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Bargains! Bargains! Bargains!
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Yesterday I needed a few small items of food (skim milk, eggs) and some doggie treats for Snowy, so I headed down to IGA. As I entered the store I thought "I wonder if they have any farmhouse cheddar today" - they don't usually - and hit the deli section. They didn't have any cheddar, but a label caught my eye. 125g King Island Dairy Camenbert, reduced to clear - down from $10.80 to $5.50. No wait....

The deli owner was bashing away on items with the label maker. I showed her the packet. "Does that really say $2.00?"

"Yes," she said. "I have to warn you that it expires today."

"It's cheese! It'll keep for ages in the fridge."

She laughed. "I know, but jf I don't sell it today I have to give it to my pigs."

"Lucky pigs." I looked at the racks of cheeses. "I will have to disappoint them."

So I picked up:
3 x 125g King Island Dairy Camenbert @ $2.00 each (Down from $10.50)
3 x 125g King Island Dairy Triple Cream Brie @ $2.00 each (Down from $12 each)
4 x 200g King Island Dairy blue-vein brie @ $2.00 (Down from $12 ea)
6 tubs sliced olives in mild chilli-flavoured oil @ 50c each (down from $5 each)

$133.50 worth of cheese and olives for $21

I love cheese, and yet I have never had so much cheese in my fridge at one time.

I gave Mum some of the camenberts and bries. She'd not so keen on the blue cheese.

In the mid 80s I lived in Sydney and had to commute to Wynyard Station. Every afternoon a fellow would get into the carriage, find a seat, then reach into his bag and pull out two slices of bread. Then he'd pull from the bag a small wheel of camenbert, and put it between the slices. The whole wheel, unsliced. And then he'd eat it. I was always amazed by this.

My lunch for the foreseeable future will be slices of brie (or camenbert) and olive sandwiches.

I feel so decadent! And yet, cheap.

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Oh, my goodness, and also YUM!

I'm so happy for you!
That happens at our grocery store sometimes and it's the best!

You should give thanks you live across the great big pond. Otherwise it might become the mysterious disappearing cheese. :D

Edited at 2015-03-07 03:10 am (UTC)

It's 11pm now… and I want a grilled cheese sandwich!

All hail the Great Goddess Bargainia!

Seriously, that was a steal. I'm not fond of either runny or blue cheeses myself (or olives, for that matter), but I'm happy for you.

Cheeeeese, Gromit!


Edited at 2015-03-07 12:07 pm (UTC)

I recall you telling me that story about the guy with his whole wheels of camenbert, as we were at the Thirlmere museum sitting in one of the heritage carriages that the actual trips may well have taken place in.

It still makes me laugh even now.

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