Attitude Is Everything
Twenty-two thousand people have hit on me. I’m kidding – they have hit on my website, www.pigtitsandparsleysauce.co.nz.
In six months, Pig Tits has snow-balled from an idea in my head to a media event. Sometimes I wish I had thought of a different name – too late now.
The website is attracting people worldwide: China, Bahrain, UK, the United States and heaps from Australia. People are interested in buying my money-saving cleaning product recipes, fantastic baking soda and white vinegar books, and the Aussies are chasing my franchise so they can have Pig Tits across the Tasman. And all I wanted to do was save a bit of money.
I have raised a bit of dosh by running classes and selling recipes and ingredients. I am also finding a niche as a paid public speaker. Farmers in Invercargill is flying me down for a night in the deep south as a fund-raiser. It’s called An Evening with Lyn Webster and the organisers will charge $20 a head. They expect more than 400 people! To me, that is amazing. I’m going to show them how to make their own laundry powder, so I hope it’s not an anti-climax.
I am happy to go along with this strange phenomenon and interested to see what will happen next. I’ve invested the proceeds of all this work into sign- writing my car, so look out for the Pig Tits car, which will be on the road soon.
I’m not too busy to do my Tuesday night classes (7pm) and am getting organised with some franchisees who will be taking the money-saving cleaning product demonstrations out to more far- flung areas (like Coastal Taranaki) for people too distant to attend night classes in Waitara. August is getting booked up with group presentations, but I intend to provide these as long as there is an interest – so contact me on pigtitsand [email protected] or 754-8600 if you are not an internet person.
None of this would have happened if not for the positive response Jonathan MacKenzie, Robert Mitchell and Deb Sloan from the Taranaki Daily News had to a scruffy sharemilker who wandered in to their newsroom in January with a half- assed idea about a weekly budgeting column. It also would not have carried on without the positivity of 21,999 people who have shown an interest in the Pig Tits concept. Nothing makes you feel more positive amidst the uncertainty of a recession than having some spare cash in your savings account. And if you have the power to slash $200 off your weekly grocery bill, as I have, then give it a go. There is no downside. See you at the Shine Festival (all weekend in Oakura). Next week: three different supermarkets, same list. Which is cheapest?