GrampaStamper here … I’ve got a bone to pick with you ladies …
Yesterday, we were watching “Sarah’s House” on HGTV. For those of you who haven’t seen this program, it’s about Sarah and her house and how she’s renovating it.
I used to think my DW was the only one who had trouble with mathematics but something came up in that program that caught my attention. Let me give you the short version …
Sarah is renovating her house. She noted that many, if not most, of her neighbours had backyard pools so she too wanted a pool. Her reasons were more towards enhancing the value of the property rather than “keeping up with thee Jones”. That’s a good thing. She was given a ‘rule-of-thumb’ of 10% of the property value for a pool. I forget the actual property value but it was between $550K and $650K. Being the TV renovating queen she is, she figured she could do this for $20K. She had plans drawn up and all was right with the world. Then the actual costs started to hit her with silly things, like local bylaws for fences. The estimate was soon just over $76K. She dutifully scaled her plans back and ended up with a backyard pool and cabana for $56K and … get ready … she shamelessly pronounced she SAVED $20,000!
Yes ladies, she SAVED $20,000!
She overran her budget by $36K and even overran the ‘rule-of-thumb’ by some $20K but she claims a WINNING DEAL!
Now my DW is something like that and Lord knows how much I’ve SAVED over the years but now I find this is bigger than just my DW!
My DW once bought a medium-expensive dress BECAUSE AN ACCESSORY WAS FREE! She SAVED money! Foolish me, I just thought the money went away but no … we SAVED again!
I think if you all look back at your own recent purchases, you may also find you SAVED money by buying something on sale. Well, let me give you all a short lesson in mathematics:
Joe the Plumber gets a FREE sample faucet and decides to replace his old faucet. Let’s say the retail price is $100. He does the work himself in just under 2 hours, in his spare time and so the job costs nothing. How much has Joe the Plumber saved?
Answer: NOTHING! He didn’t need the faucet in the first place!
Anything greater than NOTHING is SOMETHING!
It is ANTI-SAVING; it is UNSAVING!
It is SPENDING!
You NEVER save when you buy something! You might spend less than your neighbour for the same goods but you NEVER SAVE!
SAVING is when you PUT THE MONEY AWAY SOMEPLACE!
There are a few exceptions though:
- Buying hundreds of dollars of fishing gear to catch three pounds a year is considered acceptable.
- “Pimping out” your tractor is not considered excessive as long as the accessories are bought from a hardware store and not a trendy 'lifestyle emporium'.
- God made hops and malt and so when your DH wants a beer, help him along with his religious experience and run to the store and buy him beer and sing HALLELUJAH!
There may be an additional exception or two but you'll have to ask your DH for the details ...
Well, that’s my opinion of ‘gender specific spending’. Or at least, that’s my opinion until told otherwise by my DW!