This Week’s Specials
Blue Cod, Live Crays just landed,
Have a great week from the team at HBS
Letter, logo and all images originated from Hawkes Bay Seafoods
The above is a regular email that comes into my mail box. After buying a discount voucher some months ago which entitled me to order fresh seafood from Hawkes Bay Seafood, I am now on their mailing list and the privilege group of those who receive first hand information when fresh catch has arrived.
Having nothing much to do after the festive season, I thought I would check out their offer. Those top two items looked to be pretty good deals but I was disappointed to see ‘Out of Stock’. In fact all the items with images shown on the email were ‘Out of Stock’.
I was utterly disappointed but did not give up. In the end, I ordered what was available and ended up spending close to $100 on flounders, gurnard, terakihi, a few prawns, smoked salmon pieces and prawn balls. This may sound not to bad for any family of four perhaps who love seafood but yours truly lives alone although I do have a guest with me for another month.
So it looks like we will be eating lots of ‘fresh catch’ freshly frozen for quite a while all due to the nice catchy advertisements, images and the convenience of online shopping. Oh yes, I have not mentioned that there is a fresh seafood market just five minutes drive from my home.
Besides, I have a whole stack of meal vouchers from Grabone, Groupon, Treats and Spreets or what other name you could think of. I seem to be a victim of online shopping and discount vouchers. It would not be so bad if I halved my supermarket budget or my dining out budget to make way for these online purchases but unfortunately these online purchases happily fall outside the regular budget. How extravagant !
Since I penned my thoughts into words, now perhaps I should seriously make my new year resolution to start living on a budget. Spend only on what I need and not what I want.
Are you a victim of online shopping?
Is online shopping a cost saving to you or are you spending unnecessarily?
By the way, the is the result of my temptation. A hundred dollars worth of fresh fish delivered to my door !!! Cook for one (or two, thankfully at least for this month).