Grocery Store

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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.
It’s also hard to imagine that this will be my last trip to the store for another week (ha! yeah right). AJWS is about to get lucky.

About shainashealy

I empty jars and fill jars
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