Good afternoon 5776!
After Rosh Hashana services yesterday, I made a beeline for the grocery store. I had fun in there at first – hunting for sales, picking the least-bruised/mushy produce from the 99 cent bin in the back of the store, grabbing just a teeny bit of arugula (I had to!) instead of a huge bagful. I miraculously kept the bill under $30. But by the end I was tired and out of everything I bought, I didn’t even have a snack to munch on during my walk home. Below are some of my reflections on the experience.
- It took a lot of time. I spent almost 45 minutes in the grocery store! It was fine because I didn’t have class… but what if I had a job? The 99 cent bin at Berkeley Bowl was swarming with customers at only 2pm. If I had a job and couldn’t get to the store til 5 or 6, I wonder if good food would still be left there?
- I concentrated so hard in the checkout process. I selected yogurt I thought was on sale, but it rung up as $7.50 (!!). I asked about the sale, and the guy said that the sale was on the regular yogurt, not the organic. So I had to put it back. 😦
- Once I got back to the house with bags and bags of “imperfect” 99 cent produce, I had to prep it right away. I was on my feet for almost three hours dissecting brown spots out of apples, scrubbing dirty potatoes, carving into squash. It was therapeutic – I listened to my favorite podcast and enjoyed washing, chopping and putting things into tupperwear. But I can’t imagine doing the same job with hungry kids and a long list of other priorities tugging at my sleeves.