Today I did not bring my lunch to work as I had lunch plans with a colleague. However, since the plans were postponed, I was forced to go hunting and find something to eat. I decided that I'd not only be healthy, but cheap as well. With this clever idea, I went to Duane Reade (New York's Walgreens) and bought some Healthy Choice soup for $3 or so. I knew that I would not eat it all and therefore it would become two $1.50 meals. Genius!
I then decided that I needed a piece of fruit to accompany my deliciously cheap meal, and that I could well afford an apple. In my new found cockiness, I strutted into a little market across from work and picked me out a red apple. Shiny and round.
I checked myself out in its reflection, really feeling awesome about my previous thrifty and healthy transaction. By the purchase of the soup and now this apple, I was taking on two resolutions at once: Lose the extra lbs and save the mula. I was at the height of my resolution making.
It wasn't until the clerk repeated herself that I realized that she was speaking to me: "That'll be $1.25." Of course, this statement was recited in that snarky New Yorker fashion that I typically find amusing when not used on me.
$1.25 for one apple. Count it...one. I know New York is the "Big Apple," but c'mon...this is stretching a bit, don't you think?
The inclusion of this apple bumped my lunch up to almost $5.00. Yes folks, I do realize that with the splitting of the soup, it is merely averaging out to only a bit above $3.00, but it was the fact of the matter. Here I was, too shocked to remove myself out of line, paying $1.25 for ONE apple that I would enjoy in only ONE sitting. This was too much for me to take.
I decided to list some items below that one can purchased for less than $1.25...and I promise you, a mere ONE apple won't make that list.
Items that cost less than the obnoxious $1.25 New York apple:
- Green apple Jollyrancher (long version): $.80
- One song from Apple itunes: $.99 cents
- Cinnamon apple muffin: $1.09
- Apple juice: $1.19
I think you get my point here. All I have to say is if I'm spending $1.25 on ONE mere, everyday-Joe apple...how much would I need to spend to get one mango?