Thursday, January 10, 2013
You know how some times something that is supposed to be a great deal sometimes is in theory but not so much when it gets right down to it? The "10 Kroner Sale" at the grocery store is kind of like that. It happens several times a year here and it always seem so exciting because the price of groceries in Norway is so expensive. Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in and most of the time you cannot find hardly anything for 10 Kroner. "10 Kroner" is like a dollar seventy eight in US money or 1.11 in English Pounds. "The Dollar Seventy Eight Sale" doesn't sound as appealing does it? Trust me, it is a good deal...maybe.
Here is the thing, I blame that sale for a certain amount of my weight gain ever year! I am normally a very frugal shopper so no way would I pay over 10 krone for a candy bar or sweet rolls. (yes, even candy bars are normally over 10 krone here) But the 10 krone sale has always made buying (and stocking up) these items fun and easy!
Here are some things that I would almost NEVER buy if they weren't 10 Krone:
packaged lefse with sugar and butter
frozen fish gratin (kind of like a cheesy creamy macaroni pie with fish)
sweet rolls with frosting
Skittles (they have just made it to Norway)
other kinds of candies
red beet salad...sounds good but it is full of mayonaise
cookies in a box
pre popped popcorn in a bag
Cheez Doodles! (kind of like Cheetos but not so good)
frozen french fries
mini frozen pizzas
You get the idea...a good deal for the price and some of these things seem like a fun treat....until I am making excuses to go into the store to buy the 10 krone candy bars because "they will go off sale soon"! So I save them and savor them? No. Usually I was eating them on the way home. In the past I have used this sale to stock up on normal things as well but also as an excuse to eat junk food. Not a good deal when it comes right down to my health ....do any of the above things seem high in nutrients? ugh!
Sooooo here we are! The 10 krone sale is going on at TWO of the stores near me! Steady!!!! Steady there! I have had to really work to control myself! Not only to not buy junk food but also not to stock up on tons of tooth paste and hand soap since we are moving in a month. So I got sensible...grabbed the ads from both stores and calmly made lists from both of them AFTER eating a good lunch rather than just cruising the isles delighting in every red "10 krone" tag I saw! Much better!
Here are some of the things I came up with:
1 kilo fresh oranges, pears and apples for 10 krone...that is like 90 cents a pound
1 kilo fresh carrots for 10 kroner
6 onions for 10 krone
bag of mixed greens
salmon spread for the kids lunches
yogurt treats for the kids
a box of yeast for baking
jars of pickles and olives
tinned mackerel in tomato sauce for the kids
dried apricots and plums
I utilized the candy isle for getting things for party bags that I will need for the kids birthdays at the end of the month but I did not go near the section of candy bars! I did get a few things that the kids really like...the lefse and the frozen fish gratin for example both are innocent enough...just not good for me! I aslo tried to figure how much soap, toothpaste and cleaning supplies I would need and just get that rather than stocking up for months and months!
I think I did OK. The danger is not quite over yet...my local store often runs the sale for two weeks but I figure if I use the same tactic...planning, not going just for the heck of it and not going when I am hungry...I should be able make the 10 krone sale work for me and not be a way to sabotage myself!
(On a slightly related note the variety store next to the grocery is having a similar sale in order to clear out items in the new year (10, 20 and 50 krone items) and I am quite happy because I can get supplies for the birthday parties at a great price! For me, living in a country this expensive requires a lot of planning and an eagle eye for sales!)