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spending stingily

April 15th, 2006 at 12:12 pm

I gave it a whole lot of thought yesterday before deciding to spend even one penny of my carefully saved $57. It hit the 90 degree mark again. I figured that it's only mid April and already we are seeing 90 degree weather;that indicates to me it's going to be an even longer, hotter summer than last year(summer lasted from May all the way into mid October).

What finally decided me to be willing to spend $15 for fans was seeing and hearing my oldest son tired,sleepless,restless and complaining of not getting a good night's sleep. He did not have a fan in his room last year, and suffered greatly due to the heat. I called Wal-mart and found out that they had box fans for $10, so I gave T a roll of quarters and $5 in ones. He did better than expected. Not only did he come back with the box fan, he also stopped off at a permanent local garage sale 2 blocks from our house and came back with 2 nice oscillating fans.
Now we have one in the front room in conjunction with the box fan we're already using, but we have one for the garage/studio in conjunction with the other box fan that is suspended from the rafters.

I weighed the cost of a box fan against the cost of recharging and using the air conditioner, and of course the cost of the box fan came out on top.
Even so, I still have $44 still stashed away until the 3rd of May, when I plan to add another $55 to it. I probably won't reach my original goal of $100 by May, but I will come very close to it, and that's good enough.

7 Responses to “spending stingily”

  1. katwoman Says:

    It's never wise to be frugal and miserable. Good move on getting the fans.

  2. carol Says:

    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I used to be such a free spender, but now I have to watch it so that I don't go to the opposite extreme.
    I am happy to report that when I asked my oldest son how he slept last night, he smiled at me and said he slept like a baby. He has been in a much better mood today and that's made it worth spending the money for the fans.

  3. Frugal Momma Says:

    Very wise buy.

    In the heat a fan is a needed to function.

    Theresa Smile

  4. carol Says:

    Thanks Frugal Momma.

  5. lrjohnson Says:

    It's harder to regret any purchase, necessary or frivolous, that you've given a lot of thought to. Kudos.

  6. Champion Cheapskate Says:

    Good move using the garage sale. When you buy something at a store, please use coupons and check web pricing services first. The money you save could be your own Smile

  7. carol Says:

    Checking web prices was the very first thing I did. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any box fans online anywhere for under $15. So Wal-Mart did end up being the best buy for me since we live only a few blocks from a Wal-Mart Super Center.

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