…and what I try to do about it
Today’s post comes to you from Anne of Money Propeller:
There are some things that seem to have a death wish when they are around me. I don’t know what it is, but boy, can it really get expensive sometimes! Breaking some of these things is just an annoyance, but for others, it gets expensive quickly.
When you break things, the costs are in more than the initial item’s cost. There’s the initial, “oh crap, I broke it” emotions, the frustration that you now have to clean up the mess, or deal with the breakage, the decision to replace or not replace the item, the researching (in some cases) on what you are going to replace the broken item with, the time to go to the store and order the item, come home, unwrap it, clean the new one and finally be done. That’s a whole lot of wasted time, emotion and money.
Here are 5 things I break that cost me money:
This is a big bad doozie. I think it is written somewhere that a wine glass must break once per year. When we had IKEA wine glasses, this was just a pain. Now that we have Riedel and Orrefors glasses, there is also a cringe due to the cost (and the annoyance of cleaning up shattered glass that finds its way halfway across the house!).
Here’s the catch: I tend to break glasses the next day. Yes, you read that right. Most of the time, I can’t blame the contents of the wine glasses for their shattering. I often break them while cleaning up. Generally, knocking them over when I’m reaching for something else.
Dirty wine glasses go in a line along the back of the counter. That way, I’m not reaching over and around them to grab other dishes or things. It’s not perfect, but it’s a tiny, tiny change that can save me up to $50 a pop!
When I was a teenager, I accepted that I would spend around $100 on sunglasses every year. I had a favourite style of Ryder sunglasses that ran around $50. The hinges weren’t fantastic at being bent backward, most sunglass hinges aren’t, and I had them with me constantly. I discovered early on in my life that my blue eyes are quite sensitive to sunlight and that sunglasses were a simple solution.
When I wasn’t wearing those sunglasses, I’d hook them on my shirt, for storage, or through a necklace.
Bike Inner Tubes
You’re probably thinking, “Anne, bike inner tubes are disposable, why are they on the list?” This is to share an experience with you, where slight misuse of an item can cost you money.
Downhill bike tubes are about $12 each. For a while, my spouse was getting a flat tire every single day of downhill biking. It was starting to get extremely frustrating. Being halfway down a trail, with a flat tire, is a pain and by the time you get to the bottom, go to the tools, take the tire off, etc. it’s at least an hour’s project. Not fun.
$24 a weekend in bike tubes also isn’t fantastic. Then one day, we learned that my spouse should keep the PSI toward the higher end of the range. It turns out, when my spouse bought the bike, our friends who suggested a PSI, were suggesting numbers that worked for them. They were all pretty small people, definitively smaller than my spouse. Well, it turns out inflating the tires an extra ten PSI stops them from popping.
Since learning that, only one bike tube has ruptured. That’s saving us at least $100 and several hours, a summer, all for a few more pumps!
This is one that really gets pricey. Currently, I own three digital cameras. I know that seems excessive! I have a propensity to drop digital cameras, usually, on concrete. They are not very good at being dropped on concrete, let me tell you. I’ve also been walking a few inches in the ocean and had one big wave come and soak my waist. Another time, on the same trip, I took my camera sand boarding. You can imagine how well that went. The same camera survived all of that, but just barely. As soon as I was settled, I ordered a new one. One where the lens could protract and retract, and the screen displayed on more than half.
Thankfully for me, cameras have been getting tougher! My latest point and shoot is “shockproof” and waterproof. I’m hoping that means it lasts a lot longer than its predecessor, which sits in a drawer. The panel pops off the last one, after I dropped it on the very last day of a nearly 3 month trip.
Do you know those ziplock twist-and-lock round containers? I love those things because they seal so well, making them perfect for fruit salad and the likes. Unfortunately, those hard tops are very prone to cracking. Most recently, I had one shatter on me when I knocked it out of the freezer by mistake. That particular one contained an ice cream topping made up of ground nuts, chocolate and coffee. It did a grand jb of getting all over my kitchen.
My spouse also does a fantastic job of leaving lunch containers of the trunk of the car for an extra day or two. Now, that doesn’t seem like it is very long, but when it is the dead of summer, mold starts growing in a second. Often with those containers, I don’t even bother opening them, they go straight to the trash. (Normally, if I am throwing one out for mold or because it is broken, I rinse it off and put it in the recycling.)
I don’t quite have a solution yet to my Tupperware problems, but boy do they cost me money!
Let’s also not talk about that one week where I shattered a bottle of BBQ sauce on the floor and two days later my spouse dropped a homemade jar of salsa. There was definitely something in the air that week!
Do you have a propensity to break things and say “Crap, that cost me money!”?
Anne loves to travel, even if it means having to buy new cameras on occasion. She also has a love of bagels with thick cream cheese, and her two blogs (and counting!) Unique Gifter and Money Propeller. Come hang out with her on twitter @ugifter, she’s on there a lot.