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At my grocery store, the cost for prewashed bagged spinach is an incredible $11.99 per pound. The salad bar just a few steps away has the same spinach or salad mix for only $4.99 a pound. The added benefit is I can buy exactly what I need, so nothing goes to waste.


By Bobbie G from Rockwall, TX

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July 14, 20060 found this helpful

We only have one store in our town with a salad bar. The store's prices are high so I usually don't shop there but have on occasion stopped in specifically to fix up a tossed salad for dinner. You are right, you buy just what you need, no leftovers to go bad. I am sick of buying those bags of salad that don't last any time at all. I think they are so long in transit, that is why....but if I buy one of those bags and probably only use half before it turns all brown and mushy. Sometimes too I just buy a bag of the shredded lettuce as I love it for tacos, sandwiches and it's fine for salad too.

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By Virginia (Guest Post)
July 14, 20060 found this helpful

It may not be the most cost effective way, but many times I am cooking for 2 and we have a lot of waste.


So I like to go to the salad bar for celery, onions, and carrots. I chop them up and sauté them for use in almost anything. This way I don't have a bunch of carrots or half an onion going bad in the fridge.

When I do want to save money, I will pick up everything but lettuce from the salad bar, then buy a head of romaine, when I get home I only have to wash and tear up the lettuce then open the salad bar container into it. This way I am not paying salad bar prices for lettuce and I dont have a lot of things to spoil.

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By T (Guest Post)
July 14, 20060 found this helpful

Hi, Just wondering where do you live that spinach is 11.99 a pound? That is insane! Bagged organic spinach does not even cost that much (if one can find it) but the regular spinach is usually around 3.00 a pound and I am in NJ. Not a cheap state at all. That would make me change my choice of greens big time.


And I agree on the salad bars. I don't think the supermarket here has one ( I moved to another town last month) but I used to get them where I was for 4.99 a pound. It was great when I felt too lazy to make it or really just too broke to afford what I wanted.

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July 14, 20060 found this helpful

My husband and I go camping at a KOA with a supermarket within walking distance. We walk over there in the morning and get lunch and dinner ingredients. We get chopped veggies, shredded cheese, dressing for dipping, vinaigrette for marinades, precooked chicken for quick tacos, crab salad for sandwiches, etc, right off of the salad bar. Nothing more than what we need with no waste or prep... Prewashed spinach is $6.00 to $8.00 a pound here in Northern Indiana....

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July 15, 20060 found this helpful

here there is the option of buying canned greens like turnip greens & of course, spinich


- the glory brand ,branned canned goods
i thought it was amazing because when i was little my grandma had me help her cut greens sometimes, collard, turnip, & some other ones i have forgotten about

i don't know about your preference of canned vs fresh when it comes to greens but it is at least an alternative - especially when such things are considered off season & are usually alot more expensive

i was sometimes finding bags of fresh lettuce in the markdown bin for only .25c a bag - so would eat some of it as soon as i got home that day from shopping
the next day it would start to rust -

i think that for $11.99 a lb. i would find alot of alot better things to eat !
(or do without!)

just like when cottage cheese gets to be $2.79 a carton - we eat something else !
cottage cheese is another thing we can live without !
(thank goodness!)

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