It’s All Downhill

Embarking on my piety diet-y I thought that I would be able to maintain the same level of PC bourgeouis that I’ve grown accustomed to. Farmer’s Markets, Whole Foods, and even Korean markets may be a thing of the past in order to adhere to my $25 limit. With barely $6 left, I wanted to make an Eggplant, Tomato, and Basil pasta salad from Best Recipe to maximize the last of the tomatoes and lemons, and introduce basil into my daily food equation. All I needed to buy was a small eggplant, basil, and red pepper flakes. The Farmer’s Market is the logical place for the eggplant ($1.10) and basil ($2), it doesn’t get fresher or cheaper. It’s the red pepper flakes that I had to get as cheaply as possible. I briefly consider stealing some from the local pizza shop, but I should get my own, thievery is never the answer.

For $1.29, I got a very fresh bottle from 99 Cent Dreams. Not an organic or exotic variety from Whole Foods, but a cheap plastic jar from the artificial flavoring capitol of the world – New Jersey. Being 99 Cent Dreams, I really only wanted to spend 99 cents, not one third more, but it’s quite good for the price, so I shouldn’t grouse about it. Actually, 99 Cent Dreams is not a bad place to shop – a full line of Goya products, ramen, and trans-fatty snacks galore. It may not be all what their name suggests, but it could be the cheapest around. My NAFTA shopping spree will have to wait until next week when I have another $25 to burn through, I only have $2.51 to carry me through the weekend.

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