Crazy Things We’ve Done To Hold Onto Our Cash
What is the craziest thing you have done to hold onto your cash? I have quite a few to pick from in my quest to spend carefully and intentionally. One evolved out of a recent kitchen crisis.
The cutlery holder in our dishwasher has been collecting more and more holes. To the point where cutlery would refuse to stay put and fall into the depths of the appliance. At one point only 4 out of 8 sections could actually hold cutlery, which is kind of sad when its sole purpose in life is to hold cutlery.
I called the manufacturer and discovered the replacement part was $85 plus tax, plus shipping, plus you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me charges. Seriously? The dishwasher is only worth about $500, and I couldn’t bear a frugal fail.
Because I believe in spending carefully, we limped along with our semi-functional cutlery holder until that glorious day.
There it was – at the side of the road. A dishwasher just waiting to be picked up as trash. I looked to the left. And looked to the right. (I’m still a bit shy about garbage picking).
I ventured out to casually peek inside.
It’s hard to look casual when you are stalking a dishwasher by the curb. Sure enough this dishwasher had a fully intact cutlery tray.
So I did what every good frugal mama would do. I helped myself. I caused quite a scene as the dishwasher tipped forward violently and kicked me in the kidneys, but I prevailed.
A long soak in bleach and it was good as new. There should be blue ribbons for these moments, no?
Since writing this post, I have discovered other frugal options for my dilemma that did not involve garbage picking such as:
But I have to say, I still like my idea best. Because it was mine. And it worked. And it was free.
Although I will definitely try the zip ties when this one breaks.
What is the craziest thing you have ever done to hold onto your cash? Let us hear it!