The real thing

19 Aug

When I was a kid, I swore that when I grew up, my house would stock only brand names.  From  frozen vegetables to pretzels, the Food King Brand was banished.  I would be strictly Birds Eye and Toll House and Coca Cola.  You can see where this is headed.

And it’s not even due to the economic downturn.  We have been a Food King household since long before the recession.  “There’s nothing wrong with Food King: it’s got King right in the name.  If the products were inferior, they would be called Food Jester, right?”

That’s what I tell my son when he tells me that he had “real” Oreos at his friend’s house.

It’s just that I refuse to spend more for, say, rice because there is a picture of a man who is not my Uncle on the label.  No matter what brand, there’s still one ingredient: rice.  One company’s rice is no better than another’s.  Likewise for cat litter, paper napkins, potato chips, brownie mix, rubbing alcohol, cotton balls, baking soda, sugar, seltzer and so on.

Sure, we all have our “no compromise” items: pure maple syrup, Breyer’s ice cream, Tom’s of Maine toothpaste, Ritz crackers.  These are the “enjoy because they were on sale and I had a coupon” items.

I bought my refrigerator from the Sear’s Scratch and Dent Outlet, my purse at the Salvation Army and my pants were handed down from a friend who lost weight (some friend- would it kill her to say that the pants “no longer fit?”)

My shoes, however, are from Betsey Johnson.  Full price- had to have them- glorious.

I’m not eating Food King unless I get to be Shoe Queen.

One Response to “The real thing”

  1. Jonathan Broder August 27, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    Firmly committed to not skimping on toilet paper, paper towels, and orange juice, but still a big fan of FA&S.

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