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Interesting question, CdeCoincy. I have gone back and forth on this very topic on a couple of occasions. While some financial planners/advisers counsel people to approach their free time as if it was a working/billable hour, I can't say that I fully agree with that philosophy any longer. At some point, it is simply unreasonable to evaluate each waking hour using the same metric. Much like peak/off-peak rates on some services/commodities, I feel that some of my hours are more valuable than others. I think it is also quite debatable if my leisure/personal time is worth as much as my work time. Strictly applying the philosophy of personal time being as valuable (money-wise) as work time, I would NEVER do anything myself, and yet I strive to be frugal and try to do almost anything myself. And, I do lots of mental calculations of the relative cost/worth of time, expenses, etc. If I was to use your calculation of personal time being 1.5 times the value of my calculated compensation per hour, I would never do anything myself, and I would never drive anywhere. That metric is simply not realistic in my case.

So, is it cheaper/worth it to drive (say, to Millburn, as I usually advocate/suggest to others) when food shopping? To me, the answer is a resounding yes. 15 minutes will get me out there, and I get to shop in an environment that I find more pleasing and civilized. 20 - 25 minutes gets me out to Wegmans, down in Woodbridge, and the selection, and prices, more than make up for the cost of gasoline there and back. If you factor in time to walk downtown, and then walk from shop to shop, I think I am coming out ahead in terms of time. And, again, in Wegmans I am shopping alongside a crowd that is much more pleasant and orderly. That has value (in terms of reduced stress, increased positive mood, etc.) Likewise, if I am doing my monthly Costco run, I drive down to Edison (25 minutes) instead of Clifton (20 minutes) because it is SO MUCH BETTER. Less people, less yelling, things are not strewn all over the place. And, I maximize that trip by hitting up Wegman's on the way back.

To better answer your question, I guess I don't have a rule of thumb per se, but I definitely try and figure out if the time driving there, along with the cost of gas, is worth the added expense. How much am I buying (50? 100? 200?) and that really drives the thought process. How do you currently do it?

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It depends on what you do in the free time. If all you do in your free time is to post on this board....

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Just curious - does anyone use a rough rule of thumb to determine if driving for groceries is more cost effective than walking to neighborhood shops? Personally, I consider my free time worth 1.5 times the equivalent of my roughly calculated hourly wage.

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Moving here again after being away for 6 years has thrown me a little. All the places I used to go in Manhattan and BRooklyn are not convenient any more, and to be honest, I can't remember most of where I used to go here in JC. I would like to avoid schleps to Western Beef and Fairway if I can help it.

Are there places people feel have good, inexpensive produce? Brooklyn has a number of 24/7/52 fruit and vegetable warehouses open to the public that I am missing already.

What about tahini? I use a lot of it, and I can't be spending $9 a jar.

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I bought corn at 10 ears for $1.99 at Corrado's yesterday, and they were quite good. USA blueberries, a pint for $.99. Good peaches $.79/lb. And for Jessica, the Corrado's in North Arlington is quite small compared to the original in Clifton, but their produce section is quite large. Prices are the same at all Corrado's locations but the selection is, of course, somewhat limited outside the flagship.


Just curious - does anyone use a rough rule of thumb to determine if driving for groceries is more cost effective than walking to neighborhood shops? Personally, I consider my free time worth 1.5 times the equivalent of my roughly calculated hourly wage.

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Moving here again after being away for 6 years has thrown me a little. All the places I used to go in Manhattan and BRooklyn are not convenient any more, and to be honest, I can't remember most of where I used to go here in JC. I would like to avoid schleps to Western Beef and Fairway if I can help it.

Are there places people feel have good, inexpensive produce? Brooklyn has a number of 24/7/52 fruit and vegetable warehouses open to the public that I am missing already.

What about tahini? I use a lot of it, and I can't be spending $9 a jar.

Thanks.


I bought corn at 10 ears for $1.99 at Corrado's yesterday, and they were quite good. USA blueberries, a pint for $.99. Good peaches $.79/lb. And for Jessica, the Corrado's in North Arlington is quite small compared to the original in Clifton, but their produce section is quite large. Prices are the same at all Corrado's locations but the selection is, of course, somewhat limited outside the flagship.

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Moving here again after being away for 6 years has thrown me a little. All the places I used to go in Manhattan and BRooklyn are not convenient any more, and to be honest, I can't remember most of where I used to go here in JC. I would like to avoid schleps to Western Beef and Fairway if I can help it.

Are there places people feel have good, inexpensive produce? Brooklyn has a number of 24/7/52 fruit and vegetable warehouses open to the public that I am missing already.

What about tahini? I use a lot of it, and I can't be spending $9 a jar.

Thanks.

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A Corrado's market has opened nearby in North Arlington, just steps above RT7-they have rhubarb this week (and cardoons, which you hardly ever see anywhere).


THis is great news. I have great admiration for the original Corrado's in Clifton but trying to shop there is virtually impossible. Hopefully the North Arlington one is less crowded. I want it to be successful, but the Clifton location is a victim of its own success.



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Hi - looking for guayaberas:
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Here you will find the store information and also you can shop from the collection of high quality imported guayaberas for men, women and children online.

You can call Huitzilli for more information 718 701 3195

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Thank you, thank you, thank you all!!!!!

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by 7thstreeter on 2013/6/20 16:30:41

Tender Shoot on Newark Ave usually has them but as with some of their produce, you have to make sure it isn't rotting already.

Maybe also try the grocer on Grove and First (I think it's First St, across from the soul food restaurant).


Spanish Grocer is on corner of Bay and Grove, not First. I'm pretty sure I've seen poblano peppers in their producer section.

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Supremo usually has them. Also C-Town on Central Ave.

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I ended up getting them at Carmen's, on Chesnut Street in Union. I highly recommend them.

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Supremo on Palisade has all kinds of peppers.

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Twin City on Sip Ave in the Journal Square area usually has them.

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Also the one on Garfield, they usually have a nice selection.

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Tender Shoot on Newark Ave usually has them but as with some of their produce, you have to make sure it isn't rotting already.

Maybe also try the grocer on Grove and First (I think it's First St, across from the soul food restaurant).

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Twin City on Sip Ave in the Journal Square area usually has them.

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Anybody know of a market in JC (farmers markets in the parks perhaps? going to look there next chance I have to make it) or hob/bay/UC/Not too far, that sells Poblano Peppers?

Not the dried 'ancho' versions, they are all over, but I'm looking for fresh poblanos for a recipe/experiment.

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Can anyone recommend a local bakery that makes their own hot dog rolls?

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A Corrado's market has opened nearby in North Arlington, just steps above RT7-they have rhubarb this week (and cardoons, which you hardly ever see anywhere).

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One of the produce vendors (closer to Grove) at the Grove PATH Farmer's Market had bunches of fresh rhubarb on Monday, the entire stalk, leaves and all - BUT you can't eat the leaves.

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Anyone seen fresh rhubarb somewhere?

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Awesome! Thanks guys, I'll try Choc O Pain first.

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Can anybody recommend a place to buy brioche buns?


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I think Cho O Pain has Brioche buns (if I'm thinking of the thing as what you're looking for).

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Can anybody recommend a place to buy brioche buns?

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Go to a latino grocery/bodega and ask if they have tunas.

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Does anyone know where I can get prickly pears in JC? I had seen them in Shoprite before but they don't have them now.

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You should have no prob getting paneer from the Indian markets near JSQ....but if in a pinch....farmers cheese is very similar in taste and texture to paneer.

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great, thanks! I've had such a persistent hankering for palak paneer, so I'll make some this weekend.

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