A few years ago there was a lot of commotion about the president being surprised by scanners at the supermarket check out. He was also derided for not knowing how much a gallon of milk cost.
Now, I've seen scanners since they came around. Heck, I help with the grocery shopping every week - and, no, I ain't looking for no medal.
But when it comes to some prices, I don't know what they are ... except for my rice cakes when I'm standing before the display.
This morning I ran out for milk and orange juice. A gallon of 2 percent lowfat milk and two half gallons of pulp orange juice, if you're keeping track.
Going in I didn't know if ten bucks would cover it.
So, I took a twenty out and headed to the far reaches of the nearby Acme store.
I past not one, but two wily coyote's shopping in the contraption aisle before I got to the farthest corner where they store the milk, bread and juice.
I didn't need any bread, except to pay with, so to speak. But there were so many orange juices my head started to spin.
So, getting back to my earlier point, I didn't know going in how much a half-gallon of pulp orange juice would be. It was $3.99
But I don't know if that's high or not. But that doesn't really matter, because I had two things on my list and pulp orange juice is one of them, and I grab two @ $3.99.
The milk was next to the orange juice. Did you know that a gallon of 2 percent lowfat milk costs $3.99?
My math may be a bit rusty, but that's half as much as pulp orange juice. You can't mix them becuase orange juice is lousy in your coffee.
With my Valued Customer card I got a $1.49 off on each orange juice and the bill came to $8.99
In the long run, $10 would have covered it, but I didn't know that going in.
I bagged my OJ & milk and headed for a cup of coffee ($1.30) and a buttered Italian roll, and a copy of the Friday edition of the Wall Street Journal, and some Mega tickets for tonight's drawing.
That too, totalled under $10.
And that is how I started the first day of my vacation, more or less.
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