I usually wait for the last minute to do my Pesach shopping. This year is different since my middle daughter, who is the “chef” in my family will be going to Florida with friends this Pesach so it all up to me; shopping, cooking, and buying takeout. I started by scanning the Spice & Spirit Pesach cookbook and created a shopping list and a spreadsheet to track and to plan my Pesach needs and costs.
I begin with the following philosophies –
(1) "It is only one week". Should actually be your mantra.
(2) Buy only what you need, no more!
(3) Shop only after a BIG meal.
This Wednesday’s Newsday had a Passover supplement from Foodtown with what looked to be excellent prices for Passover items. I went last night shopping at Brachs, with the Foodtown ad in hand, and figured I might as well start to shop. Brachs matched and in many cases beat every one of Foodtown’s prices. I then went to Keyfood, almost all prices were higher. Today I went to the Pesach store at Gourmet Glatt. Very well stocked, should be, it is a Pesach only store after all, but all the items that I already bought from Brachs were higher at Gourmet Glatt. I did buy some of the more exotic items that Barchs didn’t carry, not much, maybe $14 worth.
Lesson learned. Start your shopping at Brachs then go elseware for what Brachs didn’t carry. Brachs never disappoints, their prices are at the very least reasonable and then some. As an example, Keyfood’s matzos (machine, no Shmura matzos here) were $10+. Costco was selling Yehuda matzos, 5lb for $8.50, Brachs was charging $5.99 for them.
... and let the shopping begin!