Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Fruitcake

I need to admit that I have been a little bit of a fruitcake concerning finances lately.
First of all, I let the Wal-Mart photographer convince me to settle for a portrait that I didn't love for my $7.99 package deal. This lead to me dishing out an unmentionable amount for the smallest package they offered (which, come to find out, is NOT as small as it was under the prior company's management). Plus I had to buy a six dollar black and white enhancement.
Justification: Desi looks BEAUTIFUL! And- I can't count how many sessions at Wal-Mart I have walked out of with plenty of great pictures for only 7.99, or less. But this splurge still had its bittersweet impact.

Next, I decided to try and preserve some of my youth after turning 30 by buying a pair of flip flops to replace the crocks that my cool younger siblings have deemed unfashionable. I had my sights set on a certain pair which didn't end up being as comfortable as I would have hoped. But there on the rack at Famous Footwear were hanging some brown "Rocket Dogs." I had never before heard of this brand but I am pretty sure it is hip. I tried them on and they felt SO COMFEY (for flip flops) So I CONSIDERED spending $39.99 for these things. No, I did not buy them- but I SERIOUSLY considered it. This is not like me.

Then yesterday, good old Petersen Produce knocked on my door with their delicious fresh crop of apples, oranges, and grapefruit. It was at a bit of a hectic point in the day as I was on the phone and in the middle of doing several other things. He kept handing me samples and assuming I was going to buy, and I did. FOURTY FOUR dollars for a three month supply. I like to try to eat healthy, and I like to encourage my kids to do the same. And I don't like yucky produce. This is YUMMY produce- which were my reasons for buying. When John got home and inquired about the overload of fugis in the front room, I was sheepishly quoting things to him like, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away, honey!" :) He was really nice about it, and said that he would take fruit for lunch more, but the conversation later that evening did turn to how our economy is shakey right now, and how things are costing so much more... I think he may have been throwing hints for his wife to turn back to her thrifty, financially prudent ways. So as I was FILLING my refrigerator drawer up with fruit and hauling the rest of the box down to cold storage I realized that it may be unrealistic for our family to use it all up before the peak of freshness has passed. I also realized that I think I must have convinced that good ol' salesman to sell me just half a box last year. Thus, if anyone is interested in splitting 10 or 20 dollars worth of this bounteous harvest with me, please call!
P.S. He said that the apples are $1.29 per lb. which is comprable to , or cheaper than supermarket price. I am not sure on the oranges, but overall it averages out to about a dollar per pound of fruit.

11 comments:

Debbie said...

They do say that pictures are priceless right? And, I think that if you found a great pair of flip flops that you love, then you definitely deserve to spoil yourself. Everyone deserves a good splurge now and then. As for the fruit, spending money to better your health is not a bad thing. Don't be so hard on yourself. (:

Cara said...

Julia, you crack me up. I can't wait to see these pictures (isn't it on the first "acceptable by you" pose?). You should have bought the flip flops (easier for me to say, since I know I wouldn't have) and if you have some yummy apples, I would love to split with you. Perhaps some other fruit items also. I'll call you.

The Whitehead Family said...

My brother has no idea the Jem of a wife that he has! I am glad you are so finance conscience. Your great!

The Whitehead Family said...

That was Sher.

Jen said...

We will split it with you. My kids can't get enough of fruit. I guess my "No Soliciting" vinyl lettering on my door from the service auction kept him from my house, or I would have bought it. Call me if you still have some to spare.

Michael and Kari said...

I agree with Debbie - its ok to indulge yourself occasionally! You should post the picture so we could see how cute it turned out!

Nicholas K. and Sarah Maye said...

I can't wait to see these new pictures of Desi. I feel like a fruitcake too sometimes. So forgetful...like calling a day late on your birthday and getting off the card late too. Sorry.

Andrea Brown said...

Mike questions me on days when I seem to become a fruitcake too and cave to a salesman. Some days, I'm better than others. And isn't it sad that we have to watch everything so closely, stupid price of gas!

Kathy Urry said...

Flip flops I hate them and I hate to see people in them they are not good on backs or feet just the other day on KSL they were talking about them and sandals and how the Drs see alot of problems due to them. I do have one pair of sandle and when I wear them my legs hurt and so do my feet but I think oh well I do not want to put shoes on so buy a pair of shoes that when you walk around in the store they do not hurt and fell really good the price does not matter if you get a good pair of shoes it's your feet, legs & Back that matters how they fell.
I remember the guys coming around on the fruit trucks I am glad now I am not home when they come I use to by it from a man in PG he allways had good fruit and I need to get some we grow apples and they are not ready yet so if he is selling apples they are not from utah. It is so hard when they come around but your sign that say no salesman shold keep them away.

Good luck

Jen said...

Julia, this post totally cracked me up. You are so funny. First of all, at least it was not an entire ENTERTAINMENT CENTER.... oh, bless his heart... and second.... look at you! You can the confidence to buy without talking to your husband!! :) Ugh, those salespeople!!! But since I feel partially responsible for the fruit, since I was the distraction on the phone.... I'd be happy to pitch in and share!! :)

Jewel said...

The fruit is SOLD! Blogging works I tell you.