Or am I the only person that does that?
I don’t do it a lot, but sometimes I just can’t help myself. Last week I stopped by Food City (locally owned) because brown onions were on sale six pounds for 96 cents. That’s SIXTEEN cents a pound! We use a lot of onions and it’s been difficult to find them at the regular grocery store for less than $0.79 a pound. I did find that Costco has them by the ten pound bag for $3.99 so we have been buying them in bulk.
But Food City’s price blew Costco’s out of the water. I just had to stock up at $0.16 a pound.
Our grocery stores sales in Arizona run Wednesday through Tuesday so I stopped by after work last Tuesday to take advantage of the sale. I picked out twenty onions and examined them carefully making sure they were in good condition. I make sure they feel firm, and have several layers of flawless skin. Otherwise if they feel even a little bit squishy, or have a dent, and aren’t wrapped well with their natural skin they may begin to go bad before I have the chance to use them. And that’s no bueno.
As I was looking around I saw in the main walkway they had set up another section with white onions. They were $0.89 a pound.
I saw two ladies there, selecting onions and placing them into a plastic bag. I know better than to say anything since I’ve done it before at other grocery stores and no one seems to care that I’m pointing out that they can get, say for example, the name brand item for a dollar less than the generic brand.
Secondly, Food City caters to the Hispanic community, and well, sometimes it’s impossible to communicate since most patrons don’t speak English.
In spite of the potential problem, the cheapskate in me had to speak out. I said, “Excuse me, ladies, but did you know that the brown onions are on sale for sixteen cents a pound? It’s a much better deal than these white onions.”
Thankfully one lady acknowledged that I was speaking to her by looking up at me and asked where were the brown onions. The other lady kept her eyes on the onions, solidly ignoring me. I pointed to an area back in a corner, and the lady thought I was pointing at the bagged apples. She said with confusion in her voice, “But those are $2.99.” I told her the onions were on the other side, and then I left. Because I didn’t want to see if she would continue picking out white onions, when she could have gotten six times as many onions for about the same price.
I know that brown onions and white onions are a little different in flavor, but if you’re cooking onion it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference in the meal. White onions tend to be milder than brown onions, I realize that.
But when you don’t have a lot of money, buying onions for $0.89 a pound is like buying filet mignon instead of round steak. When you’re poor, and you don’t have a lot of money for food, it is common sense that you should shop the sale ads.
Now granted, the store did have the white onions right out in the main strip so I’m sure they were hoping everyone would buy white onions instead of looking for brown onions.
So tell me… do you ever share with other shoppers that an item is on sale? Were you ignored or thanked for the information?