After several trips to the supermarkets this weekend, I realized it was time to revisit a topic that has languished of late on striving cynic: Grocery Bill Wreckers. You remember (or if you’re new here, you don’t), this is where I examine what the heck drives my grocery bill up so much (I go in thinking it’s gonna be $20; I come out having spent $70). Before I get to this fifth and latest addition, let me remind you of what the last four were.
1. My eyes (contacts, drops, medications…)
2. My cat (food, food, litter, special food he likes as a treat, food..)
3. My [not so] shameful tea addiction (50 varieties last time I counted..)
4. Impulse buys (would you walk away from chocolate malted milk ball cookies? I don’t think so).
And introducing the next grocery bill wrecker to join the list………………[and on another note, looking back, it annoys me that I wasn't consistent with abbreviating or not abbreviating "part" for the previous titles...]
The seasonal/limited edition flavor item.
From October on, we get assaulted with special flavors in our coffees, teas, ice creams, soy milks, candies, you name it. And I am a sucker for almost all of it. Example 1:
Just a sampling of what’s out there. One pumpkin coffee; one gingerbread coffee [I loved Trader Joe's pumpkin coffee and made the mistake of not buying 10 cans immediately...and that's it till next year according to them]; one gingerbread tea; one cranberry pomegranate tea [stash markets it as seasonal, not sure if I see it that way]; a “Christmas Eve” flavor tea; a “Holiday Chai” flavor tea; a pumpkin spice tea; and a “Candy Cane Lane” tea. And I can tell you, that I’ve held back. There are other varieties of Christmas tea out there (eggnog flavor, sugar plum flavor, sugar cookie flavor..it goes on and on), that I’ve resisted buying…for now.
Last year my family became addicted to a gingersnap flavor ice cream by Turkey Hill. I have walked past the freezer case and looked for it longingly, but it hasn’t showed up yet. But, I have seen a peppermint ice cream and had a pumpkin ice cream back in October.
I went to Trader Joe’s on Sunday and decided to buy gingerbread mix rather than the pumpkin bread mix that I have bought my previous trips (no doubt, I’ll be buying both again). Once again, I got majorly sucked into a Trader Joe’s display….and as my eyes widened and my heart started beating faster I knew I had to have a box of Joe-Joe’s.
For heaven’s sake, how am I supposed to resist “chocolate sandwich cookies” with peppermint bits in the cream? How? How? It’s beyond me. Needless to say, they didn’t stay in their unopened state for very long. So, first of all, yum! Second, I love the pale pink cream. Third, yum!
What other seasonal treats await? Chances are, I’ll find out.
Verdict. An addiction to the flavors of the season (whatever season it is) can be an absolute grocery bill wrecker!
In other words, I’ll do it again, and again…
Are you addicted to any “seasonal” flavors? What “holiday flavor” treats are currently lurking in your house?