2nd Dec 2019, 4:56 PM
Ask about all that and groceries

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Ask about all that and groceries
"Plaire," you reply. "What was all that about?"

"Mondol," says Maria. "Or MondolGroup, or whatever the--" She catches herself before loudly cursing in front of a customer again, "--the gentlemen from MondolMall call themselves."

"I've been hearing Mondol a lot today," you mutter.

"You new in town?," Maria asks. "You are going to keep hearing it. They're supposed to be some indie startup group coming out of the cities--trying to fill the void all these big, sinking corporations are leaving behind. The problem is, these assholes--" she realizes she said it as soon as it leaves her mouth, but she can only pause and keep going, "--act just like a billion dollar corporation. We don't need any of that here, and I am NOT going to let them buy out a business I worked my ass off for! They've already plowed through every other grocer in town."

"It is a lot of money, though," her dad comments. "You could live the rest of your life on that." He does suggest it casually--not pushing, just making sure his daughter is still seeing all her options.

"I'd be living the rest of my life in a mall," Maria counters. "They have started doing apartments! Mondol's going to eat the whole town. There will be nothing left but Mondol, and the food will be garbage! It all tastes like radiation and slave labor."

Maria spins back around to aggressively inform you, "All of the fruits and vegetables here are grown on-site."

"Our meat and eggs guy is a friend of mine," adds Maria's dad. "He lives up higher in the mountains."

"Milk, too," Maria adds a little more calmly. "And he introduced us to our bread guy--we owe him a lot, actually. ANYWAY." Maria once more twists her attention from her father to you. "What can we do for you?"

"I... uh..." In all the hot gossip and flaring passions, you almost forgot why you walked in. "I need food." Of course you do, dingus. "Healthy, easy to prepare... but also cheap." Yes, good, your tone suggested it was all one coherent thought, planned that way from the beginning.

Maria squints behind her glasses. "And what is your budget like?"

"I don't have one," you admit bluntly. "I have the money in my pocket and a house that's paid up for a while. I have microwavables with enough sodium to kill me in a week, tops. I have no idea how to cook. Fire scares me a little."

This time you stun her, making you the winner.

"...Alright," she says, adjusting her glasses. "I'm not a psychiatrist, but: you can learn the basics of cooking online. Don't use any flavor packets that come with your noodles--swap them with real seasoning, real meat and real vegetables."

"Huh," you mutter. "You're pretty good at this."

Maria smiles a little, in spite of the frustration still bleeding in from earlier. "I've had to do it before. Aside from noodles, you should look into rice, and eggs are pretty cheap..."

She takes some time explaining to you what you can do for cheap, healthy foods, and figure out some of the pricing. You're pretty sure you can stock up for the rest of the month, but it would leave you with no money. If you try to swing it half and half--actual food and cheap food-like products, alternating so you don't get scurvy--you think you could walk away with almost no money.

"Worst case," Maria adds, "if you're completely broke and you need food, let me know. I've worked with a few people in town already, it's not a big deal." She leans in a little, staring you down. "...But if you're not completely broke this is a business, not a charity."

"Maria," her dad begins, "weren't you just mad this morning because you gave away all our leftover--"

"Now is not the time, Papá."

Her dad continues, fighting back a grin. "And that blind guy who rides the bus. He only comes in when he knows you're here because you keep gi--"

"Papá."


You should probably decide how much of your money you'll spend on not eating poison.

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2nd Dec 2019, 5:02 PM
I'd say let's spend half our money now, and just come back in a few weeks instead of getting all we need for the whole month.
Who knows, might find a new source of income!
2nd Dec 2019, 5:06 PM
+1. We can ride the bus for free, anyways, so it's not like we have to stock up for long periods of time-- we can make the trip easily.
2nd Dec 2019, 5:09 PM
And who knows, maybe the Mondol folks will have done something underhanded to get this business shut down before Plaire returns. This is a dystopia, after all.
2nd Dec 2019, 5:14 PM
Xylas_Incarnum
seconded, we've already got the instant stuff so might as well use the healthy stuff to cut it till we've only got the healthy left and actually have to cook something.
Rice in bulk bags comes to mind as a good starting point.
2nd Dec 2019, 5:23 PM
+1 maybe buy for the day or week so you can make sure nothing goes to waste and you get your money's worth
also after shopping we should consider going to the backalley game store maybe to find something hidden to do a LP run on
2nd Dec 2019, 7:03 PM
Limrix
+1, also this way if we get sick of something we're not stuck eating it for a month.
2nd Dec 2019, 7:08 PM
3rd Dec 2019, 1:25 AM
3rd Dec 2019, 4:25 AM
YetAnother
I don't think Plaire is strong enough to actually carry food supply for a month. Food is a heavy thing. It is NOT going to be fun to stagger to bus stop and then wait a couple of hours because Mondol routing algorithms are "a bit flawed, sorry for your inconvenience. We forgot that people might want to buy food from other places than Mondol. We'll look into it."
2nd Dec 2019, 5:07 PM
Leafia_Barrett
Let's only get a couple weeks' worth of food for now. Spend... half our current cash sounds like a good number. Leave ourselves with more than nothing. We can always come back for more when we need to buy more food. (Plus it gives us a reason to leave the house more often.)
2nd Dec 2019, 5:08 PM
Right, let's buy some groceries, get them home, and then maybe work on a video? Tomorrow we can go to the game store perhaps. Let's not overdo the "being in public" thing-- as someone for whom socialization is *very* tiring, I know what it's like. Let's just do our One Social Thing then go home and do an Actually Fun And Profitable Thing.
2nd Dec 2019, 5:11 PM
Hari_Seldon
Edit: buy 1-2 weeks of real food and hope we get more money so we can afford real food for the rest of the month.

I don't know if we should save money or buy something from The Back Room.
2nd Dec 2019, 5:19 PM
Agreed with everyone else: spend enough on food for a week or two, and then go back home: no stopping by any game stores or else we might end up completely broke without a month's worth of food.
Also, be sure to thank both Marie and her dad for being so helpful.
(And maybe cross your fingers and hope you don't burn the eggs if you try to make those: the first time cooking is always a bit hectic, no matter how simple the task.)
2nd Dec 2019, 5:23 PM
Oh, and maybe ask Maria and her dad if they know what The Back Room is like: tell them we heard about it from the bus, but that it couldn't tell us a lot about it.
(Still no dropping by, though: keep that for tomorrow if we want to burn money that badly.)
3rd Dec 2019, 12:21 PM
2nd Dec 2019, 6:41 PM
Kumondo
+1 to the week or two's worth of healthy food, and heading home after (and everything else above), if only so that we don't have to lug groceries around. Might be time for a lunch anyways by the time we get home and practice making a thing.
2nd Dec 2019, 7:09 PM
Limrix
Agreed, I would recommend something easy that doesn't require cooking, like a spinach/hummus/pita sandwich.
2nd Dec 2019, 7:18 PM
Hari_Seldon
I hear rice and beans are popular because it is a complete protein source (Beans contain the amino acid lysine, one of the essential nine proteins that happens to be lacking in rice).

But hummus pita is even easier.
2nd Dec 2019, 7:46 PM
Hari_Seldon
+1 to hummus pita. No cooking and complete protein. Spinach or whatever could be mixed in as a vegetable.

peanut butter sandwich is also no cooking and complete protein.
2nd Dec 2019, 7:52 PM
Hari_Seldon
Microwaving eggs is actually easy too. See:

1. BEAT eggs, milk, salt and pepper in microwave-safe bowl until blended.

2. MICROWAVE on HIGH 45 seconds: stir. MICROWAVE until eggs are almost set, 30 to 45 seconds longer. SERVE immediately.
https://www.incredibleegg.org/recipe/basic-microwave-scrambled-eggs/
3rd Dec 2019, 1:39 AM
Eggs are bloody delicious whatever you do to them.
3rd Dec 2019, 1:38 AM
Ask about that blind bus rider.
3rd Dec 2019, 3:33 PM
lil Joshu
Buy half the food you need. Alternate if need be. However, just because we don't have money, doesn't meant we don't have skills. Let your skills be known, offer to work part time so you can afford more groceries.