Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Saving on Groceries: The Inner Struggle
In an effort to find cheaper prices and something more convenient to the new house that I'll soon be moving to, I'm auditioning new grocery stores. Now for someone that's rather compulsive when it comes to certain things, namely an attachment to frivolous routines and chores, I'm not sure I'm adjusting well to the upheaval this has caused: Privately I'm battling between frugality and comfort.
For one the new place I tried on Sunday doesn't have my coffee, Eight O'clock Bokar Blend. So I decided to save $1.00 a pound by trying Market Basket's generic Colombian blend. I'm sipping it now; I'm not happy.
Another thing, because Market Basket is widely accepted as one of the cheaper grocery stores around, they're extremely busy. The aisles were packed with screaming kids, elderly folks hovering in the middle of the aisles debating sugar sweeteners and cereal contents, cheapskates, like me, fidgeting through their coupons and, not to be "un-PC", but a high preponderance of non-English speaking clientèle not quite willing to hear me out when I asked them to remove their children from traversing the Charmin end cap.
What normally takes me an hour took two.
On the plus side their produce was pretty good. I got some excellent Gala apples for ninety-nine cents a pound, delicious broccoli that I had with dinner last night and some decent lettuce for twenty cents less than I normally pay. All and all, I'd say I saved a good 15-20% off my entire order.
Now here's the decision...
For an extra fifteen or twenty bucks in my pocket each week, can I forgo the pleasant experience of picking out the perfect bag of Bokar Blend whilst enjoying the ample space around me as I promenade my carriage down Hannaford's aisle 12?