Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

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Not Ebola.

Posted on | October 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

So it was Super Double Coupons at Harris Teeter.  Which is about the only time I step foot into the Teeter.  ‘Cause the Food Lion is more my economic style.  But when Teeter is willing to double coupons up to $2.00 face value, it catches my attention.  We don’t have a Teeter in my town so sometimes the savings isn’t worth the gas money.  As fate would have it, though, we had dentist appointments across the street from the Teeter on the same day that the Super Doubles started.  Of course, I knew the freebies would be picked over by the time we arrived in the late afternoon.  Apparently, people are waiting at the doors on the morning of the sale to clean out the Super Doubles freebies.  But by arriving at 4:30pm I would get some free items as well as a free afternoon snack for all the kids.  The Teeter leaves out free samples of cheese, fruit, luncheon meat, and cookies everyday.  Suckers.

I was happy with the savings.  We spent $31.23 and saved $84.24 in coupons.  It was the usual assortment of items we would never buy unless they were free or under $.50.  Like the Hormel Corned Beef Hash which Big loves for breakfast but leaves the house smelling like wet cat food at 6:30am.  The GoGoSqueeze apple strawberry applesauce that has already been rejected in 3 out of 4 lunchboxes.  The OIKOS Chocolate on Top Raspberry Truffle Greek yogurt which does not, disappointingly, taste like a chocolate bar.  As well as some useful items like Lance Variety packs of snack crackers, Pepperidge Farm frozen garlic bread, McCormick cinnamon, McCormick parsley flakes, and Mueller’s pasta.

Which brings me to the entire point of this post.

Mueller’s pasta.

While we were picking out our free Hidden Veggie Mueller’s Spaghetti, I saw this:

I was confused.  What was pot-sized spaghetti?  I looked closer for the details:

Pot-Sized™ Pasta

You’ve waited too long for pasta this short. With Pot-Sized™ Pasta, we’ve taken our delicious, traditional pasta and cut it in half so it fits into the pot straight out of the box. Now you don’t have to break it, or deal with the mess.

Pot-Sized™ Pasta comes in a pantry-friendly, top-opening box for easy storage. And despite its cute size, each box still contains a full pound of pasta.

Enjoy Pot-Sized™ Pasta in new recipes from Mueller’s Pasta as well as all of your old favorites!

Um, what????!!!

I haven’t been waiting at all for pot-sized pasta.  BECAUSE I JUST BREAK IT MYSELF.  Or, if I’m really feeling lazy, I drop the spaghetti in the boiling water, wait a few minutes for the submerged half to get soft, and then use the slotted spoon to push it in the rest of the way.

Besides, the pot-sized pasta COST MORE THAN THE REGULAR PASTA.

$.75 MORE PER BOX!!!!!

WHY, AMERICA, WHY?????????????

I stood there in shock, looking around to see if anyone else noticed this abomination.

But, no, people were strolling the aisle calmly.  No one took notice as the kids and I stood there, gasping and exclaiming over the pasta products.

Is it just me?

I mean, I get it, people.  You don’t want to own goats in order to get milk.  You don’t want to own chickens to get eggs.  You don’t want to grow your own lettuce or spinach or bell peppers.  Excellent!  People who buy those products are supporting farmers.

But why would you pay Mueller’s $.75 to break your pasta for you?  Why??????!!!!!!

Ebola might scare the rest of you.  But Mueller’s Pot Sized Pasta is what’s keeping me awake at night.

(shudder.)

Comments

3 Responses to “Not Ebola.”

  1. DFW
    October 17th, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    It’s all marketing with the stupid people (or sheeple as some call them). People really don’t do their research. How much longer does it actually save in their already hectic live to break freaking pasta?

  2. Jill
    October 18th, 2014 @ 4:48 am

    Marketing seems to be the answer to all the “why?” questions these days… I, too, did not know I was waiting for this .. Breaking pasta is at least half the fun of making spaghetti. Cracking the seal on the sauce is the other half! Maybe they will start selling us spaghetti with the sauce already “cooked” in!! And take away more fun; I bet that’s good for an extra $1.50 per box… Now that mean is not economical from either Teeter or Lion… :)

  3. Lisa Dumain
    November 6th, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

    Am I the only person who doesn’t break spaghetti? It’s about the twirling. Use a bigger pot, people!!

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