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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Frugal in France: Carrot Lady

I can't help it. I am observant of consumer behavior. Perhaps this is because my father studied that behavior through focus groups and the like--similar to a character in Madmen last season. Anyway, I enjoy watching for fellow-frugalites.

I also can't help noticing frugal opportunities, even if I cannot take advantage. Yesterday, I spotted 2 kilo bags of carrots for 1 euro! Think of all the grated carrots (so beloved by the French) you could make. Well, Mr FS and I could not make use of so many carrots, since very few days remain for us.

As usual, there was a hold-up on the line. French people don't get annoyed by this, so I stifled my eye-rolling tendencies. The tiny old woman behind us, dressed in a country housedress, had a small package of meat, a tiny half baguette, and that giant bag of carrots. A frugal soulmate.

I asked Mr FS in a whisper to check out the cut of meat she had selected: it was labelled pet food. I squinted and noted that the package consisted of bony ends and bits of what seemed to be beef. I wonder if she will be cooking up some broth for herself in addition to some for her pet.

I hope she enjoys those carrots too.

Have you witnessed any frugal behavior of late?


une femme said...

I tend to notice the opposite in the market: carts stacked high with junk food, or cases of beer!

But I'll admit I'm often so lost in my own thoughts when I'm grocery shopping (just trying to get it done and get out of there!) that I'm not a good observer.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Deja--I notice that too! People in the South buy bags and bags of sugar, for instance.

Duchesse said...

I am just marching up and asking if there are seniors' discounts- everywhere. You'd be surprised how many places offer them but do not publicize.

Shelley said...

I'm afraid I generally see the opposite at the supermarket: tons of convenience and junk food.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Duchesse--You go, girl! Next year. MR FS will qualify for senior rates in France!

@Shelley--I see all that stuff too, of course, but I enjoy scoping out my frugal buddies.