Posted by Tim Stobbs on August 24, 2009
So sorry for a lack of a post last Friday. I forgot to write one before leaving on our last camping trip of the summer on Friday morning. So during this little trip we had a great time. The boys had a fun time at the beach playing in the sand and the water, we ate ice cream, we did some hiking and then visited Saskatchewan’s only winery and vineyard and bought $200 of wine (12 bottles), which is more than I spent on the rest of the trip combined including gas, camping fees and food.
What the hell happened? Well in reality the camping trip was little more than a fun way to make an excuse to go buy their wine. You see I have a soft spot for people who go out on a limb and do something extraordinary and in this case they make excellent wine from a bunch of local materials like sour cherries, Saskatoon berries and even rhubarb. And yes they do manage to grow grapes in Saskatchewan I saw they on the vine with my very own eyes.
The wine has two essential elements for me: a great story behind them and they are different. Actually the couple that sell them are so different that they don’t sell the wine anywhere else than their vineyard. They current manage to sell everything they make so you can only buy it at their winery. So hence after getting hooked on their wine from friends who stopped in one day this has been our second trip to the winery and my wife and I are talking about making it an annual trip.
So yes I spend a lot of money on wine this last weekend, but I enjoyed doing it and will now have a great story to tell every time I open a bottle. I was frugal for the rest of the weekend, which is in short of the point of it all. Spend money on what you love and save it on everything else. Being frugal isn’t about just saving, it’s also about having money to do what you love. Cheers.