Thursday, January 8, 2009

Frugal dilemma

Was shopping last night and hit upon a dilemma...

Before I leave the house, I do my usual prepwork which includes figuring out to within about a dollar how much I'm going to spend. And, with only $60 cash in my food envelope, it gets pretty specific! LOL

I need shortening this week - have been planning on making pasties for DaHubby and need it for the crust. Even at Aldis, their huge can was about $3.40. I was trying to cut corners as I go - knowing I needed to drop about $3 in costs before I was done. So, I figured I get a smaller can at a subsequent store, thus saving a buck or so.

When I got to Meijers, their smallest can was still $2.49. And, therein lies the dilemma.

The larger can at Aldis was obviously a beter deal per ounce but I was trying to cut my out-the-door costs. And, yet, it was just killin' every frugal gene in me to buy the smaller can for that price.

So, what's a frugal girl to do? Opinions?


Melanie said...

Buy the bigger one. It's cheaper in the long run. :)

Thursday's Child said...

Yep, buy the bigger one. It's close in price and worth it, IMO.

L-Jay said...

Buy the bigger one and make more pastries! Win/win! ;)

Lady of Value said...

Yes, the bigger one is a better deal, BUT when you only have X amount of $, I understand the need to spend less and stretch that money. I do that weekly myself!

GiBee said...

Borrow shortening from your neighbor with a promise of some pasties in return.

How are you doing???