects to kitchen/living room, shares wall with neighbors)
bathroom (hallway with two sinks, countertop, and ample storage)
bathroom (bathtub and toilet separated from sinks with pocket door)
kitchen (ample storage, slide out cutting board)
kitchen (oven and fridge)
living room (front door, door to bedroom)
living room (doorway to bathroom and two other bedrooms)
living room (to the window, to the wall!)
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2023.05.08 14:23 just-read1ng Newsletter 1 - APRIL 2023 Part 1

I thought i just start with a newsletter showing the most recent news i found here
While the share of shoppers who said they bought fewer groceries dropped to 32% in February from 41% in October 2022, the data indicates that people have nevertheless been taking active steps to mitigate the impact food costs are having on their finances.
Sixty-eight percent of shoppers in the survey said their grocery spending was more than it was a year ago, up from 59% in 2022, and the vast majority of those people (85%) blamed that additional spending on rising prices.
Although grocery inflation has been slowing, it remains sharply elevated, according to U.S. government statistics.
More than half of respondents (52%) to the survey said they are looking for deals more than they did in the past, an increase of 5 percentage points since last October. Notably, 31% buy items only when they are on special, up from 27%. Thirteen percent of respondents said they have stopped buying organic products, and 14% have reduced their purchases of fresh produce, although both of those figures were below their levels in October.
In addition, the percentage of people who buy less fresh meat or seafood than they did before has trended downward, while the proportion who buy more of those items frozen has increased, suggesting that shoppers are looking at myriad strategies to manage costs while keeping their homes stocked with food.
Shoppers have also been buying more items in bulk in person, increased their purchases of products carrying store brands, and stepped up their use of loyalty programs, according to the research.
Some 15% of shoppers said they eat out less often, a behavior shift the report pointed out generally pushes people to buy more groceries. Still, spending on food in restaurants outpaces grocery spending by a margin of 53% to 47%, according to the report.
The poll, part of FMI’s ongoing U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends survey, was conducted from Feb. 1-14 by The Hartman Group and reflects responses from 2,105 shoppers.
The survey also found that people visited an average of 5.2 grocery stores in February, up slightly from 4.9 during the same period in 2022. In addition, consumers are placing greater importance on quality perimeter goods — especially produce — and accurate pricing information in choosing where to shop.
The report noted that although worry about COVID has fallen to its lowest level since the early days of the pandemic, a third of shoppers remain “extremely” or “very” concerned about the disease.
While the cashback feature is the main one that H-E-B is spotlighting, the grocer also noted that the cards have additional benefits, including instant access to a virtual version of their card; personalized travel and lifestyle specials; and, for eligible participants, no impact to their credit score.
The announcement noted that neither card has an annual fee and that customers get the 1.5% cashback not only by shopping at H-E-B but also for all other Visa-eligible purchases at other vendors like movie theaters, gas stations online retailers and more.
H-E-B Group Vice President of Marketing Ashwin Nathan said in the announcement that the new credit cards are part of the Texas grocery company’s efforts to offer “innovative, quality programs” that help shoppers save.
“With the H-E-B and Central Market credit cards, we’re offering Texans a more rewarding shopping experience that provides savings wherever they shop and gives H-E-B and Central Market fans a premium benefit on their favorite products,” Nathan said.
Along with the two new Visa Signature Credit Cards, H-E-B launched last September its H-E-B Debit Card account, which lets customers access several benefits and perks such as 5% cashback on H-E-B private label items.
That same month, DoorDash and Chase announced plans to launch a DoorDash and Mastercard credit card — a first for the e-commerce service provider.
Chase also partnered with Instacart to launch a co-branded credit card last month.
Less than a month after naming its next president, Wakefern Food Corp. has announced additional updates to its executive ranks.
The retailer-owned cooperative said Monday that Elena Kabasinskas has been named group vice president of strategy, planning and transformation. In the role, she will oversee key business processes and future-focused strategies like the deployment of new technologies.
Kabasinskas has worked for the past two years as an industry consultant, according to her LinkedIn profile. Prior to that, she worked at The Estée Lauder Companies, where she was most recently senior vice president in the company’s Global Transformation Office and Special Projects — a role in which she “led strategic initiatives that drove growth, efficiency, and transformational change,” according to Wakefern’s announcement.
Kabasinskas also led financial and business operations for the cosmetics maker as senior vice president of strategy, finance and business services in North America. In all, she spent more than 25 years at The Estée Lauder Companies, according to her profile.
“[Kabasinskas] will play an important role as we look to further fuel growth across our entire business. Her deep experience in process improvement and business transformation will be pivotal as we look internally to strengthen our own operations and meet the challenges presented by a new digital world,” Joe Sheridan, Wakefern’s president, said in a statement.
Wakefern also announced that Michael Day, who joined the company in 1999, has been promoted to senior vice president of strategy, business development and architecture. In that role, Day will lead strategic planning across numerous business units and will oversee information technology, real estate, business development, member services and strategic transformation strategies.
Kabasinskas will report to Day, Wakefern noted.
Last month, Wakefern announced that Mike Stigers, who formerly headed United Natural Food, Inc.’s retail division, will become its next president, effective June 1. He will fill the role currently held by Sheridan, who announced his retirement last year after nearly five decades with the company.
Phood’s technology and feedback will give Lunds & Byerlys employees the ability to scan and weigh food as it is added to the grocer’s deli food bars and then again before food is thrown away, according to the press release. With this data, the grocer can make changes to ensure less food is wasted by providing shoppers with the proper food offerings at the right time.
Phood’s solution is a combination of hardware and software that automates food waste tracking for food retailers, according to the announcement.
Aaron Daly, vice president of strategic development at Ecology Action and previously principal at the Ratio Institute, noted in a recent interview that Phood’s system informs store employees and managers of what was bought for different departments, where it’s all going and what it’s costing the grocer. This in turn makes it easier for grocers to know what to order less of, said Daly, who is familiar with Phood from the Ratio Institute’s work with the company.
“It’s a real-time management tool that’s very powerful, saves money [and] reduces food waste,” said Daly, who was also a former director of energy management at Whole Foods Market.
The Monday press release credits Lunds & Byerlys with being the first retailer in the Twin Cities to adopt Phood’s food waste management solution. Along with the food waste reductions estimated with the company’s technology, Lunds & Byerlys has a partnership with Second Harvest Heartland’s Food Rescue Program and also donates food to local pig farms. The grocer said it is stopping nearly 6 million pounds of food from becoming waste annually, the press release notes.
In Coresight Research findings released last June, 90% of surveyed grocers considered food waste reduction to be key to meeting corporate sustainability targets. However, 51% of surveyed retailers said they do not have the technology needed to prioritize this sustainability initiative while 52% said they lacked management support for effective food waste reduction.
“The gap right now, I think, is that grocers need guidance on how to find the best tools and how to integrate them into their businesses,” Daly said.
Grocers often rely on partnerships with companies like Too Good To Go and Flashfood, which sell food that would otherwise go to landfills for a discounted price, to bolster food waste efforts. But more food retailers are beginning to integrate technology, like artificial intelligence, that will help with management and better limit food waste.
For example, SpartanNash at the end of last year began piloting Afresh Technologies’ predictive ordering and inventory management system at 10 Family Fare stores in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area with the goal of improving forecasting, procurement, inventory control and food handling to decrease food waste.
Catherine Douglas Moran contributed to this report.
The announcement that Giant Eagle is adopting what is essentially a hybrid approach to notifying Cleveland customers of promotions comes several months after the supermarket chain reportedly stopped sending printing circulars to customers in the Midwestern city.
Giant Eagle did not provide specifics about why it elected to again send a paper version of its weekly flyer to shoppers in Cleveland.
​​​“We are committed to putting our customers at the center of everything we do to ensure we provide what is most important to them, and what they want most right now is high-quality products at a good price,” Brian Ferrier, senior vice president of merchandising for Giant Eagle, said in a statement.
The grocer also did not indicate if its decision would affect other markets where it operates, but local media reports in Pittsburgh, where Giant Eagle is based, said the chain plans to start distributing printed circulars to homes in that region in May. The retailer ceased sending paper circulars to households in Pittsburgh in March, according to a report by WTAE.
In that city, Giant Eagle is facing stiffer competition: Walmart recently surpassed Giant Eagle as the top grocer in Pittsburgh as measured by market share, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported this month.
Data indicates that shoppers have been showing declining interest in purchasing groceries online as they continue to deal with inflation, suggesting printed circulars could resonate with shoppers looking to connect with supermarkets without having to head online. Consumer rights advocates have urged retailers to find ways other than digital channels to deliver promotions to the millions of people who do not have internet access or are not comfortable using online tools.
Giant Eagle’s move back to printed circulars follows its appointment of a new CEO last month, when the retailer summarily ousted its longtime leader, Laura Shapira Karet, without saying why it had decided to part ways with the executive.
This story is the first in a three-part series on how sustainability ties into grocers' bottom lines.
Kroger has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into its Zero Hunger, Zero Waste sustainability initiative, yet when the supermarket company’s leaders answer questions from industry analysts about its financial results, the expansive environment-focused program doesn’t typically come up.
Top managers of other publicly traded food retailers that also highlight their sustainability programs, such as Ahold Delhaize and Sprouts Farmers Market, also don’t often field questions during earnings calls about their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives, even as metrics like same-store sales and earnings per share are top topics of discussion.
That disconnect stems from the fact that while paying attention to the planet might be laudable, demonstrating the connection between sustainability and the bottom line remains a substantial challenge for the supermarket industry, according to analysts.
“You hope companies are doing the right things, but I don’t think as of right now people are going to go, ‘Oh, your sales and earnings were not good and they look ugly, but you're doing good things in sustainability, so we're going to reward you for that,’” said Brian Yarbrough, a consumer research analyst for financial services firm Edward Jones. “We're just not in an environment where that is today, and I don't see that in the foreseeable future.”
Many investors are also skeptical about claims companies make about their sustainability-related goals, in part because of a lack of standards governing the way they measure and report that information, Yarbrough said. That means that aside from fund managers who are specifically focused on putting money into companies based on what they can discern about their ESG progress, there is relatively little interest in using programs related to taking care of the environment as a way to judge a firm’s performance, at least for the time being, he said.
“There’s nothing there like GAAP data or accounting where it says, ‘OK, this seems believable, this is how they’re going to get there,’” said Yarbrough, who tracks retailers including Target, Walmart, Costco, Amazon and Dollar General.
Scott Mushkin, CEO of R5 Capital, shared a similar view. “It’s hard to delineate between the companies that … are looking at ESG through the lens as you would look at any investment in a business, and those that are just doing it to dress the company up to satisfy the latest trend” instead of as a way to improve underlying business fundamentals, Mushkin said.
The fact that companies track and report their progress toward sustainability-related goals differently is a central reason why analysts are paying relatively little attention to that information, said Arun Sundaram, a senior equity research analyst for CFRA Research who tracks the grocery sector.
“In the financial statement universe, you have standards, and then auditors make sure that every company is following the standards,” Sundaram said. “But there’s not something like that right now for ESG. The criteria are different, and there’s no standardization. We’re still very much in the early stages of ESG reporting.”
Efforts are underway to develop standards for how companies report aspects of their performance related to the environment.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into ways to standardize how companies describe climate-related risks that could materially affect their performance to investors in regulatory filings and other documents. As part of that initiative, the agency has proposed laying out specific requirements for how companies disclose details about their greenhouse gas emissions to investors — potentially paving the way for companies to include metrics about sustainability in their earnings statements.
Private-sector groups like the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation are also working to harmonize the way companies communicate with investors about sustainability-related financial information.
“As a CEO, you have to care and want to do better for the environment and do things that will help the environment, but you also can’t just be throwing a bunch of money at it without any type of return, because you will get penalized for that by investors.”
Brian Yarbrough
Consumer research analyst, Edward Jones
Sundaram and Yarbrough said while their firms have taken steps to guide investors who want to take sustainability and other aspects of ESG into account when making decisions, they remain focused on using basic accounting principles to make recommendations.
Sundaram noted that his firm relies on an automated scorecard developed by in-house quantitative specialists to benchmark companies on their progress relating to ESG, adding that he doesn’t usually touch on sustainability in writing reports about retailers he follows.
Yarbrough said Edward Jones subscribes to an ESG-scoring service so it can provide guidance to investors who ask for it. But he emphasized that most investors are much more concerned with traditional financial measures when they decide where to deploy their funds — and expect company executives to focus on those metrics, too.
“As a CEO, you have to care and want to do better for the environment and do things that will help the environment, but you also can’t just be throwing a bunch of money at it without any type of return, because you will get penalized for that by investors,” said Yarbrough.
While traditional investors might not be ready to use ESG metrics as a way to judge companies’ performance, sustainability and marketing experts said firms that demonstrate a commitment to the environment nevertheless stand to benefit because shoppers are increasingly paying attention and climate change is directly impacting their operations. Investors are taking notice of that dynamic in the relationship between consumers and grocers.
“Understanding the importance of embracing sustainability … is really the next wave of total quality management,” said Chisara Ehiemere, senior research lead of return on sustainability investment at the Center for Sustainable Business at New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Ehiemere continued: “If you're going to be thinking long term, if you’re going to be making sound business decisions, you're thinking about sustainability opportunities. You're thinking about the benefits from the consumer lens, you're looking at the risks, you're thinking about resiliency.”
The connection between a retailer’s commitment to sustainability and its prospects as a business also plays out in the types of goods it offers to shoppers, data the NYU sustainable business center recently collected in conjunction with consumer behavior analysis firm Circana suggests. Circana was formed in 2022 through the merger of Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) and The NPD Group.
Shoppers have been gravitating toward sustainability-marked products more quickly than conventional goods, and these products’ market share grew to 17.3% of purchases in 2022 despite the high inflation pressuring consumers, according to NYU and Circana’s Sustainable Market Share Index, which takes into account sales of products in 36 categories.
Rising interest among shoppers in buying sustainable products emphasizes the key position grocers play in helping people demonstrate their commitment to the environment through their buying decisions, said Randi Kronthal-Sacco, a senior scholar of marketing and corporate outreach at the Stern School who helped direct the research.
“For a retailer in particular who's interested in growth, which is sustainable products, and the future consumer, they should be gravitating towards sustainability in a big way,” Kronthal-Sacco said.
Doug Yolen, Circana’s vice president for center of store, said the data is a sign for retailers that their public commitment to sustainability will play a growing role in attracting shoppers in the years to come.
“Knowing the channel and the audience who the grocer is talking to is critical for them to be successful,” Yolen said. Whether they are shopping in a store or online, shoppers “really do get into the nitty-gritty when it comes to looking at grocers as a sustainable shopping in-store experience.”
Increasing shopper interest in buying sustainable food from retailers that make environmental stewardship a priority — combined with the savings retailers can realize by taking steps to use natural resources more efficiently and cut waste — underscores the importance for retailers of focusing on the environment and taking concrete steps to broadcast their achievements, said Sandeep Patnaik, a professor of marketing at the University of Maryland Global Campus School of Business.
“If companies, including grocery stores, are to survive and to be sustainable themselves in terms of the bottom line, then they have to have this conversation” about their commitment to sustainability, he said.
The efforts retailers make to position themselves as the sources of environmentally friendly products shoppers want, build sustainable supply chains and cut waste from their operations, Patnaik added, are “music to the investors’ ears.”
Wegmans’ is looking to brew up new coffee options after recording a decrease in morning traffic at its in-store Buzz Coffee Shops, which are staffed by the grocer’s workers, according to local reports.
In a statement to News10NBC, a Wegmans spokesperson said that coffee-brewing technology “has come a long way” and noted that the new self-serve machines use “our same high-quality coffee beans and offer a similar menu” to what customers can find at Buzz.
It’s unclear when the pilot started and how long it will last. Wegmans did not respond to media inquiries from Grocery Dive by publication time.
“As always, we’ll monitor the success of this new program, and continue to evaluate the future of our coffee shops as we move forward,” the Wegmans spokesperson told News10NBC.
The grocery industry has seen foot traffic rise as pandemic restrictions and concerns have eased, though high gas prices have cut into some of those trip gains. The grocery sector saw a 3.1% drop in foot traffic in the fourth quarter of 2022, compared to the same period in 2021, according to
The self-serve coffee pilot comes at a time when grocers are figuring out how to balance automation with their workforces in areas like checkout, service departments and e-commerce fulfillment.
Wegmans has a history of innovation and trying out new concepts to bolster its business, with stores around its headquarters in Rochester often serving as testing grounds. Earlier this year, the grocer started piloting smart carts from Shopic at two New York stores — one in Amherst and another in Rochester. The grocer also recently launched an online tool called “Feel Your Best” to help shoppers plan balanced meals and build healthy eating habits.
Wegmans has also not shied away from making tough choices to benefit its bottom line. Last year, it decided to end the use of its scan-and-go shopping app three years after launching it at a Rochester store.
The regional grocer’s new benefit launched on Monday and is accessible to SNAP participants via Giant’s pickup and delivery services orders, according to the press release. The grocer noted the program is tapping funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.
“Nearly 150,000 of our Baltimore neighbors are impacted by the hunger cliff. This is an important step to help address the effects of the loss of SNAP Emergency Allotments and support families’ nutritional needs,” Michael J. Wilson, the director of Maryland Hunger Solutions, said in a statement. “Making sure our residents have access to healthy, affordable food is a step toward combating food insecurity.”
Eligible Baltimore shoppers who want to take advantage of the program through Giant Pickup have nine stores to choose from, according to the press release. Orders placed from Tuesday through Thursday do not have a delivery fee, while shoppers will be charged $3.95 per order at other points in the week.
The Harvest Market project is overseen by the nonprofit San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, the announcement notes, and the instant rebates are provided to participants who earn matching dollars when they buy California-grown fruits and vegetables. Shoppers can earn up to $60 in rebates per month at the grocer’s Fort Bragg and Mendocino, California, stores.
The grocer began participating in the incentive in early March and will continue to do so until the CalFresh pilot project ends in December, according to Harvest Market’s press release.
Coborn’s has agreed to acquire Illinois grocery chain Sullivan’s Foods in a deal that will add 11 stores to the Minneapolis-based retailer’s operations and mark its expansion to a sixth state, according to a Thursday press release sent by email.
Terms of the deal, which is on track to close in early May, were not disclosed.
Coborn's said it plans to continue operating the locations it is absorbing under the Sullivan’s Foods banner and intends to hire all of the approximately 800 people employed by the family owned company. Corborn’s also intends to continue Sullivan Foods’ relationship with Associated Wholesale Grocers, according to the announcement.
In addition to the 11 grocery stores Sullivan’s Foods in northern and central Illinois, the company runs three Ace Hardware Stores, a warehouse and a convenience store that includes a fuel center.
“The Sullivan family has run their family of stores with great care and is a highly respected retailer,” Chris Coborn, chairman and CEO of Coborn’s, said in a statement. “We look forward to extending the same operating philosophies in these locations that have made us successful for 102 years – investing and training for our people, supporting our communities and investing in our stores to improve the experience for our guests.”
With the addition of the Sullivan’s Foods locations, Coborn’s will include 77 supermarkets in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Michigan. The retailer, founded more than a century ago, also owns liquor stores, fuel centers, pharmacies and a franchised restaurant unit.
Sullivan’s Foods began operations in 1967 with a single grocery store in Savanna, Illinois, on the state’s border with Iowa.
Coborn’s deal to acquire Sullivan’s Foods follows its purchase in late 2021 of Tadych’s Econofoods, a six-store Michigan chain. In 2018, Coborn’s acquired North Dakota-based Hornbacher’s from United Natural Foods, Inc.
As Albertsons aims to continue evolving its private brands to better resonate with consumers, the grocery company has recently revamped its O Organics line with redesigned packaging.
The new look taps into bright colors and keeps the identifiable “O” in the logo but gives it a modern take, Brandon Brown, senior vice president of Own Brands at Albertsons, said in an interview. The brand only carries products that are USDA-certified organic, non-GMO and grown without synthetic pesticides.
“O Organics always has a look and feel that our customers recognize, but, to be honest, it’s stale,” Brown said about the former look. “It kind of has this farmhouse, old-farming feel to it and it’s just not who our customers are today.”
Consumer testing found that customers primarily recognize the big “O” and bright colors, and that they wanted a more contemporary design, Brown said, noting Albertsons is going for “fun but still familiar” with vibrant colors and modern elements.
“I love the way it looks now because it is bold purple and these really bright colors that just pop on shelf,” Brown said. “And it just stands out, especially [since] a lot of organic and natural products have this kind of a little bit of dull look.”
Launched by Safeway in 2005, O Organics was one of the first store brands to focus on natural and organic items. Following that chain’s acquisition by Albertsons in 2015, the line has spread across numerous banners but has mostly retained its focus on a “very natural, close to the farm” approach to branding, Brown said.
That strategy risks looking out of touch with shoppers, particularly as specialty store brands like Kroger’s Simple Truth and Whole Foods’ 365 have streamlined their looks and become powerhouse sellers for those companies.
While organic products have long had a reputation as better for people and better for the environment, in recent years organic has gone more mainstream as concerns linger over affordability and access.
During the past nearly two decades, O Organics has grown in both sales and the number of products, now totaling more than 1,500 items including fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and meats, cage-free certified eggs, snacks, baby food and more. In 2018, the store brand achieved the $1 billion sales milestone, becoming the fourth Albertsons private brand to do so.
The redesign is also coming at a time when consumers have flocked to private brands for not only cooking and hosting events at home, but also to save money during months-long high food prices. Thanks to innovation across the grocery industry, private brands are no longer just seen as lower-cost alternatives, Brown said.
Brown pointed to Albertsons’ imported pasta sauces under its Signature Reserve line and Soleil line of flavored sparkling water as areas where the grocery company has shone with innovation and unique offerings.
The O Organics redesign was “well underway” when Brown started at Albertsons in November after more than a decade at McKinsey & Company. The rollout of the new look is currently happening category by category across the grocery company’s store banners, which include Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Jewel-Osco, and will be completed this year, Brown said.
To accompany the introduction of the new look, Albertsons has updated marketing materials and a social media campaign. Three 15-second videos are each devoted to spotlighting specific traits of the brand: affordability, availability across store aisles and timelessness.
“O is for Organics in every aisle,” reads one marketing visual.
In a bid to reach younger consumers, who are “driving a lot of growth” in O Organics, Brown said, the grocer’s #WakeUpOrganic social media campaign this April links to the grocer’s Organic Breakfast month promotion. The campaign is asking people to spotlight their favorite organic breakfast foods.
“Organic foods really started with fresh produce but now consumers are making entire meals using organic ingredients,” Brown said. “So breakfast is a great example where organic food spans across milk, dairy, coffee, cereals, granola and more. And brands such as O Organics have made that more affordable, more accessible.”
In recent years, Albertsons has added plant-based frozen meals to its O Organics line. The grocer has its eye on further private brand innovation in the frozen category, particularly around ethnic flavors, Brown said.
“Frozen food is always been a big category and [we’ve] started seeing a lot of innovation from more ethnic cuisines” such as Asian and South American options, Brown said.
Remote workers are 25% more likely to order groceries online at least once weekly, while hybrid workers are 31% more likely to do so despite those groups potentially having more time for the errand of shopping for groceries, according to the Morning Consult report.
By comparison, in-person workers are only 14% as likely to order groceries online at least weekly.
In addition to purchasing groceries through online channels more frequently, roughly 70% of remote and 66% of hybrid workers claim they got all or most of their groceries this way while only 44% of in-person workers rely on online grocery shopping for the bulk of their groceries. In addition, remote and hybrid workers typically turn to apps for grocery shopping as well as meal planning, the report noted.
The Morning Consult report says these results are partially demographically driven as remote and hybrid workers are most often parents and high-income individuals — demographics that lean the most towards online grocery delivery.
Shoppers’ daily schedules are another factor the report considers, specifically in terms of car travel. Workers already set up at home find it more convenient to have their groceries delivered than to make a separate trip out, according to the report.
While a number of consumers continue to rely on online grocery shopping, grocery e-commerce sales dropped 7.6%, to $8 billion, in March, according to Brick Meets Click and Mercatus findings released last week. This decline is largely due to inflation still having a tight grip on shoppers and their buying habits.
Of the households that placed online grocery orders for pickup or delivery, 44% stated that “not paying more than necessary” was a key factor in determining the service used, per the Brick Meets Click and Mercatus report.
After three decades, Redfield is leaving Walmart.
Redfield replaced Scott McCall, who retired from the chief merchant position in January 2022.
Redfield started his career with the retailer as a cashier at Sam’s Club while attending college at the University of Arkansas. There, he was roommates with Walmart Chief Executive Doug McMillon, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Redfield went on to become an assistant manager with Sam’s Club and progressed to further leadership roles within operations and merchandising. By 2010, he was named chief merchandising officer for U.K. subsidiary Asda, and two years later became executive vice president of merchandising for Sam’s Club. Redfield eventually became executive vice president of food for Walmart U.S. and held that position prior to his current role of CMO for Walmart U.S.
“Whether they’re shopping online or in stores, his focus has been ensuring customers can always find the items they need and want at the lowest possible prices,” Furner said in the memo. “Especially as inflation started skyrocketing, Charles and team have worked hard with suppliers to lower prices and give value to customers when they’ve needed it most. He’s built a world-class diverse team that is on track to deliver for the business.”
In a recent post on LinkedIn, Redfield said that his merchandising team was working hard for its customers who look to Walmart for low prices. “I think it’s a truly exciting time to be at Walmart,” he wrote.
The big-box retailer, which has over 5,300 locations, reiterated earlier this month at its annual investor meeting that Walmart’s inventory sits within 10 miles of 90% of the U.S. population. Furner called the company’s stores “the key nodes” in its omnichannel operation.
By the end of fiscal year 2026, Walmart said it expects about 65% of its stores will have automation capabilities, 55% of its fulfillment center volume will move through automated facilities, and unit cost averages could fall by some 20%.
Over the past few weeks the company has been going through rounds of layoffs at distribution centers around the U.S., totaling over 3,000 workers so far.
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2023.05.07 21:06 psychotichotmessmom Psychotic Hot Mess Momma- MY Story <3

Day 2:
Good Evening Lovelies
I should have mentioned the weekend I usually spend time with my family if I am not working so I probably wont post until Sunday Evening 😊
Well, this weekend has been a shit show to say the least, my daughter was gone for a week on her school camping trip and returned Friday. My son moped around the whole time she was gone so I thought Okay Ill pick him up at 2pm when I get her and we can just have some family time. That was my first fucking mistake.
I hardly got any work done because I was too freaking excited that my baby girl was coming home. See only 2 of our 6 kids live with us right now. I will get into the whys later but Katie and Derrick are the only 2 of our chicken littles that live with us. And because I believe in total honesty everyone of my family’s name have been changed in these posts. Who knows maybe down the line I will give out the details but for now, I choose to do it this way. If you don’t like it tough shit. Move on.
Those that are still here lets get back to it….
I get off work early and head to Safeway to get a money order to pay my rent, since its on the way to pick up my kids. I get a text that my migraine meds are finally ready for pick up (I put in a request with the doctors office over a week ago) I go back to the pharmacy and get the prescription to find out instead of the normal 9 I get to last a month, this time I only get 6. So yay fucking me! I get to now determine even more if its worth it to take a pill and wait so fucking long into a migraine to take one that I most of the time have to take 2 and a nausea pill just to get it under control! Thank you State Medical!! Our Healthcare and State Assistance is so fucked in Washington State its not even funny! But as usual that is a story for another time.
I take my shit and go out to my car. I fucking hate this parking lot because it is the worst trying to leave, people in this town are fucking assholes and give no fucks about anyone else. So I am trying to back out and I have a bigger suv/jeep type thing one of the gas hogging more blind-spots then a blind bat type of car. So I am slowly backing out because I cant see to the left or right. Most normal fucking people who can see that someone has cars on both the right and left of them and obviously cannot fucking see would stop and wait for the car to be able to see them, or the would move over around the car. But no, not this dumb bitch. Who not even paying attention to her small ass child running through the parking lot while her oom-pah Loompa ass is waddling about not a care in the world. I slam on my brakes as I just barely saw this child, I wait until her mom finally walks behind my car and this bitch is just staring like its my fault she cant control her kid. Like bitch hold your 3year olds hand when your walking through a parking lot. That’s fucking parenting. I know you might not understand what that means but it means controlling your fucking kids when out in public. Luckily I was paying enough attention and going slow enough to know what the fuck was going on around me. And then the nerve of her to fucking stare at me… Bitch your lucky I have somewhere to be or I’d get out of this car and teach you some fucking respect. (Keep in mind, she still staring at me while her kid is running through a busy parking lot.
I hate this fucking town I move to because of a stupid job that I don’t even work at anymore. Now we are stuck here until I can find a place, I can afford on my income alone. I am ready for a house I can make into our home. Our Place. My safe place.
Fucking Rabbit Hole!
Sorry I get sidetracked easily… Back to the story, so after I leave out of Safeway and start heading to my kiddos school I park and realize I’m 30minutes early. So I fucking still there and wait anxious as hell to see my baby 😊 Finally I see kids coming out and I head inside to get mine. Everything is going great and then we get in the car and the shit starts. My son is in this fucking mood where he hears you but then does whatever the fuck he wants to do. Its irritating as shit and I want to just whoop his ass like they did back in the day when I was a kid. Now you can’t even parent your fucking kids or CPS gets involved. And look where that has fucking got us. A bunch of disrespectful, ungrateful, entitled brats. Well, I will be damn I am teaching my kids to be productive, useful members of society. Fuck this gentle parenting bullshit. Kids need discipline, the need structure, and they do NOT need to be handed everything in life. They need to learn that hard work and dedication is what gets you somewhere in life.
So, by the time I get home I am in a fucking mood, my hubby has been sick all week, snappy, grumpy, and whiny… I am ready to fucking murder his ass! My kids are fighting and bitching about everything. The fucking bitch from Safeway still has me in a mood. So, I do what any healthy normal adult would do… I heavily medicated myself and got stoned off my ass to calm me down. Sent the kids to their rooms, shut my hubby in our room, turned on some music and just scrubbed the shit out of everything until I calmed down.
This has been on repeat all fucking weekend. I am ready to commit myself. Motherhood and Marriage is fucking hard! Still wondering why I am a psychotic hot mess… well here is a glimpse!
Welp, this momma is going to crack open a Modelo’s, take a dab and do what I do best. Clean and sing my fucking heart out! :D
Ill see you bright and ugly Monday morning…. Lets discuss Pet Peeve!
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2023.05.02 07:11 ianmcandrew Safeway Gas coupons - Free to use

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2023.04.22 22:49 ericdhitchens My personally most effective and ineffective food practices on the SCD

Edit: Thanks everyone for the great response! I added some of my favorite meals to the main post here. I think I'll post recipes with instructions and photos separately.
Hi all, I have been on the SCD on and off for around 2.5 years now and didn't realize this subreddit existed. I thought I'd share some of my experiences and advice as I am a huge advocate of this diet. I sometimes will take time off, but the diet always works to perfection when I go back on it.
As with everything with SCD, personal experimentation is key. For me personally, it's not uncommon to lose 4-5 lbs on the first week and then 1-3 lbs per week thereafter, depending on how religiously I follow my own guidance that I list below, lol.
These are the specific food choices and practices that have worked the best for me:
Restrictions and ineffective foods:
Favorite cuisines
Go-to meals for success
Lunch & Dinner
These meals can fit either lunch or dinner. Sometimes if I make a big portion I'll have the same thing for lunch and dinner. I will usually spend a few weeks with the same style cuisine until I get bored with it. My most effective weeks have come when most of the volume of the meal comes from the meat and vegetables with a large salad of iceberg or romaine lettuce (like half a head) and a smaller portion of legumes (1/2 to 1 cup).
Favorite brands
Tips to save money
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2023.04.20 03:06 RandomLurker562 Can I afford rent and adequate savings for house?

Hi I am a 30 y/o single male living in the SF Bay area making $140k base gross a year but realistically will probably be $150-160k gross a year I will max out 401k. Currently set at 20%, projected to max by September. 4% End of year match
I am currently looking to move into a one bedroom apartment from my current situation ($1300 rent one bedroom shared bath) I am looking at 2x one bedroom apartments One will be $2593 including mandatory utilities (no PGE) in newer location, newer apartment walkable to stores, restaurants and park. The other will be $2276 including mandatory utilities (no PGE) older apartment and not walkable location
I also spend a lot on eating out $1200 (will try to cut down to $700) Phone bill $170 (Group plan 3 lines and 1 device payment plan) Car insurance $100 (The cheapest, liability) Gas ~$160 Internet $35 Renters insurance $15 PGE ~$150 (Not really sure, rarely use heat, will use AC during summer) Misc $300 (Movies, Random stuff/necessities at Target/Safeway) I don't have any expensive hobbies
No debt, loans or credit card bills. I do have about $400 in credit card annual fees a year but I get outsized value from my points I accrue for travel
I have $35k in savings in HYSA ~$135k 401k fully vested ~$30k Roth IRA ~$90K Brokerage
My take home ranges mostly between $2800-$3400 My initial goal was to retire somewhat early but I don't think thats possible now. I want to be able to buy my own place (house,condo,townhome) some time in the next 5 years. It seems that I am now moving out to my own place, I feel like I will never be able to save enough for the down payment due to rising housing prices and inflation.
Would I be able to afford either apartments and save for a home?
Should I scale back my 401k contributions or stop completely?
Am I under estimating my savings for a house? What is a good rate of savings?
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2023.04.17 18:57 pacwess WTH has happened to the Bothell Everett Hwy Fred Meyer

What s-hole this place has become. They close at 10 PM and went in Sunday night at 8:30 to grab a couple of things. That was after the dude at the door asked me for gas money. Went in grabbed a basket grabbed my things, go to check out there was one bank of self check-out open, customers lined up down the aisle. Go to the one and only open regular check-out and the same thing, customers with carts full of groceries lined up down the aisle as you'd see during the holidays. Seriously for a store that size, you'd think it'd be staffed a lot better. Perhaps they were all following the drunks and crackheads around stealing stuff. Sorry, Freddy's staff but rather than go BACK around the store and put my things back I dumped the basket in an aisle and went to Safeway. The lesson learned don't go to Fred Meyers at night, if ever again.
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2023.04.16 23:34 haymnas Chevron is offering $1 off per gallon on your next 3 fill ups when you sign up for reward points

You can also double up with your Safeway/Albertsons points (not sure if they partner with any other grocery store chains) to get more off per visit. I had $0.40 cents off a gallon on my safeway account and doubled up with the Chevron rewards to fill up for $2.60 a gallon instead of $4!!
If anyone knows other gas stations that do this please share!
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2023.04.12 22:06 One_Cartographer_254 Wenatchee Drivers ;-P

Traveled all over the country and seen lots of bad driving, but Wenatcheeites are even more consistent in their bonehead, bad driving than anywhere else. This is satirical, but also true. :-)
Solid White Lines (eg. Miller -> Chelan, Mission -> Sellars Bridge) - solid white line between lanes of traffic means that you should stay in your lane unless a special situation requires you to change lanes. Special situation does not include you not paying attention to the signs that say where you need to be and just cut off the mass amounts of traffic that are curving into the lane you are cutting into. It really is a miracle that these areas don't see constant wrecks with the amount of people unable to plan ahead.
No Turn On Red (eg. Mission -> Miller) - I know this is a tough one for us old folks that remember this intersection NOT being regulated but that was like 25 years ago AND there is two signs right there (along with the red arrows) that say NO TURN.
Roundabouts - y'all REALLY struggle with this one. I mean, REALLY struggle. All directions are yields. That means you don't just go through 12 cars at a time blocking everyone else. Looking at you Stemilt and McDougall workers getting off around 2:30pm and everyone traveling north on Highline Rd at Safeway in East Wenatchee.
Turning in front of high speed oncoming traffic (eg. Batterman -> 28S) - this is mainly for the bane of my existence fruit truck drivers but everyone seems to think its a good idea to pull out and go 30 mph in front of oncoming traffic that you could have just waited 2 seconds for them to pass OR to pull across oncoming traffic in such a slow manner that they have to come to nearly a complete stop for you. Why are you so inpatient?
On the other side of the coin, we have the old "sit through the light because our phone is the most important thing in our lives" - this happens everywhere where the dipshit up front isn't paying attention and sits there for 10-20 seconds after the light has changed. Then they get pissed when you honk and/or proceed at 10 mph to the next light.
Handicap placards - you must all have the same doctor (Happy Valley anyone?) because it seems like 70% of the vehicles here have blue handicap placards hanging from their rear view (a violation itself - not supposed to have your view obstructed). There is no possible way that everyone in town is handicapped enough to need a special parking permit. Especially those of you with big ass trucks lifted 64" off the ground.
Corners in general, but specifically right hand turns - You don't need to come to a complete stop to make a right hand turn into a parking or go around a curve. Take your foot off the gas, brake as appropriate and continue into the corner. For the life of me I can't figure out why every turn has to be done in slow motion here.
Speed Limits - you love doing 20 in 40s, and 50 in 30s. Why is this? Chelan and Mission are not freeways and you obviously don't understand that the lights are all timed for 28 mph while you wear out your brakes and screw up your gas mileage going 0-60-0 every block.
Pioneer Middle School - in this day where riding the school bus is apparently against the law and every child has to be bundled off personally to school every day in a private car, I get that traffic happens. However, those turning left across Russell into Pioneer's lot have a 3 block long median to line up in, but everyone waits until the last second and then blocks everyone in the right of way lane for what can be minutes. Again, can you not plan ahead the 3 seconds into the future that it takes?
And the people who are the worst offenders - why do you ALL drive Toyota Highlanders, RAV4s, and 4Runners?
Enjoy! But also explain!
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2023.04.10 20:25 MathRebator Double fill gas station scam?

Was filling up my car the day before Easter this weekend and a man with his dad and his son pull-up to the pump on the opposite side of the one I’m at and ask if I could be kind as to fill their tank, and I make more than enough money so I said yes. They were in a minivan so I figured it wouldn’t take much gas anyways so I tapped my card to pay for it. He didn’t give off weird vibes at first but then started pushing his sob story really hard while I was waiting for my pump to finish so I started getting a little suspicious. Then I realize since I tapped my card he could keep pumping after I left so I sat in my car for a few minutes which by this point he should have been full. Which is also when I notice a similar minivan sitting at the curb in my rear view mirrors not doing anything which is when I guess that they’re trying to fill two cars at my expense
So to test my theory I leave and park in the grocery store lot (it was a Safeway gas station) where I could still see them. Sure enough right as I get to my stakeout spot the other minivan pulls up right behind the guy I helped but never starts pumping gas. The guy I helped them gets out and looks around before pulling the hose out of his car. I can see when he notices me parked across the way and he then says something to the second minivan. They continued to wait for a minute before finally pulling out the hose and putting it back and then left at the same time which confirmed my suspicions. Just to make sure I drove next to the pump to make sure the transaction had ended.
Has anybody else encountered this sort of scam?
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2023.04.10 05:36 linda_cheung Summer Rental / Lease Takeover - 1b1b

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2023.04.10 03:45 PhrygianHalfCadence I'm 27. I have 8 years of credit history. I'm seeking my first card.

UPDATE 4/10/23: Approved for Discover It with a $5,500 credit line. WF is an option in the future.
Opening notes in no particular order:
Thank you for any advice you can provide.
Estimate average monthly spend in the categories below.
What's the purpose of your next card?: First credit card
If you answered "first credit card", are you an authorized user on any other cards? No
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2023.04.07 00:22 ecdoesit Air at Gas Stations

Is it just me or is every air nozzle in Alameda out of service? Anyone know of any gas stations on the island that have working air for car tires?
Never had luck anywhere on Webster and the Safeway at the West End was getting serviced today, so hopefully that's an option. I know for sure I can get filled up at the tire place in Marina Village.
Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
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2023.04.06 23:51 dagbiker Guy tried to scam me at Norbeck Safeway

Just a warning, a guy tried to scam me at the Norbeck Safeway. As I was putting groceries into the car he pulled up behind me and asked through his open driver side window.
"Hey I need gas money, and I had this ring..."
Clearly a scam, he bought a cheap 10$ ring on amazon and wanted 50$ for "gas". I called him out and he ran off. Don't fall for this scam.
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