I was surprised when I ordered an Oreo Cookie Sonic Blast at a local Sonic. The price for the smallest was $2.79. I thought that was bad. And then they rang up my purchase. When the carhop brought my blast, they had added a $.50 charge for the Oroes (see receipt pic #3 upper right). All told, my small blast cost me $3.56. I double-checked while still at the bay, and then called later. Both times, the manager told me that it was their policy to charge for the candy or item that the customer wanted in their blast. My stars! Instead of making that investment, I recommend that you try a different strategy. I also love the Shortbread cookies at Starbucks, but they are $2.35 for a pack of two. Here’s what you should do to get around these cost busterss.
Sonic Blast vs Do-it-yourself with a Sonic Shake and Store Cookies
It’s simple. During the summer, after 8:00pm, Sonic sells their shakes for half price. I bought a large one for $1.61 (that’s with tax already included). I decided on caramel. I then stopped at a store and bought a 6-pack of Oreos for $.99, although they are also available in my area for $.79.
When I got home, I broke the cookies and put them into the shake. I could make the pieces as big or as little as I wanted. I even broke one cookie in half and used the halves as scoops. Yummy! I got a blast out of doing my own thing. I also enjoyed a bigger size and saved about $.80. I also got a good flavor sensation.
Why pay for them to mix your cookie into the ice cream? If you do it yourself, you can try different flavors of ice cream. If you buy it ready-made, you get vanilla. And you pay for your taste sensation.
Shortbread Cookies: Starbucks vs Dollar Tree
Now one really great small treat that I have loved for a long time is the Starbucks shortbread cookies. To be honest, they are too pricey for my taste at $2.35 for a two-pack. However, I scanned the aisles at Dollar Tree and found a package of 34 cookies for $1.00. After all, it’s Dollar Tree.
I compared ingredients, since it could impact the buying decision. The Starbucks package lists only three ingredients. They are wheat flour, sugar, and butter. I agree that they do have a definite buttery taste. The Lil’ Dutch Maid package lists quite a few more ingredients. Their list did not include butter. However, they also use wheat flour, sugar, palm oil and some other ingredients. I did not taste butter, but I still liked the cookie as much as those from the coffee shop.
I’m thinking more is more, and less is less. The cookie and ice cream alternative that I discovered gives you more of both cookies and ice cream; and the value of the 34 cookies at Dollar Tree versus a 2-pack is a no-brainer. So when your sweet tooth is giving you a nudge, you might wish to introduce it to your pocketbook, your budget, and your comparative thinking. In other words, you sort of show them who is boss.