Friday, January 24, 2014
All last year, my favorite little grocery store (Fresh and Easy) kept customers updated on whether they were going to close if not bought by an investor. I blogged last year about this; how the groceries were fresh, no preservatives, and totally inexpensive. A real dream of a place for me. When I thought they were going to close, I started to visit other places that sold similar products and healthy food. None were nearby and none were a bargain. I guess there's really no such thing.
At the end of last year, it was announced that a buyer had snatched up the chain and I was elated. However, the changes are being made and among them are the prices - they are almost double on many of the things I regularly buy.
Honestly, I'm going to visit more stores to see if I can find something to replace this store. If not, I guess I will have to either grin and bear the higher prices and/or eat a lot less (which isn't a bad idea either). It's just sad to have lost this store which was like a trusted friend. Silly, perhaps, but when you rely on something for healthy eating it does become a friend of sorts.
In the scheme of important things in life, this is another trivial detail. But one which has surfaced nonetheless. I do smile at how much I save on things I no longer buy; coffee and whatever went into it, sugar products (the occasional treat or two). And, even though I never have bought alcohol, I still count that among my savings as I see how much that can add to a food bill.
Hey, now, Spark friends. Have a fun weekend. It's been five years here and I've "met" some amazing folks. I wish you lived near me as neighbors.