Spending more is okay sometimes!Posted: May 15, 2012
On Saturday, I was doing my laundry as I knew I was going to be busy on Sunday which is our normal laundry day. (Side tangent: I told my fiancé (still exciting to say this!) that I was going to be doing this and he replied “that’s a great idea”. Fast forward to this morning when he tells me that his pants weren’t washed because I didn’t tell him I was doing the laundry until it was too late. (Keep in mind that we do share chores but I tend to wash it and he helps fold it.) I laughed at him and repeated back to him what he said. My answer was silence and a sheepish smile) Moving on from that long little rant, I made a stop in the bathroom and kitchen to pick up items that needed to be washed.
In the bathroom, I grabbed our bathmats and the shower curtains. In the kitchen, I grabbed the table cloth and place mats. I love how my shower curtains, table cloth and place mats are all machine washable. When I was living in the original place with my fiancé, and 2 other guys, the guys didn’t understand why I spent all that money on the fabric ones for the shower rather than just spending the little bit for the plastic curtain.
I tried to explain that while I spent $35 dollars all at once, (even though we were just barely trying to come out of debt and start saving money) that I was actually saving money in the long term. Where I live, we get really icky water stains and a plastic curtain was only lasting a month or so before you had to get rid of it (even with scrubbing the plastic) because it was just scummy looking/feeling. They couldn’t understand why when they only spent $5 at the most every two months (well, less because we also took turns rotating who was buying) whereas I spent $35 ALL AT ONCE. But I bought the curtains, put them up and threw out the yucky ones on my turn. About 3 or 4 months later, I was moving out and I packed up my curtains after texting the roommates to let them know they would have to get one to replace it. Sure enough, the next morning, a fabric curtain was up! Apparently, they liked how easy it was to clean the fabric one. Every week or so, I just washed the curtains and they were as fresh as ever. Since I was already doing laundry, I wasn’t even spending any extra to wash them.
I did the same thing for a table cloth. I looked at the plastic ones and then decided I’d rather go the fabric route. I am not so worried about ripping it or getting it dirty—I just toss it in the laundry and it’s good to go.
So yeah, I spent money that could have been put into savings or debt repayment on some fabric curtains/table cloth but I don’t regret it. I think it was a smart decision to make as it saves me more money in the long run! I actually bet that if I was to divide out the cost that it would be mere pennies due to how much I use the items 🙂