The Frugal Buffet

Adventures in Grocery Shopping

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Part 30: Picking up Some Stuff
Today I went to Met Foods on Driggs. There was a 2-for-$5 sale on orange and grapefruit juice. I picked up one of each. I usually only buy those things when the prices are low like that. I can't bring myself to spend more than $3 on orange juice. I also picked up a liter of skim milk, and two bunches of celery, which were $1.50 each. Celery is one of the few vegetables that I usually get at the grocery store instead of at Young Fruit, where they charge $1.99. However, Young Fruit did recently have celery on sale for 99 cents a bunch. They were pretty large bunches. I was able to go through 3 or 4 of them before they ended the sale.

Did you know that what most people call a "bunch" of celery, the USDA refers to as a "stalk," and that what most people refer to as a "stalk" of celery, the USDA refers to as a "branch?" My natural inclination is to refer to both of them as stalks, but then I think about it for a second and realize that I should have a different word for each, and then I end up going with "bunch" and "stalk." I would have trouble getting myself to say "branch" in any situation involving celery, but maybe I'll try anyway. It seems like that might be a cool thing to do.


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