Monday, May 17, 2010

$40

I worry a lot about money. When I consider buying something, cost is almost always a major factor. We 'rent' our movies from the library because it is free. I can't remember the last movie I paid to see in a theater. I rarely pay to eat out. Other than the one work related activity every month, I can count on one hand the number of times I have eaten out in the last year or two.

I'm cheap and I am very deliberate where my money goes. We make a conscious effort to spend less on gas and electricity and we conserve water the best we can. I am cheap and I have been called a raging tree hugger. I am OK with both descriptions. But when the gas gauge in the car approaches 'E', no matter what else is going on, I go drop $40 to fill it with unenvironmentalism. How is it that something that I am against in so many ways have such control over my life?

4 comments:

Heffalump said...

Well at least it's only $40! We just bought a 12 passenger van (we won't fit in a smaller one once #7 gets here) and it was $85 to fill it.

Gail said...

Think how amazing you are doing with the bike and how much that saves your family...$40 in perspective seems pretty good then!

Emily A. W. said...

Cause you haven't converted to electric? You are the cost conscious tree hugger, which means you wouldn't invest in anything that will save the planet unless it saves you money.

Realistically, you could put solar panels on your roof, go off the grid, and charge your electric car with solar power, but that wouldn't be economically favorable for you for many years/or ever...hence the reason nobody in America does it either.

I wish I was rich just so I could save the planet with my solar power ideas, but I'm not, therefore I don't. I think this is a common problem for the world. We literally can't afford to save the planet. Its much cheaper to trash it with our fumes for now.

Anonymous said...

I'm kind of confused. Are you against putting gas in the van? Or, are you against the idea of having a lot of money because you thinks it is bad? Can you elaborate??