Meredith over at Like Merchant Ships is asking people to share stories of purchases they regretted. Sadly, I have no trouble thinking of a few. In the kitchen dept, it would be the juicer and the bread machine, neither of which I have used in the last year or so. Hubby advised strongly against the juicer, but I was bent on it. I did use it some when my son broke his jaw, but mostly we eat our fruit whole instead of squeezing the life out of it and sticking the drippings into a glass.
In the ‘bigger items’ department, I’d have to mention our horses. My husband wasn’t thrilled about that purchase either– guess I really ought to listen to the man– he’s got good instincts! We just got rid of the last horse last month, after having 1-2 at a time around for nearly a decade. For a very brief time, one of my daughters actually used the horses (after begging non-stop for 3 years to have one!). But most of the time they were just ‘pasture ornaments’ as my husband says — AND money pits, of course. I don’t think we’ll be talked into horses again. If our younger girls show an interest, we’ll tell them to save their money til they have their own place.
Currently we are trying to decide about a swimming pool. Last year we had a 10 ft by 30 inch pool with an inflatable upper ring. It was awesome and the kids enjoyed it so much, but it has now died. (I think it lasted 2 summers– not bad for $40.) We are toying with the idea of getting something big– above-ground, but in the range of 18 feet across and 4 feet deep. That would be more like $500, besides the cost of fencing, since we’d need to make it 3-year-old-proof. Oh, and we would probably want a little deck along one side of it. At least another $500. Pretty expensive, but from our experience last year, I KNOW the kids would be in it every day, probably a couple times a day. We live a bit out of town, so it would be really nice to have a really fun thing to do right here at home. And what a fun thing to invite friends to do. It’s just hard to know if it is too extravagant a purchase, esp given the added hazard for the 3 year old. We’d really have to watch her like hawks, and if soomething ever happened. ….I can’t go there. On the plus side of the pool, my husband is leaning towards getting one. And we should be getting that tax incentive soon…but wouldn’t it be better to pay down our mortgage? Decisions, decision…..
How about you? Have you made any purchases you regret? Have any you’re waffling over right now?