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- February 15, 2008 at 3:25 pm #255999Guest
I’ve never had or wanted a dishwasher so I would definitely say its not a need.
People say that if I got one I’d soon be lost without it. Maybe, I don’t know. Iactually find washing dishes kind of relaxing and I also get help with them from
I also don’t have cable. My husband nags me about it because of the lack ofchoice and reception but there is only one company to choose from at the time
(Comcast) and they are just too expensive. We did have them and the service was
unreliable at times. Maybe when there is a bit of competition in the area, thatwill all change?
From: sportsalibi <firstname.lastname@example.org>Date: 2008/02/15 Fri AM 09:25:12 CST
Subject: Budget101.com : Need vs WantWatching the conversations on the list regarding cell phones brought
to mind a question I recently had to ask my daughter in law. She
claims she absolutely NEEDS a dishwasher because it “saves money”.The fact is that they are not even able to pay basic needs such as
housing, utilities and food but she needs a dishwasher to save money
on the water bill. There have been many discussions on many lists Iam on but I am still having problems figuring out how buying a
dishwasher, even an inexpensive one for $350 plus delivery, plus
installation etc saves money. In our area the average conservativewater bill is $30. If a dishwasher “saves” 10% off that bill or $3 a
month it would take 117 months or almost 10 years to pay off the
dishwasher…that is if you pay for it in cash not credit. My thoughthere is she really WANTS a dishwasher and is trying to justify buying
one calling it a necessity.
I have to admit, I love my cellphone and it is really convenientowning one. I like being able to reach anyone at any time I want to
by simply grabbing it out of my purse. Heck, I work very hard and
even feel I deserve having a cellphone. But do I truly NEED thatcellphone??? Well I guess if I had to decide between paying the
electric bill and having a cellphone I would have to say no.
Another thing I really WANT and not NEED is cable TV. Yeah we onlyget crappy reception and only 5 channels and this is our only form of
entertainment but do I really NEED cable TV? Again if it was between
eating and watching TV I would have to say I could live withoutit…if things were really bad I could even sell the TV to pay the bills.
I’m not saying for some people having a cellphone or dishwasher is
purely a WANT because my husband was a self-employed trucker and itwas a necessity for his job. I also have a friend on chemo who uses
her dishwasher to sterilize dishes to keep her from getting infections
but, I just want to clarify in my mind if I make a choice to buysomething is it truly a need vs a want.
We all make choices and I am trying to get out of debt and need to
reflect once in a while why I am in such debt. Do my wants out weighmy needs and cause further debt?
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