Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tina Finally Puts Out for Cheap Bastid

OK so this post is more than 13 months in the making. On June 15, 2010 I wrote a post called “Tina’s a Bitch”. It was all about being excessively frugal at the grocery store. It went on at length about Tina’s Burritos and how the regular price is 3 for $1 but that they had been on sale for 4 for $1 and even 5 for $1. When they went back up to 3 for $1 I quit buying them. I sure showed the bitch. Here’s the link:

Funny thing is that I noticed that a lot of people quit buying them when the sale price was done. Of course, that might have something to do with the fact that I am one of the few non-Hispanic customers at our Stater Brothers grocery store.

So every week for the past 13 months I stroll past the freezer with the Tina’s Burritos (it’s just down from where we pick up our weekly frozen pizza—Stater Bros. store brand for $3.99—as good as DiGiorno’s but a couple of bucks cheaper). I check the price. Yep 3 for $1 again. And then I flip the finger at the freezer just to be ornery. I’m sure that there have been a few raised eyebrows and laughs in the room where the security cameras are watched but what the hell.

So I am here to loudly proclaim that this week, yes folks this week, Tina’s Burritos are 4 for $1. I spotted it in the weekly ad flyer that I check out online each Wednesday—and Tina’s is something I always check for.

We just got back from the store. I spent $5 on Tina’s Burritos—most of it on the “Red Hot Beef” which isn’t red hot and may or may not be actual beef. But they’re frozen, they come out of the microwave pretty good and a couple of them make a decent lunch. From the look of the freezer case it seems as though quite a few other customers have had the same idea.

Hot damn! We’ve got enough to last a while—unless step-daughter Meg suddenly develops a Jones for Tina’s, and pretty soon I can go back to flipping off the display again. It’s just one of my ways of protesting the “high” price of food. And yeah, I know that the difference between 3 for $1 and 4 for $1 is 8 cents apiece. But a quarter each is my value point.

So I’m going to close this and pull a couple of Tina’s out of the freezer for an afternoon snack. Then I’ll look around for my Tums.

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