Groceries in Manhattan are expensive. It's an island off islands -- as we so found out in the last few weeks -- and everything is shipped in. I came to understand this when I moved here in 1975 and through shopping carefully and sales I try to keep my grocery costs to less than exorbitant. The supermarket around the corner is about a quarter of the size of a small Walmart and probably at least twice as expensive. But it's convenient and I am a frequent visitor. I have learned, however, that the scanning doesn't always match the price announced and I watch the checkout like a hawk.
Tonight I was excited to find my favorite light rye on sale. But when I reached the checkout it rang up at $3.99. After I raised my concern, the young man who was at the counter went downstairs -- yes, it's two floors -- and came back telling me the price was $3.99. I said I didn't want the crackers and paid for my other purchases.
This troubled me. Was I reading wrong or simply hallucinating? I went back downstairs and whipped out my cell phone camera. The proof is in the picture! It's not about the principle here, it's about the price. Are you a careful checkout observer? What tips have you learned for grocery savings?
I had a nice day and enjoyed lunch with friends and our Bible study. We continue in 1Kings and have reached the tragic reign of King Ahab. We had a great discussion and I am so grateful for a time for learning and friends to study with.
Wishes for a sweet Saturday!