Last night’s meal was salmon cakes. Honestly, I was not looking forward to making this meal. Was it because I don’t like salmon cakes? No, I do. Was it because this meal takes a long time to prepare and cook. No, it’s rather easy. The reason why I was dreading this meal was because of the can of salmon.
I knew what was waiting for me inside that little can. Bones. Skin. Yuck! You know what I mean. It’s basically a whole, complete fish just shoved into a can….waiting for you. Am I the only one who is grossed out by this?
I do know that you can buy salmon pouches that have no scary things waiting for you. So why don’t I buy those instead of the can? The stupid price difference that’s why. A can of salmon is like $3.79 for 12 ounce. The pouch is like $2.50 for 4 ounce. So yea, I have to buy three to equal the same size as the can. Which is like more than double the price of the stinkin’ whole-fish-in-the-can! So, I ask you…is it worth it?
I play this ‘is it worth it’ game all the time at the grocery store. For example, whole mushrooms verse sliced mushrooms. The whole ones are like a whopping $.10 cheaper. So, you’d think for a dime I would save time cutting and get the pre-sliced, right? Nope. Not me. I can slice my own mushrooms thank you very much. And I will keep my ten cents!
But a difference of over $3.00 in the fish department and I am in turmoil. You don’t know how long I stood in that isle. Can of fish in one hand, pouch in the other. Waiting. Debating. Hoping that a cashier would come by and say, “Oh, we forget to mark the pouches on sale today. 10 for $1.00.” Woo hoo! Yes! No scary fish for me!
But no, that didn’t happen.
Pasta sauce, however, is an example of something that I am willing to buy even though I know it would cost less to make it from scratch. I wait for the perfect storm (coupons and sales) and stock up. To me, it is worth it to pull some sauce out of the pantry and make a quick, good tasting meal in record time. And really, I don’t think I could make a home made, simmered for hours sauce that would taste any better.
Am I alone? Am I the only one who plays the ‘is it worth it’ game when purchasing products?
I am telling you right now, that the next time salmon cakes appears on the menu I will be over this silly dilemma. I will walk up to that can of salmon with confidence and say, ‘I am a strong woman and your slimy skin and little bones don’t scare me.’
But that would be a lie. I am pretty certain I will still be that woman holding a can in one hand, pouch in the other. Wondering. Is it worth it?