One-Liner Wednesday – On Sale

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.

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  1. My daughter in-law sold me her K cup machine and I really enjoy its singular qualities. Good to know about the expiration dates! She, by the way, was buying one from a person on FB, so it was like I was passing on the money to her “new” one. :)
    Happy Wednesday!

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  2. Good Wednesday discussion, Dan. I admit i’m a “date watcher” for anything that needs refrigeration. Far too many times (even in high end stores) I’ve found deli meat, cheese, eggs, yogurt — you name it, with dates that were expired by weeks. Silly me, I thought canned and packaged things were “safe.”… Until I started to open a can of soup I had just bought for lunch, and found it expired by TWO YEARS… Okay, so I realize this is not exactly your point, but that’s my Wednesday food trauma. :D Hugs.

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    1. I am getting better Teagan. By that I mean, I am starting to realize that there are dates. I like to think that if I were doing more (a.k.a. any) of the real food shopping in our house, I would pay better attention to dates. Two year old soup? Hmm, did you toss if or give it the sniff-test? See, I might not be cut out for this :)

      Have a great Wednesday!

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      1. LOL, no, I tossed it… and I pointed it out to the guy collecting the trash (they do all that in my office in the daytime), on the outside chance that someone might think “Those silly Americans, throwing away unopened food…”
        The sniff test is not so bad, unless phase 2 involves evaluating whether the odor is bad enough. ;o)

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  3. This post certainly addresses something we deal with every day, and it has to be laced with some common sense and a dose of humor. We are very familiar with the best by, use by, or eat by dates because we have been indoctrinated by our very own food police. Anyone who has food police in their family or circle of friends wouldn’t dare have a item with an expiration date in their cabinet or refrigerator – too much drama. Would I eat green cheese? Of course not. But, if a potato chip was best by last week, I will eat it without feeling like I’m risking my life. Enjoy your K-cups regardless of their date as long as they retain their caffeine jolt. :-)

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    1. Thanks Judy. I can always take a Sharpie to those dates, pour the coffee into a carafe, milk into a pitcher. The food police don’t bother me much. My wife is concerned, but mainly because she’s been around me long enough to know that I don’t pay enough attention to what I’m working with.

      My fear is the Internet of Things making progress to the point where my fridge is yelling at me about the cheese I put back in the drawer.

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  4. Yay! I love a good deal! The secret to the commissary’s cheap prices is the sell by/use by date. I don’t enjoy paying more for chicken now, but I do so enjoy buying that chicken on Tuesday and not cooking it until Thursday. I also enjoy not checking the dates with heightened paranoia and much tsking. I miss brown paper bags though.

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    1. Out local grocer still has paper bags, and the Mrs. still asks for them. They don’t have too many people who know how to pack them though. The bagger put the chicken (that my wife knows will leak before we get home) on top of the bread in a bag.

      I appreciate the effort of she who cooks for me – I’d probably poison us both. But, I got three boxes of Dunkin Donuts K-Cups for $20 – it’s a good week :)

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      1. I can’t even on that bread. Some of the baggers were awful, but most were good. I don’t miss the idle chit chat, either…
        At least you know enough to stay away from the green cheese!

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  5. I like the example you use at the beginning, Dan, because it illustrates so well the psychological factor at play here. Saving money is obviously a good thing, and I defy you to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy it, but there’s something about planning to pay price X for a certain amount of goods, and then seeing you’ll get MORE for that same price. It’s like, “Score!” But think about how another person who walks in with no set idea about how much to get and/or how much to pay. They won’t get the same charge out of that sale as you did. Interesting to think about!

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    1. You’re right Paul, And, this was the best possible case because they hadn’t put the signs up yet, so I had no way of knowing until I was at the counter. It was basically, “you can take another box is you like” and I was sooooo happy.

      If I had walked in and seen a “3 for $19.99” sign, I would have been happy, but not as happy.

      Great observation – thanks!

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  6. Confession time – I’m one of the food police. I’m practically obsessive about it. Husband on the other hand has a cast iron stomach and will eat things I’ve rejected a long time ago.
    The question we both have though is ‘how do you know if blue cheese has gone bad?’ Thankfully we both like cheese and having it go green isn’t a problem we normally encounter :)

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    1. Since you began with a confession, Joanne, I’ll add one that might clarify things. The “cheese” in my example is Kraft American Singles or Kraft Swiss Slices. Those aren’t in the same league as the cheese I think you’re talking about :) My wife will sometimes jokingly refer to them as “make believe cheese” or “that stuff you call cheese”

      I probably need the food police to be vigilant.


  7. Good one, Dan. Our local Publix grocery store has BOGO (buy one, get one) ads. I don’t food shop without reading the ads first. My husband now helps with the food shopping and he grabs the ads, too. The expiration date…..we go back and forth on that. Is it really, really bad if you eat if after the date…..?

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    1. Thanks Lois. I don’t shop a lot, so I don’t think we’re in any danger. I have been very happy some nights to come home to a nice juicy steak cooking because it was on sale today. We know what that means, but I’m just going to go with “it’s aged” and not question the date.

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  8. Up here in Canada (in my area at least) we have “Best Before” dates. Most people take this as an expiry date, but if you read it literally, it’s not. Unfortunately I’m the only editor in the house, so stuff gets thrown out when it doesn’t need to… :P

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  9. Wow, you really got a bargain that day!
    I pay attention to the sell by, and expire by dates, but I don’t obsess over them. Eggs I usually keep a week past the date on the carton, milk a day or two and meds months longer. One of Baby Girl’s Doctor’s told me I could keep and use the medicine up to a year beyond the date on the packaging. She said they play it safe by putting dates well before they actually expire. Since then I figured everyone was doing that all along, and I’m too thick to have figured that out! :)

    My Mom used to cut off the mold on the cheese toss it out, and eat the remaining cheese. She did that with fruit too that had bruises. Just cut off the bad part and eat the rest. I do to fruit, but not cheese. If it has mold I toss the whole thing!

    @Joanne- Good question re: blue cheese! I’d eat it. I love blue cheese. :)

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    1. Yeah, I did get a bargain, and as Paul pointed out, it felt better than it was. I will cut a bad section out of fruit. I’ve confessed to eating questionable-quality cheese, so I think green means toss. Then again, if one slice is green and one isn’t, the second one is going on my sandwich (if I’m making it). My wife might toss the whole pack, especially if it was beyond the date.

      I have a prescription pain relief gel that I will use until it’s ineffective, because getting a refill requires a doctor’s visit.

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  10. I love a deal but I have to wonder how it is possible to sell three fully grown chickens for such a cheap price. It takes time, food and land for a chicken to grow to maturity, labour to kill and package it, fuel to transport it to its destination, fuel to cook it and then add on the overhead for the store. So when I see those deals at my grocery store I always wonder who isn’t getting paid or what corner is being cut.

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    1. I think it’s an effort to reduce their losses. If I can cook it and sell it today, vs. throw it out tomorrow, I’ll cook the thing. The article I linked to explains it better than I can. I guess the alternative is to be really good at inventory management, but if I go to the store to buy apples and there are only two left, I’d probably think that someone else must have noticed something bad with them.

      As to how fast food places can afford to sell chicken items for less than I would imagine the cost of the chicken is a scary corner of economics I don’t want to go into :)

      Thanks for the comment.

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  11. I am with you on the whole “sell by” and “use by” date thing. I apply my common sense. Obviously I do not consume things like poultry after they are past their date as the risk of me getting my judgement wrong is too great but for the most part I use the evidence of my own senses and my knowledge to determine whether something is still good to eat or needs to be disposed of. If it helps me snag a bargain then that is even better.

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  12. I don’t worry too much about “sell by” dates on something like coffee. Really, I have some instant coffee in the cupboard that “expired” 2 years ago, and it still tastes ok to me. I only worry about stuff that can become stale or maybe even dangerous after certain date – like milk and pastries, or stuff that loses its potency after a certain date -like drugs and certain baking ingredients. But heck, even the “sell by” date on milk isn’t realistic – I’ve had milk that stayed fresh for several weeks past the pull date, so I still just go by smell and taste like my mother did.

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  13. My husband is the food worrier in our family. If something’s been in the fridge for what he considers too long (leftovers, for instance), he won’t eat it. I pay attention to “sell by” dates on certain things. But “best before” is more of a taste thing, where “use by” is an instruction, as far as I understand it.

    Enjoyed your musings as usual.


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  14. We watch dates like a hawk. The only time I wanted to relent was I bought 24 bottles of Michelob Ultra for some friends coming over. (Their brand) They all decided to drink margaritas instead. I do not drink carbonated defrost so I lost track of time and out of date they all went. I should have lowered my beer standards, but I must say the Michelob Ultra made a fine plant fertilizer. Excellent post, Dan.

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    1. I bought a case of Yuengling but about a week later, I discovered I bought cans. I don’t like cans. They are very much out of date. I need to get rid of them. I might use your suggestion. Thanks John.

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  15. Such a timely post. I hate wasting food, however this morning I made myself pour out a partial container of whipping cream, but not until I checked the accuracy of the expiration date by using my nose to confirm the cream had, indeed, expired. The bad smell saved me from moving to my second level of testing, which is taking the tiniest of sips for verification: an act that sometimes leads to frantic mouth rinsing, though sipping has never made me sick. I know. I know. Weird.

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  16. I’ll be looking at the “use by” date on the K-cup box tomorrow morning. Not that it matters. I buy the 36-count box that saves me money and it tastes the same as the small, expensive box. The dates I worry most about is the one on the milk carton and the one that tells me when the salad greens are going to go bad. Have you ever smelled bad salad greens? Eww!

    As for cheese, I’m the same as you. Is it green yet? No? Okay then, slice me off a chunk.

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    1. There’s a group of three of us who buy the Dunkin Donut K-cups to drink instead of the stuff our office provides. The office charges $0.50 so the DD are normally a little more expensive (but always taste better).

      I’m not a big fan of salad greens. Bad salad greens, eeeew – don’t want to think about that.

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  17. Hum, I check the dates, actually. For many years I didn’t because there was no need for. But now it looks like more stores are careless about them. For dairy products and eggs, well, I think dates matters. Otherwise I agree that the look tells a lot about the product freshness. Cheers!

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    1. I’m pretty sure the Mrs. is checking those dates. I’m not normally the one buying food. Sometimes, I stop and pick milk up at the farm where we buy it. There are dates, but they are very good about only having products with dates well into the future.


  18. In Kenya, the cunning manufacturers stopped indicating “use by”, “expiry date”, “sell by”, etc. They write “best before” which I find that to be disturbing and ambiguous.
    Best before, say, 4/15/2016. Doesn’t it mean that even after that date the commodity is still okay to use? So when does it really expire? That’s my worry. It’s so hard to trust anything these days. Especially foods.
    The other day I bought a bottle of Dasani water and for the first time noticed that it has an expiry date. I was intrigued and disturbed as well. I thought: Does water expire? And what does it become when it expires? What has the company added to it so that it expires?
    I decided that the next time I buy a bottle of Dasani water I will store it till the expiry date reaches. I should then know what it becomes when it expires.

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    1. “what does it become when it expires?” I love that question. Especially since Dasani is simply purified water (not spring water). Water has always been here. It doesn’t go away, it just gets recycled through the system of life. Let me know, Peter, if it turns into something else after it expires :)


  19. We have our own use-by tester. It’s our oldest cat, Miya. Yes, I know cats aren’t supposed to have milk once they’re weaned, but Miya is insistent on it so we give her just enough to barely cover the bottom of a cereal bowl. We can read the use-by label and even take a close whiff and still think the milk of fine. Miya knows different. She just has to get her nose close to the bowl. If it smell close to sour, forget it. She’s not going to drink it and will whine for the new container to be opened just for her.

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    1. Ha – I love that! We have had cats that don’t subscribe to the no milk rule. One would sit next to me when I was eating cereal, nudging me to “wrap it up” and leave him about the amount you describe.

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