I have a theory:
Asians are not meant to live alone.
Because it’s harder to take advantage of bargains.
It’s as simple as that. And I’ll let you in on my (random) thought process, along with the epiphany that led to it.
Reasoning: If there’s one thing Asians love almost more than life itself, it’s a good bargain. A bargain usually consists of buying multiples of an item for a much cheaper unit price than buying an item alone. But when you live alone, it’s hard to justify buying enough food, for example, to feed a small village just because it’s such a good deal. And if you’re one who’s easily able to overcome justifying bulk buying, then there’s the practical limitations of living with housemates with whom you must share fridge/freezer/storage/living space with, which really hampers the quantity in which you can indulge your in-bred bargain hunting instincts.
Epiphany: Last week, at the Chinese grocery store near my house, I saw a great deal for fresh frozen udon: 2 packs for $7! One pack of 5 was $5 or something ridiculous like that, so I snapped it up. Then I saw 4 packs of huge basa fillets for $10 (one for $3.99 or something), so I snapped those up. When I got home, I opened my (apartment-sized aka small) freezer and remembered, oh hey, I live with 2 other people and there ain’t much space in here. After much Tetris-playing, I was able to fit everything in, but had to warn my housemates to open the freezer carefully lest they cause an avalanche. Since that episode, I’ve had to constantly remind myself not to go for the bulk deals due to the limited space in our small kitchen. At the same time, it deeply saddens my deep-rooted Asian cheap genes that I can’t take advantage of the awesome bargains.
Side note: Chinese grocery stores know how to play their own kind. They make the sales just tantalizing enough that it’s a bit too expensive to buy the item on it’s own, so you feel nearly compelled to buy in bulk because it’s cheaper, you’ll be saving money, plus you know that you’ll use it eventually right? (Which often leads to the all-too-common Asian-hoarder-symptom to stockpile everything just in case… aka they’d be ready for another world war without having to do last minute emergency runs) But alas, I cannot stockpile when sharing limited storage space with the housemates. Sadface.
In conclusion, I miss the good ol’ days of sharing food with my housemates, which meant we were totally able to justify buying, for example, 2 jars of peanut butter for $10 instead of 1 for $7 cuz we knew we’d go through that in approximately 3 months. I also miss having a ginormous fridge…
Anyway, what do you think of my theory, my dear reader? Am I right?