Fancy plates for half the price

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See those plates (first spotted at Mighty Goods)?  It’s a special set from Target to hold a bowl of soup and a sandwich (because nothing goes better with tomato soup than a grilled cheese sandwich).  I usually don’t like single-use dinnerware, but I do love that concept.  The soup bowl has its own little indentation and that square is just begging for a sandwich, cut on the diagonal of course.  What I’m not a fan of is the price.  Target is selling a set of 2 for $30.  Oh, wait, it’s “on sale” for $26.99, but it’s not even in stock for another 2-3 weeks.  The site also says that it’s an online only item and can’t be found in stores.  I fell in love with this idea so much that I seriously considered buying a set and just waiting indefinitely for it to arrive.  But, I am trying to curtail my retail purchases, so I waited.  This turned out to be a good thing.

On Friday I met friends for dinner at Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ (so good – I’m currently loving the tri tip salad, which is tasty and extremely filling), which is located right next to Pier 1.  It’s also close to Sears Essentials where we witnessed the long, drawn out process of some guy getting handcuffed and eventually (I’m guessing) hauled away by the police.  I got to Joey’s early, so I thought I’d just wander through Pier 1 so I didn’t have to sit in my car or wait outside in the cold.  I had no intention of buying anything, really!  I was even on my way out of the store when I happened to see plates for sale.  Or platters.  I’m not really sure what they are.  But, they look like 2 square plates joined in the middle (with some decorative indentation in the middle to divide the space).  They were on sale for $5!  The round bowls were not on sale, but I ended up with a set of 2 for $17.  Now, I have a soup+sandwich plate, soup+salad plate, or a salad+sandwich plate, as the plate doesn’t have a round indentation for the soup bowl.  All for the price of what 1 Target plate would have cost!  I was quite pleased with myself.

Incidentally, I also bought these melamine divided plates at Target (the store, not online) and we use them a lot.  I bought them for T because he likes divided plates – foods don’t have to touch other foods this way.  But it’s also a fun way to present food without getting all artsy and fancy.  It’s convenient for eating in front of the tv, too, because we can each pick up our 1 plate and carry it to the family room in one trip.  Otherwise, someone has to stay and guard food from the dogs.  It works well when you have a meat, starch, and a couple of veggies since everything gets its own spot on the plate!  They’re pretty sturdy and don’t scratch easily, plus they’re dishwasher safe!  Very highly recommended by me, if you’re looking for something like that.

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