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10 Kroner Sale

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
fish sticks
candy bars
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 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
baby carrots
6 onions for 10 krone
bag of mixed greens
smoked mackerel
chicken pate
salmon spread for the kids lunches
yogurt treats for the kids
camomile tea
Wasa crackers
a box of yeast for baking
canned tomatoes
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 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!)

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    You did great!! You made a plan and it worked for you!! Take advantage of a sale - that's my motto!!

    1954 days ago
    You did well Ronna. I would be stocking up on the candy also. Kind of like visiting a dollar store here in the States. I buy my Mom her candy there now but also boxed chicken stock, pretzels, bleach, books, wrapping paper and cards etc... That salmon spread sounds good. Never heard of it. :)
    1958 days ago
    You did a great job with what you actually bought! That was great planning on your part. I have problems with the after holiday sales, especially the 1/2 off bags of chocolates. Toothpaste does expire, so it's probably not a great idea to buy too much of it.

    When we moved over the summer, we tossed out many things because we got tired of packing and lugging boxes around. Now I really think twice before buying anything.
    1958 days ago
    It sounds as if you did a great job of planning, and keeping your purchases under control. The produce prices you quoted would be a bargin here, too (the west coast of Florida) and everyone has citrus trees in their back yards. I can see how it would be a great temptation to buy too much - which is what I did today because of a sale.
    1959 days ago
    I think you did a great job with the temptations being right in front of you. It's hard to think "sale" and not stock up on everything one usually uses over time. Not meaning to be nosey, but is your new employer paying for the move? If not, you certainly don't want to have to pay for more than needing to bring. Good luck to you, Patrick and your children in this next adventure of your lives!
    1959 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/11/2013 11:48:58 AM
    So you did some sensible things and some splurges and that's OK. Have you moved yet?
    1960 days ago
    I say you made some really good choices.


    Why not stock up on toothpaste ? I was actually discussing this very topic with some friends at the gym. Mostly, I was lamenting the cost of toothpaste. Why is toothpaste so expensive ? One tube of a particular type of Crest I like, costs $3.99 for 4.8 OUNCES ! The larger 6.2 ounce tube is like $4.99 or even $5.79. It's insane what toothpaste costs. All the brands are expensive.

    That's why I stock up whenever I see it on sale. And I'll buy whatever brand is on sale these days.

    Oh and I know what Cheez Doodles are. they still make them here. I don't eat them anymore. too greasy.

    1960 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2013 12:14:11 PM
    Bravo! You did a fantastic job.

    Isn't it depressing that it's most often the junk food that's on sale?
    1960 days ago
    Wow, this is all so expensive. I must say, the frozen fish gratin sounds heavenly. Your revised list looks quite healthy. Way to go!!!! Amazing what you have to go through. Makes he appreciate the ... what I consider high prices here.
    1961 days ago
    Sounds like you have it down.

    Yes, getting ready to move is good for keeping you from buying all the "great deals"!
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  • KELPIE57
    Well done, you are as always an inspiration, and the planning tactics you used here are useful everywhere in the healthy life scheme of things!
    1961 days ago
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