Originally Posted by Tango
Moon Pies are considered a "food group" down South!
And Macaroni & Cheese is a vegetable!
WARNING: Off Topic Discourse...
Chattanooga (home of the Chattanooga Bakery
who makes Moon Pies) has more of the various moon pies stocked on shelves than any place else in the country we have been. When my daughter first moved out to NM from TN, her sister shipped her a case of Double Decker Moon Pies for her Christmas present. She couldn't find them out here except at the Cracker Barrel restaurant. Now Sam's Club carries Double Deckers in ABQ. She has a membership.
When we first moved to Chattanooga, we were bouncing between public campgrounds (Chester Frost & Harrison Bay State Park) with a large group of other fulltimers (group consisted of folks who had lost their rental & bank co-owned homes due to fire and couldn't afford the huge deposits needed to rent, newcomers to the area like us who hadn't decided if they would stay & a small group who simply lived full-time in public campgrounds during the summer & private campgrounds during the winter). These frugal folks generously told us a great number of places to get the most "bang for the buck" like bakery thrift stores, the Hixson Goodwill, the $1 movie theater in Harrison, Cici's Pizza which the Hixson store was the best tasting and was very low priced lunch... if a school bus trip rolled in around while we were in there, we got the "special price" they gave to the school. Manager said because we were homeschoolers we qualified as a "school field trip. Sometimes the manager would give us a "school discount" for no apparent reason. We ate there a lot. There were two bakery outlets stores in Hixson (location of Chester Frost County Park... great place to spend the summer 28 days at a time)and one in East Ridge where David worked. All different companies. I would buy flats of 72 hamburger buns left over from the previous days restaurant orders for $1. I also got 36 sub rolls (Hardies?) for $1 per flat. I gave away so much bread to others. The kids fished for sunfish with bread balls for bait. I made a lot of meals with some form of bun or bread crumbs added into it. I even made fruit cobblers with buns. We were also buying Moon Pies for 1/2 off, sometimes less. We bought lots of Moon Pies. Now the bakery stores cost almost as much as the regular stores. But back in the mid to late 90's they were a bargain. We lived in the Chattanooga area from 1995 until we left in 2005.
BTW, back in the mid to late 90's, even in the higher priced public campgrounds, it was cheaper than renting a house in Chattanooga. Renting involved a credit check fee ($75), first & last months' rent PLUS $1000 non-refundable deposit for each child and each pet. So $4075 on top of first & last months' rent (2 kids, 1 dog & 1 cat). So you can see how it was cheaper for us to buy a house than to rent. David refused to pay the credit check fee after walking into a place that had been taking applications on site for a month was they told us they would be taking app for another month. By noon Saturday, they had a one day stack of single page credit apps that was at least 3" high. Since David ran credit apps 5 days a week at the security company, he knew it only cost $10 to run a credit app. We walked out and spoke to a neighbour. Guy said the house hadn't been rented out in over a year. We put a deposit down on a house in the neighbouring county that was LESS than getting into the cheapest rental we found (scared me to step out of the car there... bad neighbourhood) rental AND included turning on all our utilities. Living in campgrounds gave the kids lakes & swimming pools during the hot summer months. Chester Frost would do summer kids activities and the park rangers would drive around the campgrounds to invite the kids that were there. We were living in Chester Frost during the Hamilton County Fair
(old style country fair... no carnival) on the same island the fair was held on. That was great! The girls had so much fun. They entered the Mayfield ice cream eating contest (got ice cream headaches & a Mayfield Dairy t-shirt each that they slept in for years) .