Ramen Economics at the Kroger
Inexplicably, people just aren’t buying anti-Bush bumper stickers like they used to, and with my budget pretty tight lately my menu has shifted toward ramen noodles. Last week at my neighborhood Kroger grocery here in Columbus, I noticed an “everyday low price” of 15 cents for one packet of Maruchan ramen noodles:
Usually, when a person buys something like ramen in bulk, they get a discount, but at this Kroger you pay a penny more to get a six-pack of the exact same noodles:
As Ben used to say, a penny saved is a penny earned, so I picked up individual packs and walked down to the end of the aisle, where I saw the following “special”:
Oh, darn, I left my plus card at home! $2.89 for a 12-pack of ramen? That’s 24 cents a package. Is this Kroger’s idea of a stupid tax?
This week, the same Kroger grocery has a big sign offering discounts on individual packages of Ramen:
I guess I’ll have to wait to stock up until after the sale is over and the price has dropped back down to 15 cents.