Ask the audience: What would you splurge on?

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

If you had an extra $50 to spend on groceries, what would you spend it on?  Now, I’m not talking about stocking up or anything- I’m talking about fun stuff. Me, I’d buy some fab cheese and some super expensive salt like Claudia has. Well, an extra $50 might not cover Claudia’s salt, but I’d get something good.

What about you?

BTW, Home Eccers- I will continue my spring cleaning series later this week. I’m having some health issues right now but I’m going to the doctor tomorrow and hope we can get this cleared up so I can sit down at the computer and write! 


  1. Sarah on March 19, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Oh yumm…I would probably…oh gosh, I can’t decide…buy flowers! I love having flowers in my kitchen, and the ones at my grocery store are always so beautiful. If that’s against the rules, then I would buy something amazing from the bakery. I am a sweets gal all the way.

  2. NancyB on March 19, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Cheese, fresh baked bread or pastries and vino!

  3. Mama Grizzly on March 19, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I think I’d have to stock up on COFFEE!!!!! Starbucks, preferably!

  4. N. & J. on March 18, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I have a huge sweet tooth so I might buy some pastries and then definitely cheese and then maybe a bottle of wine.


  5. imabug on March 18, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    I would totally blow it all on a nice 4 bone rib roast

  6. themomhalf on March 18, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Cheese, lots of different cheeses, i just spent a week savoring a piece of sharp provolone someone gave me, i had a little bit everyday.

    and some of my favorite English candy bars = cadbury’s flake bars

    and the proper ingredients for a good shrimp stirfry — yum

  7. Mrs.W on March 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Wow… a great cut of meat–maybe a beef loin, and I’d have a party! A big, beefy party.

    Oh, and Maudie of the strawberries & cheesecake… I’m diabetic, too, and I make a mean SF cheesecake, girl!

  8. Tracy on March 18, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I would stock up on flour, yeast, sugar and fruits and meat. I would love to get a really good bottle of evoo for salads. I make everything from scratch so I can think of anything extravagant other than the oil.

  9. Melinda on March 18, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    This is pretty sad, but I’d use it to just get the “name brand” stuff I grew up on but have had to “sacrifice” in order to cut back on our grocery budget. Sometimes, generic is okay, but sometimes, name brand really is better.

  10. Carol on March 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    It would have to be for lobster, or maybe some fresh tuna steaks. Or maybe with that 50 bucks, I would go out ALONE, and get a great dinner, dessert and drink.

  11. Cherie on March 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    The lobster cakes from QVC. They are simply divine and very rich. All they need is a salad and melted butter. Yum.

  12. Margaret on March 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    What a fun question!!
    I would buy some local organic meat that I never buy because it’s soooo expensive – lamb, most likely!
    And go to my local gourmet shop and buy any fresh figs, all his gorgeous cheeses, and the best chocolate.
    And SEAFOOD. Instead of looking for what’s on sale which is how I normally justify it, I’d buy what I want (um, all of it).

    I must say, food is one area that my husband and I are willing to splurge. We don’t feel deprived without movies, new books, or new clothes, etc. We willingly buy nice food sometimes and just enjoy it. We like to say that life is too short to eat bad food 🙂

  13. Renee on March 18, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    A lot of steak and beef
    A lot of ice cream
    A lot of baked goods

    …and she gained 50 lbs. by splurging with $50…

  14. minnemom on March 18, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Some really good cuts of meat that usually aren’t in the budget. And a nice, just-for-me chocolate bar.

  15. Lisa- Domestic Accident on March 18, 2008 at 11:58 am

    A gorgeous prime rib.

  16. Marsha on March 18, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I’m with all the people that would buy meat. Ever since a bad bout of anemia a few years ago I’ve been Carnivore Woman. Bring on the steak!!!!

  17. warillever on March 18, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Fresh fish, and feta, and a bottle of ***.

    If it were summer — local produce, a watermelon, and margarita fixings.

  18. MA on March 18, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Hm. Good topic! I’d get some extra virgin olive oil, something imported that costs $20 per bottle that I can’t usually afford. Maybe some gourmet chocolates and organic strawberries. I’d buy some good tenderloin and treat my hubby to a hearty steak dinner. I’d also treat myself to a very large and overpriced cup of coffee at the Starbucks kiosk in our local Safeway.

  19. Bramble on March 18, 2008 at 10:33 am

    sushi quality tuna steaks and a trashy paperback (cuz they sell those at the grocery store too lol)

  20. Milehimama on March 18, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Chocolate eclairs. One per trip for the next 25 trips.

    All right, maybe not.

    I would buy those all natural food colorings (we can’t eat the cheap ones, but I’m too cheap to buy the organic natural, so our cakes are white. Or chocolate. Or pinkish if I have some frozen raspberries or something).

    And berries… blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries… buying enough to keep 9 people happy pretty much would eat that $50 right there.

  21. Mrs. Micah on March 18, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Chips and salsa, cheese and crackers, and a pomegranate. Yum!!!

  22. La Rêveuse on March 18, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Probably a lovely organic free range blah blah blah leg of lamb, some lovely asparagus served with Sauce Mousseline, good baguettes, delicious cheeses (and if this is a fantasy, they’d all be raw milk stankies from France that are illegal to import), and organic berries to serve with Michael Chiarello’s Freeform Cheesecake (which is divine–look for the recipe on Food network). Saw similar recipes yesterday in a french cookbook I bought in Nantes (recipes from the chateaux of the Loire) and I’m still drooling.

  23. Frugal Dad on March 18, 2008 at 10:14 am

    I’m thinking some prime rib would sound pretty good about now!

  24. Angela on March 18, 2008 at 10:08 am

    One great meal…Steak, potatoes, fresh vegies, fresh fruit and angel food cake and cream. I think that would use up that $50 very fast:)

  25. Danetta on March 18, 2008 at 9:44 am

    I think I would have to go for some organic vegetables, fruits and a big steak.

  26. Mim on March 18, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I would use it towards natural/organic meat and dairy.

  27. Amy on March 18, 2008 at 9:24 am

    I would throw out every last one of the spices in my house, some of which have been around since I moved into this house 5 years ago, and buy new.

  28. ScrappyQuilter on March 18, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Since we almost never go to restaurants, I would probably insist on going out (without kids, of course!) and letting someone else do the cooking and serving!

  29. Stephanie on March 18, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Seafood! Shrimp, scallops, salmon, you name it. We all love it, but it is rarely on the menu. Too expensive!

  30. Heather on March 18, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Chocolatechic, I knew I liked you.

    Meat. I have an intense longing for ribeyes or New Yorks.

  31. chocolatechic on March 18, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Steak. I would get a great cut of meat and grill it to perfection.

  32. Lesley on March 18, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Ooh, all sorts of fancy and exotic organic fruits and vegetables. And a bunch of Amy’s Kitchen frozen meals and Newman’s Own cookies. And some good cheese, too. Like some St. Andre triple cream brie, a good butterkase, haloumi…the list goes on.

  33. maudie on March 18, 2008 at 12:59 am

    If I can totally fantasize, I would get the most decadent cheesecake and the most luscious strawberries I could find. But since I am diabetic, I’ll settle for $50 worth of beautifully luscious strawberries

  34. Denise on March 17, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    I would splurge on the most beautiful bakery items, brew a pot of tea, and throw an imprompteau tea party for my girlfriends!

  35. CanadianCarrie on March 17, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    HOnestly, I would have bought the ipod I saw at walmart for $48 the other day if I had the extra dough, even though we need it put towards a new camera desparately!
    An ingredient?? ……. the salmon kabobs, 50 bucks worth, seriously, we LOVE salmon!

  36. Claudia (cook eat FRET) on March 17, 2008 at 10:12 pm


    i’d buy a really good bottle of wine. is that an ingredient?

    ok – maybe not.
    let’s see… maybe some locally processed pork from DW Farms…

    and hey, you could get a ton of fancy salt for $50