March 21st, 2009

The $3 Tomato

Yesterday I unwittingly paid $3 for a tomato and all I can say is WTF? It was not a particularly large tomato, nor was it small--pretty medium-sized I would say. It was an Ugly Ripe tomato, which are the ones I usually buy if they're available because they often *are* vine-ripened and thus taste much better than the usual supermarket cardboard ones. But when did they start charging $5 a pound for them?!!! Is it just me, or is that a pretty outrageous price?

The scary thing is I have to wonder how many other $3 tomatoes I've bought without noticing? (And I must note here that I am not currently in a financial position to be paying $3 for a tomato.) I only noticed the price of this one because I only bought three things at the store yesterday: a bottle of OJ, which I know to be $5, some light bulbs, which I happened to notice were $2, and the tomato. So I was a little surprised when the tab was $10. Because, really, I was thinking that a single tomato would be something under a dollar. I am very bad with numbers, though, and if I had been buying all the ingredients for dinner, or even if I had just added two or three other items that I didn't know the exact price of, I probably wouldn't have noticed the $3 for the tomato. Which leads me to think that this had been going on for some time, a sort of stealth drain on my already straightened circumstances. Good grief!