Being frugal is certainly one of the hardest things to do for me! Once again, filled by good intentions, I decided to go to Maxi to buy my food. For those who do not know Maxi, it is a very-cheap-large-surface-with-no-service type of grocery store in
Do people know how to live?
First things first, people seemed uneducated and without manners. I guess I should not expect more than a cheap grocery store located in a poor area of my cityâ€¦ Anyway, I almost got ran over by a car on my way to the store (you know those big yellow stripes on the parking ground are not for design purposes!). Then, I pick a cart and go to the entry, there is a 50ish lady with her cart going out the store and taking all the place in the world to go through. No way in for me until she took off. The entry of the store gives to the fruits and vegetables. I saw more peaches on the floor than on the rackâ€¦ nobody is around. I guess nobody cares period, itâ€™s only good perishable food rotting on the floor after all!?!
Where is the good food?
Fruits were only good for pies and vegetables for soup! Most of their perishable products were on the line of walking away from the store by themselves. Usually, we buy a lot of them. That day, I had to stick to some grapes and salad. There was nothing too fancy as wellâ€¦ the most exotic fruit was the oranges! Overall, we had a very hard time finding our usual healthy products that we buy on a regular basis.
The World of Fried chicken, Chips and Ice Cream
Instead of good stuff for health, I found alleys full of fried foods (I swear, they fried almost the ice cream!), chips, soft drinks, cookies and ice cream. While I love these things, I am trying to find food that is better for my health than for the growth of my belly!
Was it cheaper?
The company was advertising a cheap place where you can find a ton of food. They were right. The food is not so good quality and unhealthy, but damn cheap! Most stuff I bought was on sale. I found great bargain on peanut butter and other non-perishable food. So we did save money on these articles.
I do not know if it was because I did not eat before I went to the grocery store or because all the junk food was on sale, but my grocery bill was not smaller than usual. In fact, I bought more junk and I still had to go back to my regular grocery store to my more fruits and vegetables. In the end, I did not enjoying the experience of shopping there, I bought less healthy food and probably ended up by paying more for food this week than usual. I learnt my lesson; I will not try to save on food anymore. My health worth more than trying to be frugal!
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