Most of the "greek yogurt I've seen locally has added fruit on the bottom. However, it's not "real" fruit, but some "fruit preparation" (as indicated on the label in fine print). It's like jam. I don't see the value in getting that, over getting plain yogurt, and adding fresh or defrosted unsweetened fruit.
Recently, I purchased gluten-free flour mix to make muffins for a friend who is gluten intolerant. I will also buy speciality items, if you wish to call them that - almond milk, for instance.
My 'treats' lately do not involve what I'd normally have headed for before, so it's going to have to be a "that depends" type of answer. I'll pay for quality, but if a no-name product is of equal quality (take, for instance, frozen unsweetened fruit); then I'll get that
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I do for some things that I think are worth the extra cost. I buy organic milk and eggs regularly. I'll also pay more for things like locally produced grass-fed beef or lamb on the rare occasions that I buy red meat and can find the good stuff. For most of my standard pantry supplies, I buy what's on sale as long as it's decent.
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I try to buy Skinny Cow products on sale, and Healthy Choice frozen fudge bars at Costco. I spend more on asparagus now, since it's one of the few veggies my dh can eat. But that's it. I don't buy those cheesy supplements and powders advertised on tv, never, ever.
I do spend more for food items that are more natural and have ingredients that I can pronounce and I know what they are.
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I'll spend a little extra money if I think I am getting significantly better quality -- and I treat myself ocassionally to some expensive. But on the average day, I try to be sensible with my purchases and save money when I can.
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nope, I shop at Sam's club and Publix for their buy one, get one free stuff. I have three kids, all boys so they can put away some food.lol I even have my own vegetable garden started.
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It really depends on the food. If it's something like a yogurt, I know I can find cheaper alternatives. If it's something really unusual, or something which I rarely see, sure, I'll get the more expensive variety, especially if I like it more than the alternatives.
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Because I have cut back spending money on fancy high calorie snacks, I do allow myself to go to our Natural Food store, and I buy bulk things like thick cut oatmeal, raw peanuts,almonds and sunflower seeds.
If there's no real difference between a cheaper version and an expensive version, I'll go with the cheaper food.
But if a food is much higher quality (better nutrition stats, better tasting, fresher, organic rather than GMO, etc.), then I'll -usually- buy the more expensive version. For me, I'd rather have a higher quality of food that costs a bit more than buying things that are cheaper but bland or poor in nutrition.
If you're talking specifically about "treats" and goodies, my tastes have shifted entirely compared to when I was overweight. Now, a "treat" is a really excellent freshly harvested and roasted coffee, or organic baby tomatoes just picked from the vine. I also love getting real Greek yogurt, fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and I'll seek out prime cuts of meat. If I get chocolate, it's going to be a rare occasion but a super high quality milk chocolate from Ghirardelli or Sharffen-Berger.
That said, "goodies" and rewards for me have generally shifted away from food and more on to things like cool coffee mugs, t-shirts, mp3s (music), artwork, computer stuff, and technology toys/gadgets.
I do try new food that I hear about even when it's more money than I usually spend. For instance, I go to farmer's markets occasionally for fresh produce, even though it's much cheaper to buy produce at the grocery store. Local food really does taste better sometimes & is fresher! Now that I'm not eating so much in the way of chocolate, when I buy chocolate it tends to be more expensive, better quality stuff. I did switch to the higher-priced Greek yogurt from the less expensive stuff because I thought it was worth it nutritionally.
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When you go on a diet or attempt healthier eating lifestyle change you kind of have to spend more. If you buy what you always bought, you'll keep just what you've got. And for some reason, cheap food always seems to be the unhealthy stuff, so yes, I am spending more now on "special" (read healthy/ diet) food.
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YES! If I think it will help me with my healthy lifestyle and enjoy eating I will do it! I have purchased things before like you did, and if it adds something to my plan, I will buy it again! I also think of how much I spent when I ate poorly...this is better!
I just splurged the other day and bought some expensive greek yogurt. It was imported from Australia, called Tamar Valley and it was triple the price of ordinary yogurt. But it did have 2 servings in it. I scooped out one serving today and it was yummy.
Not very fantastic out of this world yummy but nice anyway. I really like the stats, low sugar, low fat, low calorie and 12% real fruit. I would probably not buy it again though, becoz of the price! I might buy Bulla fruit and yogurt, it's like pricier but it comes in 2 litre tubs, so it's more value for money!
Would you spend or save up for special foods that cost more as a treat?
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