A Tale of Two Prices & a Birthday Wish

Last night Paul did our weekly food shopping. As you may know, we cannot shop at our beloved Market Basket because the whole drama of what’s going on there has not been resolved yet. So we, their faithful customers, are having to shop elsewhere for our groceries. There is a Stop & Shop only up the street from us so that is where we go now.

I don’t, as a rule, save my sales slips from stores, so, unfortunately, I don’t have old ones to compare with these I am getting from Stop & Shop. But I thought I’d just look on last night’s slip and see if I could find any comparison prices with those of the same item from Market Basket. I found only one I could show you, and here it is. Pure Vanilla Extract – McCormack’s:

Showing the Market Basket sticker price:

I was running low on vanilla, which I use quite a bit since I started making Paul’s homemade cookies as well as ice cream every week. The last time I bought vanilla was from Market Basket and, as you can see, the price was $8.99 for this large 16 oz. bottle.

Here, you can see the difference between the Market Basket 16 oz. size and the tiny little 2 oz size Paul got from Stop & Shop last night.

The price for the Market Basket vanilla was $8.99 for 16 oz.

The price for the Stop & Shop vanilla was $7.89 for 2 oz.

Now where would YOU rather shop if you had the choice?

I wish I had more to compare and show you but I don’t. I only have that one item that still had the price sticker from Market Basket on it, and I don’t keep my receipts from past purchases.

But suffice it to say that this is a perfect example of why we love MB and why we will bite the bullet and dig into our food budget pockets and shop elsewhere for our food – until Market Basket is returned to it’s former CEO, Arthur T. DeMoulas.

If that never happens, and the Board of Directors and current CEO, Arthur S. DeMoulas, do not do the right thing and continue in their efforts to win this fight at all costs, including firing any employee next Monday who does not report in for work, well, then, we are going to have to do some serious food-store-searching and I may even have to resort to clipping coupons! (Oh no!)

I hate clipping coupons. I used to do it occasionally when I did the shopping myself, back in the physically-fit days of me, but I know that is not something that Paul will embrace. It’s hard enough for him to continually do the weekly food shopping as it is, just concentrating on the list of items I give him and trying his level best to get everything on that list. He was never a shopper and so this is all fairly new to him since I handed over the reigns of being the Food-Shopper-in-Chief for this household.

We are hoping the headlines about Market Basket won’t die down and that people don’t forget about this problem. This is affecting so many people in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire/Maine areas where the 71 Market Basket stores are located… even down to the farmers whose main customer has been Market Basket and who are now having to sell their product at half the price, if they can sell it at all. All the vendors who are protesting this Market Basket take-over are suffering, as are we, their faithful customers. I just wish this would come to a good resolution, that the Board of Directors sees the light and consents to sell the remainder of the business back to Arthur T., and that the stores we love can get back to normal again. That is my wish.

That’s about it from here. The weather here has turned unbelievably lovely – sunny and almost cool – at the end of July! Unheard of.

Today is my ex’s birthday too, so I want to take this opportunity to just say a heartfelt

Happy Birthday, Bill!

to him today. Let’s see, I think he’d be 67 today… yes. Wow. Sixty seven! Where did the years go? Here’s a little shot of us taken 44 years ago… when Life was all ahead of us and the world was ours for the taking:

wedding1970

Probably my favorite picture of Bill:

Bill P Marblehead

Many Happy Returns of the Day, old friend.

Bill receiving award recently.

(Click on photos for story and HERE for more of his story.)

And a good day to all of you, new and old friends here!

Cheers,

Bex & Co.

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12 Responses to A Tale of Two Prices & a Birthday Wish

  1. TopsyTurvy says:

    DH says that the Sox pitchers were all going to be free agents very shortly, so the Sox traded them so they could get some money out of their leaving.

    Now it makes sense.

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  2. Bex says:

    Oh, and just for the record, the Red Sox, in all their infinite (?) wisdom, just traded their star (and probably only really good) pitcher, Jon Lester, to the Oakland Athletics (in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes) Way to go, Boston! I am just sitting here like a Bex-Bobble-Head – shaking my head back and forth, back and forth… wondering what in the world they are thinking…

    Update: Our 2nd best pitcher, John Lackey, has now just been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. What is going on??? My head is spinning…

    Our less-than-stellar pitcher, Jake Peavy, was also traded the other day to the S.F. Giants…

    oh, and now I see we have traded one of our better relief pitchers, Andrew Miller, to Baltimore Orioles! As Reenie would say: Gaaaahhh!

    And now! Just heard our shortstop Stephen Drew (to whom I am happy to wave goodbye) has been traded to none other than the dreaded Yankees! WooHoo! Have fun with him Yanks! He’s a big stinker of a hitter – good defensive player, but crap in offense… total crap.

    I’m glad I have just learned to love watching golf!

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  3. Bex says:

    Thanks guys. You know? There is a lot behind the scenes about my fairly short (6 years) first marriage that was very painful and dramatic (it would actually make a great miniseries!), and there was abuse of a kind, more mental abuse than anything, but I am trying very hard to keep it inside and to myself, for the most part, as I don’t believe in ruining someone’s life for personal gratification. He has done well for himself and people would be surprised if the whole (true) story were told, but at this late date, that won’t be from me. Live and let live… that’s what I’m going on these days.

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  4. It is heart warming to hear of such respectful relations with an ex-partner! It has always amazed me, that this can happen, as I am with Eric, and would stick needles through photos of my ex, LOL.

    I hope the old style of business wins with your Market Basket issue, and I hope that that type of humane profit making returns to our way of life i North America.

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  5. Eric Mayer says:

    I see Bill still has the same smile but the hairs a little different style. If I had any photos of my ex I’d stick needles through them, for starters.

    I have been watching for Market Basket news but haven’t seen any. It would be great if management that treats workers decently would win for a change. That never seems to happen.

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  6. nina says:

    It’s cool to have a heart full of good wishes toward your ex. I have that too, toward mine. Being on friendly terms with someone who was once your partner (so long as there wasn’t abuse in your history) is I think a great way to recognize the value of others in your life, even when they are no longer part of your life.

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  7. sandy freel says:

    really bad the price from small to big…I do hope they open back up soon.
    Nice photo of you and Bill

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  8. Irene Bean says:

    We have only one grocery store on the mountain and it’s dreadful and silly expensive. GRRRR.

    The price comparison is shocking! Good heavens!

    I could shop off the mountain, but with the cost of gasoline and wear on my old car – my choices are nil.

    Hope MB returns soon with all conflict taken care of.

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  9. Bex says:

    Thanks Karen… haha! Healthy? Yes, I guess I was back then… but I was only 22 years old… isn’t everyone pretty healthy at that young age?

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  10. Karen DiCicco says:

    What a wonderful picture of you and first hubby. You look so healthy Bex.

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  11. Bex says:

    Exactly what I was thinking Harriet! Online… I do shop there for various things these days that I never would have thought of shopping for previously. Like plastic bags… you can get a bargain (especially if you have amazn prime membership with free shipping) if you buy several of each item at one time. So thanks for the reminder… I am going there now.

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  12. l'empress says:

    McCormick’s is always the most expensive of the extracts and spices. Considering how much vanilla you use — I do approve — you might want to see if you could get a better deal online.

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