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You may find it funny that I write so many posts about grocery shopping.
Well, maybe you don't think that's funny, but I do. I guess that's what happens when you shift into the role of mom/consumer, which is what I've been for almost 16 years now.
When I got my first solo apartment 30 years ago (!), I didn't spend a lot of time thinking about where I purchased my groceries -- or how much they cost. I just went to whichever store I happened to be near, and bought whatever I thought I needed.
And I didn't need much: I ate out several times a week. Most of the time, that was how my friends and I socialized after work. But sometimes, it was a means to get out and be with other people, even if I didn't interact with any of them.
Such is the life of a woman living alone -- especially one who worked odd hours in television production.
But I still had to go shopping. One video shoot I was employed on consisted of one week of 18-hour days -- with eight hours off to go home, sleep, shower and start all over again. Each night, quitting time was pushed back later and later -- so by the end of the week, we were driving home in the wee hours of the morning.
At the end of the week, I remember realizing that I was out of cat food. So I went to the 24-hour Ralph's to pick some up -- along with my other single gal staples: non-fat yogurt, several boxes of Lean Cuisine... and Oreos.
I know that sounds inconsistent -- all that diet food and then, Oreos. But a girl's gotta have a few vices, right?
Besides: Who doesn't love Oreos?
Back in those days, I would occasionally host a party with my best friend -- which meant buying a lot of beer and wine and serving munchies, like chips and salsa. Right next to the bowl of chips, we'd also have one filled with Oreos. It might not sound like hipster food --but our guests scarfed those Oreos right up.
(At this point, I have to assure you that, believe it or not, 30 years ago, I was pretty darned cool -- one of the members of Devo showed up at one of those parties! No kidding!)
This is what I was thinking about this morning when I heard on NPR that today is the 100th anniversary of the Oreo cookie. It's kind of comforting to know that this very American confection is still going strong.
In honor of the anniversary, Ralph's (a Kroger store) is running a CartBuster deal for $1.50 off on Oreos, today. I love the fact that you never have to clip the coupons on the Cartbuster site: They are digital downloads to the Ralph's loyalty card I already use to get the best pricing on the groceries I buy there. I also like knowing that I don't have to use the coupons I download right away; the one I downloaded for the Oreos will work until March 13. Easy, peasy.
Thank you to Kroger for sponsoring my participation in the “Deal Of The Day” promotion. I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective. All opinions expressed here are my own.