I pushed my grocery cart with visions of The Stepford Wives playing before me. Many Godly women pushing their carts with a years worth of food supply in their carts. They grinned widely as they hefted boxes of canned goods in their carts labeled, "Bottom of the Cart." It is a week long event that only happens once a year. It is the greatly anticipated "Case Lot Sale."
Never in my 13 years of living in Texas did we encounter a case lot sale. After all, who would want to buy 48 cans of tuna in one shopping trip? Mormon Mommies that's who. I watched these ladies with 3, 4, or 8 children trailing behind them and their plethora of nonperishables, and I couldn't help but chuckle. This is SUCH a Utah thing. Most of these women have never lived through a disaster. I lived through 2 hurricanes. I know the importance of food storage. I stored water, packages of top ramen, and enough cereal to feed the rug rats when our local Kroger closed for 3 days during Hurricane Ike. I've seen grocery store shelves completely empty except for spam. We had a large collection of batteries and candles when the power went off for a couple of weeks. I know how to prepare for a disaster. But never once did I ever feel the need to buy 28 cans of Cream of Mushroom soup.
And then I looked at the prices for the case lot sale. It was like an illness creeping over me as I counted up the discounts. In a flash I became a Mormon Stepford Wife as I loaded my buggy with 8 bottles of apple juice and 16 cans of chilli. I may not be afraid of not having enough food storage, but I am afraid of missing out on a good deal! I'm definately in Utah.