I’ve always been fond of the idea of supporting local businesses, but I’ve never gone out of my way to specifically do it. For the last week, I think I decided to catch up.
I’ve been pet sitting even more than normal. This generally means waking up earlier than normal and working online later than normal to make up for time lost.
Luckily, one of my regular routes kept taking me by a tasty-looking taco stand. When I finally stopped and ordered something last weekend, I found the largest, yummiest breakfast burrito ever for just $4.50! And the green sauce was oh-so-good. I ordered the medium instead of the large, which was a good idea since the medium ended up being so stuffed with eggs, potatoes, bacon, and cheese that I ate half and was too stuffed to eat the second half. My husband decided to save the day and ate it for me after I called it quits (and put it away for later). I’m not a push-over…I like to eat. So take my word that this breakfast burrito was huge, and it was only about 60% of the size of his $6.50 monster. I may take that on later this week…
On the way back home that same day, I also saw a sign for “Fresh Peaches” and pulled over again. The peaches sold themselves. The guy handed me one, I bit into it, and I bought two cartons worth for $10 while I finished scarfing down the free one. I ate another one nearly immediately. It was about $2 a pound, which is nearly twice the price of grocery store peaches in my area right this second. BUT, his peaches were ripe and juicy and delicious! The grocery store peaches are hard or tasteless or both. It was a no brainer.
Yep, I bought a breakfast burrito and two cartons of peaches. I also went back two days later and bought another breakfast burrito along with a $5 carton of nectarines. Altogether, I spent about $25 in less than 2 days on food that I didn’t technically need. But it has been delicious. And not so bad for my current Weight Watchers diet either.
The burrito ends up being 8 Weight Watcher points per meal for the halves I eat, and the peaches are no points at all. They are the perfect snack between dog walking and catching up online. Overall, I have no guilt for the “wasted” money since the food has been delectable and the money went directly into the pockets of two local guys just trying to get along like the rest of us. Money well spent indeed.
Do you ever spend money on things you don’t technically need? How about on local businesses? Does it make a difference to you either way? It seems way easier to do for me…