March 22, 2011

The Cheapskate Ethos

This is Jr, in baby jail

Baby jail is an ugly Pack & Play (that is ugly). It hurts my one good eye and makes the bad one close automatically in self-defense. I sometimes wish it was brown, and had an adjustable mattress and a change table attached.

It was free. (But did I mention that it is ugly?)

Let's start at the very beginning (I hear it's a very good place to start):

I like budgets - as you well know - but we have this budget for reasons that go a little beyond my personal entertainment.

We pay close attention to our money now because:
  1. We didn't used to, and are paying off the tail end of our youthful inattention to detail
  2. We are self-employed, and it would be nice to have money available even if work isn't
  3. We someday hope to not have to pay such close attention
  4. I am personally entertained by it
Which means that wrestling our grocery bill to the ground is important enough to spend my time on. So is turning off the power when we're not using it, wearing slippers and (almost) Bob Cratchit gloves in the winter, and doing our laundry in what feels like the middle of the night.

And although I secretly wish that all my baby gear matched, that it was new, and that I had more of it, I'm glad that I didn't get my way and that it doesn't, it isn't, and I don't.

Not because of any underlying minimalist, non-consumer philosophy. I like new things. I like the newness of them, and I like the thingness of them. I just happen to not like the cost of (some of) them, right now.

Maybe later.