Yesterday was Veterans Day and today some stores and offices are closed to commemorate the event. One store was open and it seemed appropriate to visit and see what $20 could buy me. So in honor of those who served or are serving, I spent $20 at The Surplus Store. (Venice Blvd at Motor.)
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Digital Camo bandana
Canteen and belt
MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat) “Chili and Macaroni” flavor
Before tax, I had $19.43, but I had splurged on the bullet keychain, so my grand total was $21.03.
March past the break and see the receipt, photos of the MRE in action and more items at the store we didn’t buy (and a few others we did outside of the assignment.)
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Here’s the receipt from the shopping spree.
It was a tough call to choose the items I did as there are so many great things to buy in that store (and more photos of them below). But first, the MRE in action!
We got home at lunchtime and my husband was hungry so we fixed up the MRE. There is nutritional info on the boxes. I can imagine being in Iraq or Afghanistan and really needing to watch the calorie intake:
Lots of other good things to keep in mind while fighting and eating:
The pouch of potential goodness, ready to heat n eat:
Oops, spoke too soon. The Hubs had to embellish what Uncle Sam already considered a meal ready to eat. I guess if you are stationed in Italy, this could happen.
I had a bite and it’s not any worse (or any better) than anything Chef Boyardee makes.
Winter is coming and there is a great selection of styles and warmth in the jacket area:
But please, please, not the neon yellow or orange ones. I had an outfit in 1985 (senior year in HS) that included both those colors. It was awesome. In 1985.
There was a cabinet full of books and manuals. We bought these two (outside of the designated $20) because we just couldn’t resist. How can you not buy a book called “Boobytraps?”
“Boobytraps”, you’ll notice, was written in 1965. I believe today’s manual would be called “IEDS and You” or something. There is a section on how to diffuse mines. Step 1: (I’m not making this up) “Uncover mine carefully.” Uh…yeah. In the Ranger Handbook is “Section 7: Troubleshooting.” I’m surprised it is not Section 1.