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Grocery shopping is a buy-whatever-you-want experience, but when you eat out at cafes and restaurants, that's something completely different. You're paying for food, drinks and service and I have always expected it to be on par with what they're charging and what it's really worth.
Of course, people will always overcharge in fancier places and some are always going to be absolutely ridiculous - and that's your choice to make when you spend your money. But is it really worth spending some extra money on sliced avocado or chia seeds? I think maybe not. I have my list of foods i would never pay extra for and some that i would consider so lets go through it and you can decide for yourself if this makes sense where you live as well.
NEVER PAY EXTRA:
I love my bananas. Absolutely love bananas. But I have never - not even once - come across a place that uses ripe, spotty bananas in a smoothies or acai bowls or dessert or anything really. And that bugs me. I don't want to eat a yellow banana. I want a ripe, spotty one and unfortunately, the lack of ripe bananas in cafe's and restaurants really turns me off. If it comes with the item i ordered, then fine. But many places charge $1 extra for these unripe bananas, and that's NOT worth it at all.
When you live in a country that has access to drinkable tap water, why would anyone charge for it? Living in Australia, getting free tap water at any restaurant or cafe was a thing. In Singapore. Apparently not. I can ask for bottled water, or a glass of water, and I'd still get charged. Some places, thankfully, do provide free water, but what is with these places that don't? Tap water costs barely anything in Singapore to fill up a glass and considering the number of people who will still want to pay for a bottle instead, I don't see why this is something every single cafe adn restaurant cannot manage to provide. So lets stop paying for water (unless you desperately need it) and bring your own water bottle everywhere instead.
MAYBE PAY EXTRA:
I love me some avocado. Love getting it on my toast, in sandwiches, salads, everything. The thing about avos is that they are not cheap in general. I go crazy when i can get 2 for $3 or 3 for $5 somewhere, but when they're normally $2.90 each at the supermarket i just walk away. And it kinda works the same way when I eat out. I can justify paying $2-3 for some avoocado on my meal. But some cafes in Singapore have charged up to $8 for half a sliced avocado. That's nothing short of bullshit. There will never be a half avocado that tastes like it's worth $8
Cafe's can charge what they want, but I will refuse to pay nearly double for my coffee just cause dairy is bad for us. Let's stick to soy or almond milk for now and save the cows, their calves and ourselves shall we?
Frankly I'm just tired of ordering food and having them tell me to get what i really wanted in my salad (like avocado) means i have to pay more than the already expensive $12 that salad is without it. But i don't like adding more to satify a certain craving. But even though i have my mini list oh foods i wouldn't pay for, I am always going to suggest you come up with your list and decide for yourself what you want to spend your money on.
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