There are still a few things I buy at Walmart, despite everything. Most of them are things I can't find elsewhere, or things that are SUCH A GOOD DEAL I CAN'T STAND IT. For example, Paul goes through more pickle relish than you would believe, and it costs $2 per regular-sized container, but Walmart had an industrial size (a gallon, I think) for $3.50. (Our Walmart doesn't have that anymore, in case you are a relish lover who is already putting on your coat and getting your purse.)
Another is imitation vanilla extract. I use real vanilla too, but I'd just as soon use the imitation stuff in certain things, like flavoring Vanilla Sugar Milk (a "recipe" my brother and I came up with in childhood, which is adding sugar and vanilla to...well, to milk). I also use it in recipes that call for a TON of it: I have a no-bake cookie recipe that uses 1 TABLESPOON of vanilla, and that just seems like a whole heck-ton more vanilla than any recipe needs, so I use 1 teaspoon of real and 2 teaspoons of fake.
ANYWAY, Walmart carries an 8-ounce bottle of fake vanilla extract for 99 cents. That is CHEAP, my friend: our grocery store has a 2-ounce bottle of fake and it costs $2.00. Walmart, 13 cents an ounce; grocery store, $1.00 an ounce. The last few times I've been there, though, they haven't had it. (This is another way in which Walmart drives me nuts: great prices, but then no stock for months on end.)
So today I was feeling frustrated about that, and frustrated with my inability to find it anywhere else at a price that didn't make me feel like throwing a tantrum. That's when it occurred to me to check Amazon. And look what I found:
A 3-pack of 32-ounce bottles! For $16.54! That's 17 cents per ounce! Only 4 cents/ounce more than Walmart's store brand, and this is brand name!
Well, sure, that is a LOT of vanilla flavoring, but it doesn't seem to go bad and I do go through a lot of it. Plus, it keeps me from having to keep checking Walmart for it; it keeps me from having to buy it for $1.00/ounce from the grocery store in the meantime; and it helps me with my goal of reducing the number of things I buy at Walmart.
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