Let me count the ways:
1 bag spinach
1 container blueberries
1 bottle low-sodium soy sauce
Chicken of the Sea tuna
Ocean Spray cranberry cocktail juice
Yesterday, I bought all this for $7.90 at the 99¢ Only Store. $7.90. Anyone who has been in a Save Mart lately knows what a good deal this.
I know what you’re probably thinking: But it’s the 99 cent store. Gross. I get that. I used to think that way, too — that there was no way I’d eat fresh food from a discount store. And then I became poor. Pride takes a backseat when you have to watch how much you spend on staples.
I happened upon the 99¢ Only Store at McKinley and First when I was looking for some such small bit of nonsense, and that’s when I saw they had bags full of citrus for 99 cents. And spices for 99 cents. And cans and boxes of dried goods for less than that. I wondered why no one had told me of this miracle place.
Sure, sometimes something in the produce aisle can look a little worse for wear. But I’ve seen plenty of rotten fruit at Save Mart, too. I go by one rule: if it looks good, I’ll buy it. If it doesn’t, I’m no worse off.
Recently I discovered there’s a produce-selling 99¢ Only Store store closer to where I live (it’s on Bullard and First), so now I don’t have to drive as far, which is nice. Much as the Brig and its $3 drinks has ruined other, more expensive bars for me, the 99 cent store has just about ruined other grocery stores for me (never again will I pay $3-$4 for a bag of spinach, I swear to you this).
I encourage you to give the store a try. Hopefully you’ll be as pleasantly surprised as I. [Edit: Unintentional rhyme. Sorry.]