If you’re like me, there are certain foods at a grocery store that you’d LOVE to be able to buy all the time. My vice tends to be bakery foods (cakes, pies, cookies, etc.), and the store-made ones are often the best – and the priciest.
For example: at my local food-for-less, a box of 12 cuts of lemon pound cake (my favorite) costs $3.98. Realistically, if I were to buy a box of cake and make it myself it would cost less – but again, their cakes are pretty good. I just don’t want to pay that much for them.
However, as certain foods get closer to the expiration date… well, the foods are TECHNICALLY still good. It just becomes harder to sell them – and the last thing a store wants is to have to get rid of merchandise that is still edible if they don’t have to.
And that, my friends, is how the “Manager’s Special” sticker was born!
For those of you not familiar with the “Manager’s Special,” it’s the sticker they place on very-soon-to-be-expired food that is placed over the original sticker. It has the same expiration date as the original sticker… along with a very, VERY generous discount so that people will want to buy it.
That cake I was talking about earlier? I walked all the way to the back of the store near the entrance to the “employees only” doors (where they keep a rack of “Manager’s Specials” baked good items) and found the same cakes – set to expire the next day – for $1.99! I ended up saving half my darn money on a cake that was STILL in good condition!
So, the next time you go shopping and are thinking about buying some food, check and see if you can find the ones with the “Manager’s Special” stickers on them. You’ll get a HUGE discount on your grocery bill, and you can always extend the life of these foods by putting them in the freezer!
Ah, the “Manager’s Special” sticker placed on almost expired food… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!
-Aaron P. Taylor`