More and more Americans are being hit with higher grocery store bills, and it’s not all due to rising gas prices leading to an increase in transportation costs.
No, you aren’t seeing things when you browse through the “new low prices” sign at the grocery store — those “low prices” really aren’t lower than what they have been. In many cases, those “new low prices” are just a highlight of “hey, we don’t charge as much for this as the other guy is, but it’s still a higher price than you’re used to paying”.
College students are notoriously cheap. They’re already living in expensive (for them) housing, likely with three or more roommates, and they’re doing everything they can to minimize their living costs. Pizza, while tasty, isn’t good for you health-wise.
Eating out at a restaurant — even at a fast food restaurant — can be frustrating at times.
Ever have this conversation at work or with your friends/family?
“So, you want to go out for lunch?”
“Okay, then where do you want to go?”
Look – you’re the one who said “let’s go out”, so why not try to have an idea or two in your head about some place to head out to? Why do you always leave the suggesting up to one person who may not have wanted to decide themselves anyway?
Ordering dessert at a restaurant is sometimes a fool’s errand.
$6 for a scoop of ice cream that you can buy by the carton at the supermarket for $4? A “molten lava cake”? They’re not that hard to make if the contestants on FOOD NETWORK’S WORST COOKS IN AMERICA can make one.
So it’s no wonder that restaurant desserts have some of the highest markup of almost anything on the menu. And no wonder why many restaurants think nothing of serving up a giant slice of chocolate cake for free on your birthday.
Ah, the quest for the absolutely perfect cup of coffee. It’s what Starbucks has built their reputation on, as has Keurig, Dunkin Donuts, McDonalds, and any number of locally-owned coffee shops around the country.
Songs have been written, one would think, about the quest. Certainly, coffee played a major part in the writing of said songs.
People often don’t complain about a dirty restaurant.
“I’ll bet that our kitchen at home is dirtier than a restaurant kitchen is, so why worry about it?” is a oft-cited statement. And while that may be true, you’re at least aware of what is or isn’t dirty and take steps to recitify that before you dine.
If you didn’t care about this cleanliness perception, then why do you bother to clean your house before guests arrive? Why polish the silver or wipe down the haze from the glassware?
Exactly – you really are concerned about whether your home kitchen is clean, you just don’t want to admit it.
If there’s one thing that you should make note of, it’s the FOOD SAFETY INSPECTION notices that are posted in your local restaurants.
There are only two reasons why an Inspection Score is not posted: the manager forgot to do so, or the score is embarrassing to the owner/manager.
The former is seldom likely to happen, as not having the score posted itself is a violation to be noted on the next review. The latter is more the case. Some locations do everything they can to hide a low score from being visible to the inquiring public, from placing it far away behind a counter – visible, but not readable; to placing it behind other paperwork on the wall – also visible, but obscured.
We do know of one fast-food chain location that was so proud of their “100 out of 100” score that they made a 2′ x 3′ poster of the inspection and placed it at the front door. No hiding from that.