It’s end of day Thursday before Easter and I found myself with a bit of time – time I can invest into planning what I’ll be eating next week and shopping. Clearly – good time management.
So equipped with time and advanced knowledge that eye of the round roast was on at $1.97 per pound (WOW!), I quickly ran up to my neighbourhood Food Basics. This would be great for my upcoming Trying to Thrive on $6.65 challenge (bringing awareness that very day, Fife House clients cope with the reality of having an average of $6.65 to spend on food).
As soon as I arrived at the meat counter I realized I was in trouble. Sure the price was great, but the roasts were over $11.00.
What should I do? Would it be a wise decision to spend almost 1/4 of my week budget of $46.55 on just meat? And on top of that, just one type of meat?
A $12.00 roast would give me close to 1lb of meat per day. Is that a smart choice? Do I need that much meat? What other things would I be giving up if I purchased all this meat? Would I get sick of eye of the round day-after-day for 7 days?
As strange as it is to have all of these concerns, it was just as strange to be standing in the middle of a crowded, post-holiday grocery store with nothing in my basket having this internal conversation with myself (as row after row of heaping grocery carts passed me).
In the end I turned away empty-handed wondering if leaving this deal behind was the right decision… but mildly satisfied I had to put more thought into this purchase. A $12.00 roast was a big deal and I was ill-equipped to make these big decisions on a whim.
Back to the drawing board. Thankfully I still have time for more research.
If you have any thoughts, please… leave comments. Help me out. What should I have done?