The waiting is the hardest part. Every day you get one more yard... How is it that even in the re-newed Spin Cycle, all the topics get songs stuck in my head??? Jenn does this on purpose. Go see her. Stick your tongue out for me.
Waiting is hard. It's just a fact. Whether is something you are really looking forward to (a wedding, a new baby) and the anticipation is killing you. Or something you're dreading (root canal?) and you just want to get it over with and be done thinking and worrying about it. Maybe whatever you're waiting for has good and bad sides, like buying a new house. You really want the space, and that new house smell, but that mortgage payment? Not so much. You just want to be there now, not in the waiting pattern.
And now I shall imperfectly transition to the point of my post, but I don't have time to think of a good segue. For a moment, picture George W. falling off a Segue, and that will have to do.
Do you put off buying things that you know in your heart you need, but you don't want to spend the money? Your vacuum is held together with duct tape, hair bands and some twine that was recycled from tying the Christmas tree to the car? To the point where there is less original material than fixed material? But it still works. It might take an hour to get the smallest things up off the carpet, but if you take your time, it (mostly) gets the job done. Your car is more bondo than original paint, but it still runs, right? Why get yourself roped into another payment? Your looking at replacements, but you're going slow. Doing a lot of comparison shopping. Anyone on the outside can clearly see that you need to get a new one NOW, but you wait. It will hold out just a little longer.
-> I should point something out. I'm not one of those people who has 8 vacuum cleaners. (hi mom!) When I get a new one, the old one must go (unless I bought the new one specifically so I could have two- for some insane reason). It's just how I am. So, if it still has useful life, I feel bad putting it on the curb. I just have trouble judging what is still "useful", apparently. <-
This describes MANY of the smaller appliances in our house. The lawn mower, the vacuum, the snow blower. Because PB is so handy, these have all come to us after the original owner realized they weren't handy enough to fix it themselves and it would be more cost effective to just get a new one than pay someone to fix it. But they are still "good" so that person gives it to PB. He realizes that a new John Deere mower is really expensive. So if he can fix this one, it'll be a steal, right? So he does. And for a few years, it's great. Then it happens. We cross the invisible line from "this was a bargain" into "now we really need to just bite the bullet and buy one ourselves". Last winter, PB hand shoveled our very long drive more times than he could get the snow blower working. It was sad. But he persisted. He talked about getting a new one. Maybe looking at the garage sales this summer to see if someone was getting rid of an old one. He did some research. He's committed to getting one before the first snow fall this year. I really hope he does. He's gotten to the point where he has set aside the money. It's no longer in the "what if something breaks" fund. It's actually labeled "snow blower". No thoughts on the vacuum, or the lawn mower yet. That's too much new at once. The kids would think that everything comes out of a box from the store if we went and did that.
->insert another aside here- my FIL can clearly fix all his stuff. Yet, somehow, we get many things that are older, and in need of repair, but will work with a little effort. I joke with him that he's never given me anything that works. (he did once give PB a jar of oil that he thought had the extra chain to the chainsaw in it. Turned out to be a dead mouse not a chain...) However, this gives me hope. Hope that at some point, we will grow out of this "waiting" stage and realize that it's just not worth it to fix stuff over and over. You just go ahead and buy the new one. And give one of your kids the old one to fix..<-
Are we the only ones like this? It's not cheap, I'm pretty sure we can afford at least passable new models of all this stuff. It's more frugal. Or sensible. I'd like to think it makes up for all the half eaten tubes of yogurt I end up throwing out because the little boy who asked for it changed his mind mid-snack...
And- to my boss- please stop asking when I'm going to trade in my 2003 station wagon. It runs just fine. I'm waiting, thanks.