big and cheap

giant coffee

My eye is drawn to the big can with the low price.

We buy our coffee at Costco….and we get a big can for a low price.

We ran out of the coffee from Costco yesterday….so on the way back up to¬†Asheville, we stopped off at Walmart to buy some supplies….and replenish our coffee stash.

I was in charge of buying the coffee.

I was in charge….so when I saw a big can for an even lower price, I jumped on it.

I should have literally jumped on it.

I should have smashed it with my feet.

People tell me that you get what you pay for….sometimes it’s less.

Maybe the phrase is “you get to take what you pay for”?

My eyes are drawn to the label that says things like “NOW….50% MORE FREE!!!”

I get fooled a lot.

I don’t know why I’d think that anything that they we willing to give away for free would be good.

Even the free stuff that I pay for.

Anyway….long story short….I’m drinking this coffee now and it tastes like something I could brew with pan roasted shredded cardboard.

It’s not good coffee.

But I have a giant, cheap can of it.

Maybe I can return it at Walmart?

I rode out to the land in Idaho one summer when I was visiting my relatives in Spokane….rode out with my Uncle Gordon.

His old truck starting running kind of rough so he stopped to take the fuel filter off and blow the crud out of it.

He told me that he’d bought all this fuel treatment stuff for a cheap price and that he thought it was messing the car up.

I told him it’ll be good when he uses it all up….and doesn’t have to put any in the truck anymore.

It made him laugh.

I’ll be glad when this giant can of crappy, cheap coffee is gone.

There are lessons out there in the world that I never seem to learn.

Why is that?

Does my cheapness blind me?

About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.


big and cheap — 2 Comments

  1. i have been deceived by a “deal” more times than I can remember. I recently threw in the towel and tossed the last few disposable razors that came in a big bag from the dollar store. It was painful. One time we bought several large, slightly dented cans of crappy coffee and were forced to donate them to those less fortunate. I feel a little guilty about that.

    • “Forced to donate them to those less fortunate”? That’s what they’ll be if they get a chance to taste the bad bargains we almost got stuck with. Is that what they mean when they say “pay it forward”? The sad thing is….I’ll bet that we do the “deal thing” again. I never learn.