What is it about a discount that makes us go crazy? Have you noticed what happens when a price is reduced, how we start thinking,
Well, why isn’t it reduced more? It’s 20% off? Who cares? Why not cheaper? Why isn’t it free? Why don’t they just give it to me, plus one for my mom and a free cookie too? And a pony! I want a pony!
Seriously, sales make people lose their minds. And this has led to a sad realization for me, the perennially thrifty mom. I was forced to notice that I myself have this trait, and it’s especially evident during bargain-hunting trips to Cheese Traders.
If you’re not familiar with them, consider stopping in to check out what interesting finds they’ve got in their cheese cases and on the grocery shelves. Besides really good prices on many local cheeses (I overheard a staffer saying to another, “We have a very low mark-up on the Vermont cheeses, but tend to have a higher profit on everything else,” which may be true in general but they definitely can have great deals on cheeses and other items from farther away too. If you’re hunting down the serious bargains, you just need to know general retail prices so you can evaluate the deals for yourself).
I found myself walking by the display of boxes of organic dehydrated mashed potatoes during my visits. They’re a great secret weapon to have on the shelf, convenient for all sorts of things, especially if you’re a gluten-free cook: breading for fried or baked chicken or fish or tofu, a thickener for soup or sauces, or even – yes – can just become mashed potatoes for a quick side dish. Plus they’re organic, and since potatoes grown with modern conventional practices continually earn their place on the “dirty dozen list” of pesticide-contaminated vegetables, organic is the way to go when it comes to spuds.
(By the way: here in Vermont, even the allegedly conventional growers tend to use pretty great practices. Ask your farmer what treatments they use if they’re not certified organic, as you may well find that they’re practically organic anyway.)
But back to these little pre-fab boxes with 6 or so servings that had been priced at something like a whole dollar each. Somehow the amount just scrambled my thrift-hungry brain. So I didn’t buy any again and again, even though they retail for $3. But guess what? Now they’re THREE for that dollar, and it’s time to stock up. No matter how crazy your inner bargain-hunter may be.
So if you’re local and agree with me that this is something that could make a happy home in your pantry, get yourself over there and buy a few. Oh, and they’ve got a cooler full of organic Liberte Kefir from our Canadian neighbors too.
And if you’re as wacky as I am, we can get together for a big yogurt and potato dinner and boast about the good deal we got on them.