January 09, 2008
Expensive vs. Priceless
At the Budgens grocery store in Ascot, Berkshire, England today, I discovered an American food section. Stuff like Reese's peanut butter cups (actually, only the banana kind, never heard of them before), Apple Jacks, marshmallow fluff, and other examples of healthy, high-quality American foods.
A normal-sized box of Froot Loops (12.6 oz) was going for £5.25, which is $10.30 today. About FIVE TIMES as expensive as Safeway in the U.S.. Good thing we don't buy Froot Loops anyway. Emily loves them if we are at a hotel buffet in the U.S., because they are bright and sugary, but that's the only time she gets them, nasty things.
A bag of chocolate chips was going for £3.85 ($7.50), about THREE TIMES as expensive as Safeway. Skip it. Anyway, we just brought some back from our trip to Colorado (don't you always pack a bag or two of chocolate chips in your suitcase?).
Mott's no-sugar applesauce (23 oz) - £2.49 ($4.90), TWICE as expensive. I broke down and got one jar and didn't feel too guilty (hey, only double!).
Goldfish crackers (6.6oz) - £1.49 (=$2.90) vs. $1.99 at Walgreen's in the U.S. - at only a dollar more, I bought a package for my kids, who love them. I was excited. That's not even double, only half again as expensive!
Well, that stuff is expensive here...but in a seamless, silly segue, I have to say my husband is priceless...he has stood faithfully by my side in marriage for 15 whole years today. Rah rah rah for him! I continue to be stunned (almost to speechlessness) at his kindness, perseverance, thoughtfulness, industry, sizzle, trust and generosity. What a richly blessed woman am I. Thank you, David, for being mine.
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Congratulations on your 15th anniversary, and especially on your happy marriage!
Posted by: Lori Bailey | Jan 9, 2008 6:44:09 PM
Congrats and Happy Anniversary to you both!
Posted by: randall | Jan 9, 2008 9:20:39 PM
Happy Anniversary! And many more blessed and happy years together.
Is there a Military Base nearby with a commissary? And an American friend who could buy you some of the American things you are missing? Just a thought.....
Posted by: Melene | Jan 9, 2008 9:59:26 PM