Monday, September 14, 2009

Looking a Few Steps Away, First

Owlhaven posted a link to a blog on "The Cost of Convenience." I recommend reading it.

If we could sit down for tea, there are a lot of things in the article we could talk about. But the one that I want to mention that stands out to me today is this:

We can really cheat ourselves when we decide saving ourselves five or ten minutes is worth an extra dollar or two- because saving a dollar is actually worth more than spending that dollar. You've already paid the taxes on the dollar you save. A dollar you earn is actually only about 70 cents, given taxes on it. A dollar you save IS a whole dollar.

It's so easy to think a purchase is "just a dollar," until you consider what goes into getting that dollar in the first place.

Like Owlhaven, we've recently been "gifted" with a lot of things that means we don't need to open our wallets: clothes (sometimes borrowed, sometimes in trade to others), DVDs/books on loan from the library, internet lessons, using the homeschool supplies we already have instead of buying new...and, of course, the food:

*gifts of apples, pears, plums, cucumbers, eggplant, potatoes, corn (from different people, all within the last few weeks)...even a couple containers of extra orange juice last night from a friend.

*the garden, ripe with: squash, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, broccoli, kale, herbs, grapes

Right now, it's just best to stay far, far away from the store. :) It's tempting to buy convenience,...when convenience is really just a few steps away in the garden. We don't need more new clothes. New books. New toys. New games. We need each other. Also only a few steps away. ;)

Thanks for letting me ramble. Off to pick tomatoes for canning tomorrow... ;)

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