We’ve had to buy a lawn mower. Vince sold the mower in Texas and for what we’re paying here to have grass cut, a 52″ cut zero turn mower will pay for itself in a bit over two years but that doesn’t count the wife having to bite her tongue because the grass needs cutting. The grass cutter shows up, without fail, on Wednesday. It rained yesterday and he’s here today and the yard looks fine. Vince had said he would continue with the lawn service but the price went up and they will only do it weekly without about a 30% extra charge for every other week. Here, it really needs to be cut every week and I understand . . they need to be cutting grass every moment of daylight to be earning what they want to earn but $75/week adds up with six full months of grass cutting here.
Vince bought his first car in 1974, bought it brand new, and paid less for it than he’s having to pay for a lawn mower. Yes, wages have gone up since then but so has everything else.
My parents built their first home in 1960, three bedrooms, two baths, air conditioned, brick with a one car carport. For what that cost them, they could now buy two lawn mowers.
We think we’re doing better with the higher income these days but when you factor in all the things we have now that we didn’t have back then (internet, cable, cell phones . . just to name a few), and the cost of everything being higher . . are we really doing better? Would I want to go back to days before cell phones? Probably. Days before cable? We don’t have it so I wouldn’t miss it. Days before internet? It would be hard to go back after having had it but you never miss what you don’t know.
I think about things like quilting fabric and when I first started quilting obsessively, very expensive quilt shop fabric was $4.99 per yard.
I suppose in a way we (at our house) do think more about things we buy these days. We still buy too much little stuff, which adds up but it’s the big things, like lawn mowers, that really make us realize how much things have gone up. I always disliked the term “fixed income” because, for the most part, we’ve always had a fixed income. The employer told us what they would pay and if we needed a car or had a medical bill to pay, they didn’t care. We couldn’t go to them and say “We have to buy a car. We need more pay for the next three years!” We got what we got. Short of finding a new job with higher pay . . we got what they paid. Not much difference from social security. For many years, we’ve known what we would get during retirement.
Nothing we can do to change any of it. Not complaining but the cost of lawn mowers was a bit of a reality check.
What are things you would miss if we were suddenly thrust back into the days of our youth? Of course we would all miss the advances made in medicine although some days I think herbal cures, not eating fast food and drinking soda might help us all with our health.
I would miss curbside grocery pickup or home delivery of groceries. I would miss the internet tremendously – being able to search for things, read reviews, ask questions and get immediate answers. We would probably all miss more than we can comprehend. Thank goodness . . we don’t have to go back to those days and anything we feel isn’t cost effective or worth the price . . we can just do without.