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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Great Toaster Debate....
So, with the Money Dare, I've been doing well so far. No unnecessary purchases, though the winter gear on clearance at Target almost did me in. I could always use another pair of stretchy gloves!

I've always, always, always been a sucker for the clearance rack. My favorite? The endcaps at Target. It was one evening, shortly after moving home to Minnesota in 2001 that the BFF and I went to Target and I found this little toaster oven on a clearance endcap.

Total cost? $8

It's done well. It's toasted my toast, warmed my left over pizza, and crisped up anything else that needed crisping. But sadly, we've had a falling out. Something is up with the heating element and needless to say, it isn't doing it's job anymore. So, here it sits. In the garage to be recycled this spring with the city wide appliance recycling program.

I am now officially without a toaster
I'm trying really, really hard not to buy a toaster.
The broiler on the oven works just fine (or so I tell myself now).

It isn't that I can't afford a toaster. I can.
It isn't that I think we should wait to register for a toaster and have someone else get it for us. That's not the point.

The point of this experiment is to see what you can do without. Having a toaster is nice, of course. But so far....I've been OK without a toaster. After all, the thing hit the skids about 3 weeks ago. If we really wanted a toaster, we would have gotten in the car and drove to Target that day to get one.

But we haven't.

Have you ever noticed this....something breaks or you put it out of site and you find that you really don't need it after all?

It's sorta odd and liberating all at the same time.

**edited to add: So.....I wrote this on Saturday evening and set it to auto post. On Sunday, the Big Guy and I met his parents for breakfast. As we were driving to the restaurant he said, "Oh, I asked mom and dad if we could borrow the toaster from their camper until we register for one."

I instantly thought, "Well, there goes THAT blog post!"

I told him that was fine and his reply was, "I'm really liking this idea of not buying anything new!"

Who knew I had an influence!


Rebecca Jo said...

You're a stronger woman than I... its at points like this I'd crumble... I'd totally go out & buy a new toaster... I suck, I know! :)

hulagirlatheart said...

Hee hee. We haven't cleaned out the garage and attic at our old house yet, and I'm hoping it convinces Hubby we no longer need those items. I'd sure like to haul that stuff to the dump/recycling center/Salvation Army instead of moving it to the new house.

PS. Don't you hate it when family ruins a good blog post.

Christian Mommy Writer said...

I'm transitioning my mind to this kind of thinking too! Good luck on not trying to buy something new! :-)

Thanks for visiting me on my SITS day!

Two Blessings From Above said...

I asked for a toaster for Christmas and never got it! I need a new toaster so bad. Good luck on not buying anything, that would be very hard for one year!

Tracy Griffin - Artist said...

I saw three brand new toaster ovens at Savers over the weekend! Had I known you were in the market... no, they weren't even used! $5 each.

Caren said...

Kelley...that was awesome. I love that you guys are working towards a goal together and even though it isn't always easy...you carry on.

Cracked me up that the Big Guy was thinking right along with you.

And...I LOVE the end caps at Target. Never know when you come across a treasure.

Thanks for your comments...back to the surgeon tomorrow to see what is going on!