“Those are on sale today, three for $19.99!”
I loved hearing that. I was prepared to pay almost $20 for the two boxes I had just placed on the counter. It was like getting a third box for free.
Yes, I realize that I was probably experiencing a rotisserie-chicken(1) moment. The “use by” date on these K-Cups is fast approaching.
(1) For those who might be unaware, the reason you can often get a fully-cooked-ready-to-serve chicken for less than the cost of a you-have-to-take-it-home-and-cook-it-yourself chicken, is because the chicken in the rotisserie oven had to be sold by today. It’s the same reason the fruit and veggies in the salad bar are often cheaper than the ones in the crisper.
It’s OK. I’m good with that. The practice saves/makes money for the store, and reduces food waste. Besides, I almost never by that stuff.
Also, sell-by is rarely the same as eat-by. In the case of my K-cups, the date is: “use-by” but that won’t be a problem. That’s because the people who actually look at those dates before buying stuff, are much more concerned about the dates than I am, so the store owners pull the trigger on these “get that old inventory out of here” sales way before they would have to if they were only selling to me.
The use-by date is still way in the future, as far as I’m concerned. With 12 k-cups to a box and 3 or 4 being consumed each day in my office, any date beyond April 30, 2016 is good enough for me.
Actually, any date is good enough for me, because I hardly ever look at those dates. I’m more of a fan of the “the cheese ain’t green, so it must be good” method. Fortunately, the Mrs. takes good care of me.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday series.