This is the question the little credit card slider box in front of the glossy LCD screen at the somewhat posh, but nearest grocery store asked me tonight. You’d think that for $70.04 (and if I could capitalize numbers in rage, I would), you’d get more than 3 medium-sized eco-friendly reusable grocery bags full of food. Now mind you, I made two mistakes: I bought toothpaste, which is known to have, oh, 500% markup everywhere and about 800% markup at grocery stores rather than the drugstore or Target. And I bought two tubes (but still, they were on sale, 2/$5). The second mistake was probably going to the somewhat posh store to begin with, where most things are pricier. Oh wait! Three mistakes: I choose the posh store because they have my favorite brand of German pickles ($6 for a small “barrel”), which I bought, knowing that right now I am in a pickle phase. (And no, not pregnant. If you knew these pickles, you’d be in a pickle phase, too!)
(I. Love. These. Pickles. They are worth every of the 600 pennies.)
But seriously. My purchases were only one or two nights’ and one or two lunch’s worth of food, and it’s a little absurd how expensive food is these days (even without the pickles and Crest) . Most trips to this particular store end with me in some sort of grocery-induced rage. I should know better.
On the bright side, one of the grocery bags I mistakenly brought with me is a adorable pint-sized wine bag, complete with 6 petite compartments for wine bottles, into which the bagger decided to put the two tubes of aforementioned overpriced toothpaste (each in a separate compartment, of course), the black olives, the can of corn, the salsa, and a block of cheese. Can you almost taste a dinner of burritos in my future? Yum. It was priceless. See?
So cute! But not worth $70.04.
Anyway, the real reason this annoys me so much? Because I came home, unpacked my groceries and proceeded to putz around on the computer, where upon I found a blog post on True Up about an Amy Butler sale ($7/yard! Wow!) at a store called the Virginia Quilter. I then, without much thinking, budgeting, or rationalizing proceeded to drop an amount all-too-similar to $70.04 on some lovely Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabric that I’ve been covetting. I feel simultaneously guilty and thrilled. Mostly guilty. (I’m pretty sure I don’t get to be filled with rage about the price of food when I do stuff like this, yet, it persists.) On the other hand (begin rationalization phase), I know this fabric will fill me with more hours of joy than the food, and that the things I make will be lasting and useful. Right?
Still, I’m having a case of buyer’s remorse. I know there are other Amy addicts out there. Anyone want to help me rationalize away my fabric-buying guilt?Posted by robyn on July 1st, 2008 under crafts
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