Even though we’re still trying to avoid “lifestyle inflation”, we find that there are certain things that once you achieve, they are very, very hard to give up. Here’s just a few:
Living in a house, as opposed to an apartment
We started renting a single-family house two years ago, as opposed to a duplex or apartment complex. No more worrying about loud parties, television speakers, stomping feet, or people stealing my mail. No longer do I curse the invention of 5.1 surround sound and cheap speaker systems with subwoofers. I really don’t want to live in a condo again, but maybe I just need to live in nicer buildings than I used to…
Now I have to worry about not getting used to having too much square footage. I don’t think that’ll be a problem where we’re living, though.
Having your own washer and dryer
After having our own washer and dryer in the house, I don’t think I have ever go back to lugging 30 pounds of dirty laundry to the laundromat every few weeks. But somehow I did it for 7 years with no real ill effect. Of course, I did have to buy 30 pairs of boxers for those busy times when I couldn’t find time to make the trip.
A few months ago I was actually trying to cancel my wireless service completely and have one less monthly bill, but I couldn’t pull the trigger. It’s actually pathetic how I use cell phones as a crutch for everything. Instead of actually making solid plans with people, everyone just wings it – “I’ll call you.” Instead of getting an address and using a map, you just call your friend once you get somewhere in the vicinity. I called a free 411 service about ten times this month alone when trying to find restaurant hours or locations. Good thing I found the Sprint SERO plan!
TiVo or other Digital VCR
I could probably live without cable TV, but if I have cable TV, I would need TiVo. I can’t really explain it. Just the idea of planning around commercial breaks or remembering to tape something every week seems completely alien to me now.
Is there an appliance, service, or other seemingly small thing that you now can’t live without?
By Jonathan Ping | Frugal Living | 6/16/07, 5:23am