Today (on twitter) Jeanie have been discussing the price of mangoes. They are coming into season here in Oz, and they are a big favourite with everyone in the family. (Apparently they are a big favourite with Jeanie’s bub-to-be. I think I’ve got it right – via more Twitter! – that bub goes off like a frog in a sock after Jeanie has had a mango, and I get the impression she is hoping that mangoes will encourage bub to get active, and get head down, bum up, and ready for an expedient exit!)
But I digress!
She mentioned that she saw them advertised for 99c at Aldi – but that she’d paid $2.50 for the one she was eating this morning. I commented that $2 each is my usual buying guide cut-off, and she said this was her usual M.O. but that this was for bub! (I wondered if they were cheaper up north in Queensland, but apparently not!)
Anyhow, it struck me (as it often does) how stupid I am. Well, that thought strikes me a lot, but on this occasion it’s in regard to the cost of fruit. How I’ll baulk at paying more than $2 for a mango, but then I’ll happily (albeit guiltily) chuck a $3.50.. $3.99 block of chocolate into my trolley. Or a $4.00 pack of “homemade” cookies from the bakery section.
For someone who is wanting to shed a few kilos, and who has relatively healthy inspirations as far as feeding the family, this is just ludicrous!
I do similar things with punnets of strawberries. And blueberries. And, when it comes down to it, most fruit. $3.50 for strawberries? Daylight robbery! A packet of lollies (not that I buy them much, but…) $3.50 – or more – and I don’t blink.
What is wrong with me?!
Just because fruit is seasonally priced, and varies with supply and demand (whereas you just gradually pay more for chocolate, while they change the packaging and reduce the amount!) we baulk at paying too much more than the lowest price we’ve ever fluked.
Time to change my priorities I think.
Doesn’t mean I’m not going to now scrummage around for the latest Aldi catalogue to see if I can snaffle some mangoes in town tomorrow for 99c each! But I hereby swear that the next time I start eyeing off the Cadbury in the supermarket, I’m going to smack myself about the head, and go straight over to the fruit and veg section and get a mango (or other yummy fruit) to a similar value.
While yesterday I succumbed to the psychologically restorative properties of caramello chocolate (at the risk, I might add, that the subsequent self-loathing might do even greater mental damage), perhaps the same benefit could have been gained from the luxury of sitting and scoffing a whole mango all to myself! While one is supposed to limit oneself to two pieces of fruit a day, logic tells me that an extra piece of fruit (in the form of a mango, for instance) would be far better for me than half a block of Caramello chocolate!