Friday, February 1, 2013

Indulging


What a week it has been.  Temperatures reached a low of  - 4F yesterday but will be back up to 45 by tomorrow.  During the heat wave, my plan is to clean the barn.  I  love that frozen manure doesn’t stink or stick, but it does “accumulate”.

Wilson helped himself to his food yesterday. 
 
I wish I had a video camera in the barn to see how this small pig managed to get the lid off the black container you see pictured in the background – and get a hold of a small bag of “healthy weight” dog food, take it out, tear up the bag and eat every last piece.  All this without tipping over the container.  If he would have tipped the container he also would have eaten all the pig pellets.  I have a feeling he used the cinder blocks near the container to his advantage.  This is definitely one of the smartest animals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.  On the other hand, I think his intelligence is limited to how to get food – not when to stop eating.  You should have seen his belly.

I have been thinking of ways to save money.  
No, I mean seriously this time.
Really. 
Some of the options are no-brainers. 
Of course I will stop buying chopped, bagged iceberg lettuce and buy it by the head. 
Of course we can pop our own popcorn and put on our own butter. 
Of course we can shred our own cheese and make our own pizza.
But I am wondering how far this will all go. 
I am willing to forego my beloved Republic of Tea and stick to boxed teas – if the world were ending. 
I am willing to at least “taste” the cheaper Miller Light beer and see if it is at all palatable.
But there is one thing I absolutely refuse to give up.

Never.
How about you?  What would be the last thing you would ever give up?
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20 comments:

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I have started driving 45 minutes (instead of 20) to go to a discount grocery store. Their generics cost a lot less, don't taste quite as good, and expire faster, but the savings of $50-$75 a week make it worth it. Sacrifices.

Wilson cracks me up.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I have started driving 45 minutes (instead of 20) to go to a discount grocery store. Their generics cost a lot less, don't taste quite as good, and expire faster, but the savings of $50-$75 a week make it worth it. Sacrifices.

Wilson cracks me up.

Sandra said...

you go wilson, we might just be related. LOL.
well aren't you a pot belly pig? got to fill that pot.. i did not know how smart pigs are.
we gave up riding around the county for 2 hours a week because of the gas prices, we only eat out twice a month, not once a week, and there are other ways we have cut back. the one thing i refuse to give up is the DVR box on the TV. the second would be high speed internet

MTWaggin said...

Well that little devil Wilson! Maybe he and my Elliott are using ESP to conspire how to get to food! Wilson still is awfully cute though. Not sure what there is I "can't" give up as I'm now doing Weight Watchers I'm finding in the realm of food I could give up a lot. I guess I'd say probably cheese for me! Weird I know.....

Dicky Bird said...

What a little cutie - and turd too. I've been on this money saving trip too...getting by with less. What couldn't I give up....silly...but, I LOVE popcorn. I pop my own, in oil of course and cover it with plenty of salt and butter. Maybe it goes back to my Native American genes....but, all my siblings are CRAZY for popcorn. I've even had it for suppers plenty of times. You know when you go to the movies and get the biggest popcorn because it has free refills? I may know someone who had the first one done before the movie even started...not saying who...Blessings from Wisconsin.

Donna said...

If we're talking foodstuffs, coffee would be the last I'd give up. If we're talking everything, Internet would be the last. I have a microwave popcorn popper I've used for years. Much cheaper than buying microwave popcorn in the store.

Nancy J said...

Giving up?? I'm with Donna, coffee, the real stuff, my indulgence if it can be called that, and in NZ here, my broadband connection. Take=aways, eating out, fashion clothes, expensive jewellry,the latest and greatest on sale, I can leave them all, without a backward glance. Wilson, top marks for intelligence. The brainy pig hets his tucker!!! Cheers from Jean.

Ashling said...

Love your little pig. Saving money might include keeping him from eating up all his rations too soon!! As for chocolate, priorities are important & it sounds like yours are where they should be. Me? Good coffee....I must have my good, strong, coffee (specifically, Dean's Beans' Ring of Fire organic, fair trade) and I'd cut corners eanywhere I had to to wake up to my coffee each day!

TexWisGirl said...

fresh berries are my daily splurge. every morning before i even have coffee, i eat fresh raspberries, then drink a big glass of water to hydrate me. then start on the coffee...

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

If there's one thing I can vouch for it's Miller Lite:@) I'm trying to use up what's in the freezer, etc and cut back on new purchases. Crazy weather everywhere it seems-stay warm and Happy Weekend!

Jennifer said...

Wilson... I just love that piggy. Pigs sure do love their food, dont they, lol. I LOVE dark chocolate too. One thing I'm not giving up is my coffee... gotta have it every morning atleast 1 HUGE mug full, I drink water the rest of the day and sometimes I will splurge and drink a cup of coffee throughout the day, if theres any left in the pot.

Randy said...

Magazines, lately I have found that I have an big appetite for them. I know I could save alot of money if I would stop buying them but I just can't stop.

Annette Mickelson said...

Wilson sure is a character. He sounds like one determined and focused little pig. I've cut back on a lot of things but I could't give up my morning espresso. Or coffee, in some form. Good, strong coffee. Must.have.coffee.

Buttons said...

Oh Wilson you smart little piggie you.
I would not like to give up coffee or my internet everything else is negotiable:). B

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

That Wilson is one smart little piggie. I hope he didn't make himself sick gorging on the dog food!

Deb said...

Love that piggy...seems like we give up more and more.. Peanut butter would be the last to go

Snooks said...

The last thing I would give up is my coffee. It's a must have for me in the morning. Your pig is a silly pig he makes me laugh and frozen poo is a pretty good thing isn't it.? Who knew.

@ 3Beeze Homestead

Candy C. said...

Wilson, what a PIG you are!! ;)
Giving up the microwave popcorn and pre-shredded cheese will not only save you money BUT will be healthier too! Have you read the labels on those things?!? I could never, ever give up my Twinings Tea or the Dove dark chocolates. YUM!!

BumbleVee said...

home made bread....I love bread. With butter. Yup... it even trumps chocolate for me.

That little piggy is pretty cute.....

GardenofDaisies said...

Oh Wilson, you are such a naughty boy! But you are so darn cute, we forgive you.