I was travelling on a train last week when two middle aged men boarded and sat down quite near to me. They began chatting to each other in a familiar way and as the conversation progressed one man asked the other about the status of his fishing boat. In reply the other man said that his boat had barely been used since his children had come along. Its lack of use and position in his front yard had caused it to be the target of break-and-enter more than once and was being ravaged by the elements of sun and weather. For all these reasons he had come to a sensible decision and sold the boat before it became worthless to anyone. He continued on with the conversation by telling his acquaintance that whenever he felt the urge to go fishing he simply hired a boat. He followed on with the fact that hiring a boat cost about $80 for a few hours but in the long run that made much more economical sense than owning one of his own.
I very much wanted to lean over and tell the man that I thought he was very sensible, however my daughter, who was sitting between myself and this logical chap, would have ben mortified had I done so. I decided instead to share his story with you.
Do you own anything that you would be better off hiring or borrowing occasionally rather than owning one yourself? Particularly big expensive items that cost money to run, maintain and even register to use.
Today’s Mini Mission
Round up and declutter shoes ~ Do you have shoes in the car, shoes in your bedroom, shoes at both the front and back doors? Why not find a simple solution to keep the bulk of them in one area.
Eco Tip for the Day
If you use a dozen eggs in a week, $2 is about the difference between…
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It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow