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The Pop-Tart Conundrum


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Of late, I have been experiencing a yen for Pop-Tarts. Not just any Pop-Tarts, mind you. I need the blueberry frosted flavor, lightly toasted, and eaten with a glass of ice cold milk on the side.

The problem with this yen is that Pop-Tarts are a nutritional wasteland and they come in boxes of eight. Were I to purchase a package of the delicious treat, I would end up eating far more of them than I really want, just because they are there. (Mountain climbing and Pop-Tart eating have a great deal in common as far as I can tell).

Thankfully, the Village Pantry just down the street offers my Pop-Tart preference in a 2 Tart pack that costs all of $0.99.

Over the past month, I have made three stops at the VP in order to satisfy my Tart yen, thus keeping my home free of extraneous treats and my yen satisfied at the time that I feel it.

However, as I ate my third set of Pop-Tarts this morning, I found myself wondering if there could be a better way. A package of 8 Pop Tarts costs a mere $2.49 at our local grocery store (and much less when on sale), so I am grossly overpaying for my yen when I have it. But were I to purchase the treat in bulk, I would be unable to wait for the yen to appear before finishing the box. It's a quandary.

So, I believe I've come up with a revolutionary way to buy in bulk and still see the savings: an official food hider!

I tend to be out-of-sight-out-of-mind when it comes to food, but I'm lousy at hiding things from myself. So, if I were to hire someone to hide my treats from me, and who would provide me with said treats when I actually want them, rather than simply when I am bored and the delicious Tarts are staring me in the face, then I would be able to enjoy the best of both worlds. Low-cost bulk purchases and only eating nutritional wasteland foods at appropriate times. I suspect I would have to provide some sort of password in order to get the treats from my food hider so I could show that I'm serious about my yen for delicious goodness.

The only problem with this plan is the fact that I would probably spend a great deal more money hiring and employing said food hider than I could possibly save by buying in bulk.

So, if there is anyone who would be willing to be my unpaid food hider, just give me a ring! I can thank you for your service with free Pop-Tarts.



haverwench said:

I take it J is not willing to take on this job? Perhaps in exchange for a share of said tarts?

OK, then, here's an alternative idea. I, too, have a very hard time resisting junk food when it's available—but in order for it to be available, the package has to be open. A package of peppermint sandwich cookies, bought on sale at the Aldi, has been sitting untouched in our pantry for weeks now, because as long as it's still sealed I can consider it off limits. So, my suggestion: buy a full box of Pop-Tarts, and then when you get it home, immediately seal the lid shut with duct tape. That way, in order to eat them, you have to want them enough to get out the scissors and cut through that duct tape to get at the tarts.

A strip of duct tape costs only a few cents, so that's much cheaper than paying 99 cents a pop (pardon the pun) to satisfy your tart habit.

March 1, 2013 4:28 PM

frugal_fun said:

I'm of the mind that attempting saving money for food related treats is a bad idea. High cost and relatively unavailability slows down consumption. All good things as far as Pop Tarts are concerned. ;) We throw away old/unwanted treats because I just plain old don't apply frugal principals to non-food.  

March 4, 2013 8:19 PM

Live Like a Mensch said:

Here we are at the fourth and final event of the Frugal Olympics: Making Your Own Convenience Food To

February 27, 2014 4:13 PM

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