How Much Fruit Can I Buy For $2?

It was a busy day today (so I’m racing to publish this before midnight): lots going on at work, and Thursday night is Latin Jam night, which is fast becoming one of my favorite, and toughest, workouts.  But I was able to squeeze in a quick trip before class to my new favorite supermarket, Super King (here’s my account of my first visit to Super King), which I love because the produce is cheap Cheap CHEAP.  As I was getting out of my car in the parking lot, I opened my wallet, and realized I only had $2 in cash on me.  I was never planning on this being a huge shopping excursion – I only had about 10 minutes anyway before I had to leave to make it to class on time – so I concocted a little challenge for myself:  I needed to buy fruit to last me until Sunday, when I could pick up more at the Farmers’ Market.  So, my challenge was this: how much fruit could I buy at Super King for $2?

If I really wanted to max out my $2, I’d just buy 5 pounds of red plums, which was priced at 39 cents a pound.  But that’s no fun, because that’s a lot of red plums, and also, they weren’t quite ripe yet, and I needed stuff I could eat for breakfast tomorrow – the only fruit I had in my house was 1/4 of a pineapple, and an almost empty bag of Trader Joe’s frozen strawberries.  I also didn’t want to take the time to weigh anything, because I noticed on my way in that there were lines at the checkouts, and I only had minutes to shop and go.

First stop:  Bananas.  49 cents a pound.  They were bright yellow and ready to eat, and they’re the easiest fruit to throw in my lunch bag and take to the office.   I grabbed two.

I also grabbed 2 red plums, because the price (39 cents a pound) couldn’t be beat.  Hopefully they’ll be ready to go on Saturday.

They had about 6 varieties of apples, and the cheapest were galas, at 69 cents a pound.  I grabbed 3.  They hold up well, are ready to eat, and just about every morning I cut one up before heading out the door, and eat it in the car as I drive to work as part of my breakfast.

Lastly, 2 bartlett pears.  They were just about ripe (hopefully they only need a day), and pears might be my all-time favorite fruit.  And only 33 cents a pound!  Practically a steal.

So this is everything I had in my basket when I headed to the checkout:

I had my two dollars in my hand as the cashier rang me up, but I decided not to look the monitor until she said out loud what my total was.  It all came out to…. drum roll please… $1.65!

(Bananas: 33 cents. Pears: 29 cents. Apples: 82 cents. Plums: 21 cents.)  I could have bought almost another pound of plums!

I made it to Latin Jam class on time, and the class felt great tonight – great music, lots of sweat, and I felt a little more confident about the choreography than I sometimes do.

Oh – and this morning (it seems like forever ago) was a weigh-in day!  According to my scale, I’m down another pound – woo-hoo!  Time to update the chart:

I’m now 7 pounds away from losing 150 pounds, and 9 pounds away from reaching my next goal, which is 152 pounds, which would put my weight at an even 250.

I don’t think I’ve shared on this blog yet what my 152 pound reward is going to be, but about a month ago I decided that when I reach that goal, I’m going to the shooting range!  I wanna FIRE SOME GUNS!  I’ve only fired a gun once in my life, when I went during college to a range with my friend John, who had a few rifles.  It was a ball, although I scratched one of his rifles, and I felt bad about that, although John said it wasn’t a big deal, but I could tell that he was annoyed with me (Which reminds me, I should reconnect with John – I haven’t talked to him since I moved to LA 8 years ago).  And now, I have some good friends, Mat and Maggie, that wanna go fire some guns too, and they’re graciously waiting until I reach my goal, so we can all go together.  I’m getting there, Mat and Maggie!  Only 9 pounds to go!

Keep it up, David!

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7 Responses to How Much Fruit Can I Buy For $2?

  1. Jennifer says:

    Oh pretty please include me on your rifle range outing! I want to shoot too.

  2. Tracy says:

    Good Morning!

    I am curious about your workouts, I would love for you to sometime what you do.

    I stepped on the scale this morning and had GAINED a pound! GASP! Luckily next week was already a predetermined no alcohol, no snack week so that should get me back on track. Sometimes I have to remind myself that even the “low cal” snacks if you eat enough of them add up.

    I am not a fruit eater, I try to force myself to eat at least one piece of fresh fruit a day and succeed about 5 days a week. I’m all about the veggies though. Well, I’m also a vegetarian so I guess it goes with the territory.

    Have a great Friday!

  3. Mom says:

    You never went to riflry at Camp Michigania? Guess you were too young….too bad!!

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