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May 7, 2011 07:14 AM

Just "Buy It," Don't Think about the price

How many times have you had an exact something on your grocery list to buy; you don't want substitutes, you don't want to pay the extra shipping price online. I keep a list of a hard-to-find items, where I have bought it, so perhaps I can find it there again.

But when you see it, finally, you don't even care about the price, you just buy it, almost grateful that you can stop looking for it.

Yesterday it was Eden Organic Tamari Soy Sauce (Shoyu). I paid the price.


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  1. Every week.

    If I need a product to cook with, I buy it.

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    1. re: Harters

      Ditto. When it comes to the dinner table, it's on! I do patronize the absolute cheapest gas station regularly. Weekly trip to WalMart for sale paper towels, gatorade and laundry soap. Turn the lights off when leaving a room! But the food items are there, when I want, regardless of cost. We eat salad every night, so when grape tomatoes are $5, they are still in the salad. Cukes have been $1ea lately. Still eat 'em. I save my money where I can, but not at the expense of our dinner.

      1. re: chefdaddyo

        I couldn't have explained it better myself, so I won't. Thanks, chefdaddyo!

    2. for common grocery items I might hmm and hah and look for the bargains and two for ones, but if I want fancy things like artichoke hearts in a good olive oil, good balsamic, an elusive condiment or I am just plain out of the product at home then I will pay.

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      1. re: smartie

        this is me too. we may walk from one latino grocery store to another latino grocery store to find lettuce that's 10 cents less, but every week i'll buy some fancy expensive cheese. Have a nice walnut oil for that cheapo lettuce, too.

      2. Well marbled (prime or not) steaks.

        Fresh seafood.

        1. Dry scallops, good beef to grind for burgers, and good cheeses...still unable to do $4 for and artichoke. Stupid, since it is my favorite vegetable.

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          1. re: tim irvine

            The artichoke prices here in New England kill me, too, but I still buy them. When I was a teenager growing up in CA, I remember seeing artichokes in the grocery store for as little as 10 cents each. My mother would complain when they got up to 2 for a dollar.

            1. re: Isolda

              I like artichokes, too. Living in CA for a few decades made me a cheapskate for spending a lot of money for them.

              I must not like them that well, as I tend to spend my money on broccoli rabe --

              Even though there is nothing like a fresh artichoke, there is a brand, Del Destino, I think, which Costco carried for a very short time which had nothing in them except citric acid, perhaps salt. It was in a glass jar, which made it even better for me. I bought a number of jars, but whence I decided to put away a few in my larder, they had discontinued them -- now Costco carries the Del Destino brand of eggplants and maybe mushrooms in the same jar. And, of course, the jars of Peruvian roasted bell peppers, which are satisfactory

              1. re: Rella

                I really love artichokes, but the other day at Sprouts they were $2.50 each and I can't bring myself to spend that much.

                1. re: c oliver

                  I was at Smart & Final two days ago and got 4 for $2--they were excellent and sold out immediately. Yesterday a buck a piece for big globes at our local market.

                  1. re: escondido123

                    Which market? I used to live in San Marcos and I assume you are in Escondido. I love stuffing the large ones. That is a meal unto itself.

                      1. re: escondido123

                        Love that Major Market--found my Lyle's Golden Syrup there, which is perfect for early morning biscuits. It's like a treasure hunt every time I shop there!

                  2. re: c oliver

                    TJs has some globe artichokes at 0.99c just checked today.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      im so happy when they get down to $4 each. When they get to $3 each i might have 3 or 4 in a day.

                      1. re: KaimukiMan

                        Today I found 4 for $5.99 at Costco and they look good. I'm going to make them this evening and that will last me the week!

                        1. re: Barbara76137

                          I tend to buy by season. I buy lots of artichokes when they're in season and thus tasty, fresh and cheap, e.g. $1.00. I skip them the rest of the time. Same with grapefruit, melons, etc.

                          1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                            Artichokes are 1.50 apiece on Peapod this week. Surprised the heck out of me.

              2. If I'm going to actually put it in my mouth, I will buy what I want without regard to price. I'm cheap about other things but it doesn't make sense to eat an off-version of something when the one I like tastes better.