I've been struggling with wants and needs lately.
We have a beautiful home that would really look nicer with some improvements to it. But... I have a hard time spending money when my house functions just fine as is.
With Mother's day fast approaching, I had to come up with something kinda cheap so I wouldn't end up with candies or something else that is useless(I have a thing about gifts that don't serve a purpose other than to increase my thigh circumference).
So, I asked for railroad ties around my flower bed.
We found a decent deal, but it still cost $50 for all the ties. Then dh decided that he needed a new shovel and rake (because he forgot to put the old ones away last fall and now they are "icky". Whatever) That was another $30 down the drain and it earned dh one of my famous, "Take care of your crap" lectures I give when I'm really exasperated about the tool situation here.
**PS. Watch for an upcoming post on how I'm going to fix up dh's tools so he will put them away and keep them organized. It's going to be a goodie and hopefully no one will die.
Anyhow, so Total that is running me... way too much money. Sigh.
Then, the washer broke. Again. Last time we replaced the coupler ourselves for about $25. It was easy to google and Northgate Appliance was great to help us out. This time it was the transmission. Not a cheap fix and so we decided to spend the extra $50 and buy a new washer (a new tranny would be about $125ish). So we went to Northgate Appliance in Idaho Falls and bought a new to us washer. I wanted a front loader soooooo bad, but I have been told by my fellow cloth diaperers that a front loader is crap for diaper washing plus, they are just too expensive for me right now. So, used top loader it is.
So, there is another $185.
I hated to pay this, but a washing machine is a need.
In a few days we are having a custom table built for our kitchen. Remember the fold up beds from days of yore? Well, this will be a fold up table. It will keep me from cluttering it up (like this table I'm typing on is) and it will save space. It will also fit our whole family and have table legs that don't go out when we put a roast on it. It will cost us $350 for a high quality table and while I hate spending that much, I feel like it is an investment in family time and therefore a need. Plus, that puppy will last forever. A carpenter friend is making it and it is going to be niiiice.
Then we have to paint the place the table is going in to. Well we don't HAVE to, but I'd rather do it now so we don't have the table in our way, so that is another $60.
Argh! Spending too much money! But, what do you do?