Have you ever been to a Bent and Dent store? If you find yourself traveling into Amish Country you can bet your bottom dollar that you will happen upon one of these unique stores. You must pop in and see what I am fussing about. The stores remind me of The Island of Misfit Toys from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. You remember, it’s the place where the not so “pretty” toys end up. Poor little dears, all they wanted was to be loved. As does the box of oatmeal I purchased for a dollar. You see my oatmeal happened to be too ugly to grace a big box store shelf. Slightly imperfect but perfect for my wallet. I saved over 90 percent all because the side was dented in! How bout them apples?
Most consumers mistakenly believe that expiration dates on food indicate how safe the food is to consume, when these dates actually aren’t related to the risk of food poisoning or foodborne illness. Check out this article on CNN.com to learn more.
I used to be such a stickler for expiration dates on food. Then I became smart (chuckle) and did a little research. Did you know that most foods are absolutely fine to eat long after they reached their dreaded “expiration” date? I am not talking about fresh foods since we all know how hard it is to keep a banana for longer than two days and how quickly milk can sour. Pasta, candy, and coffee are some of the things I buy once they reach their final destination at the bent and dent shop. My aunt threw such a hissy one time about buying a pack of gum from a vending machine that was a month outdated. It’s still good! There is nothing wrong with it just like there is nothing wrong with the box of fruit snacks whose box was ripped. Fruit snacks that I purchased for a dollar. I see a dollar trend happening here. As I am writing this I am munching on a bag of granola (fresh until June) which cost $1.25. Jackpot! I do not claim to be an expert on food consumption or expiration dates so please read the CNN article I shared or do your own research to see just how wasteful we can be.
This is a picture of my loot. You can see where the boxes are slightly damaged and none of these purchases are expired. Grand total for the day was fourteen dollars (not everything I bought is shown).
Here are the candy bars I mentioned that were five for a dollar. Now I don’t know about you but there is nothing worse than paying a buck ten for a Dove bar. That’s just plain crazy! Why buy one for a dollar when I can buy 5 for a dollar? I say buy the misfits and savor every bite. I like to give myself a little pat on the back for money saving abilities.
What do you think of my goods? Have I intrigued you enough to perhaps try a bent and dent store? If so, then my work here is done. I can go on to the next mission…
Michelle Dawn is a coffee-addicted, donut-loving gal who enjoys all things Amish. When she is not immersing herself in the latest Amish fiction read, you can find her and her awesome hubby with their equally wonderful kiddos eating their way through Ohio’s Amish country. She started Destination Amish with two goals in mind: to share her love of Amish country and spread the word about Amish fiction. Destination Amish has become a popular place for many authors to visit and is known for really fabulous giveaways. Working with the motto Destination Amish…a place where books come to life…Michelle brings the pages of your favorite books to life through pictures and ramblings about consuming vast amounts of Amish pastries.
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