Realistically, coupons are nothing more than a clever marketing tactic to get you to buy things you otherwise wouldn’t. And lately, it’s been working on me. It’s really hard to turn down something that is free to a few cents, even if I normally wouldn’t buy it, which was the case with the packages of imitation crab meat I picked up this weekend for $.50 (regular price 9.98, on sale 2/$3 and I had a $1 off coupon.) For $.50, I wasn’t going to not buy it, and in fact, I got two packages because I was able to print two coupons.
I like to cook (and eat) so I figured all this white fish would be a fun culinary experiment, and I proceeded to procure several delicious dishes with it.
First I made a crab salad melt, but you’ll have to take my word for it, because I didn’t take a photo. Above are crab cakes, which I made from a recipe on the crab manufacturers website (double marketing win.) Served with a simple green salad, including ranch dressing I picked up for well under $1 on another trip.
Breakfast the next day was a crab scramble, nice and simple with crab, chives from the garden and cheddar cheese. Initially I thought about making croissants to go with it, but apparently they take 4 hours and are “very difficult.” So yeah, I just bought that one.
And my latest dish (not last because I still have a half a pack of crab left) was a crab dip for a 4th of July BBQ. This was just crab, mayo, sour cream, chives, lemon thyme and then some lemon juice, Worcestershire and hot sauce. It sat in the fridge overnight and then a served it with Triscuits (only $1.50!) and the two other non-vegan fish eating party goers seemed to enjoy it!
So yes, the coupons technically won this round, but I made four solid, and kind of fancy dishes for $1 (plus stuff I already had), so really, we’ll just call it a tie.