One Place To Spend Your Money If You Have It

So far we've had pretty good luck with the things we've picked up on Craig's List. The one place I would spend more money if I had it is on labor. I'm pretty excited about the carpeting we picked up. I finally saw it the other day laying in the living room and hallway. It's amazing how much homier the mobile home feels with just the addition of a carpet. Where I'm having a problem is getting it actually tacked down. I had advertised for a carpet layer on Craig's List, and of course took the lowest bid. We all know the saying "You get what you pay for". When the gentleman answered my ad, he sounded as if he could get it done right away. As it turns out he comes to me to do the carpet after he works another job putting on a roof somewhere else. By the time he gets to me he doesn't have much time left, either because he's got some emergency at home or because it's getting dark, etc. Evidently his bid was low enough not to motivate him to get me taken care of. This is a problem for us as we are under a time limit and are waiting for the carpet to get laid to move our furniture in. I've paid him in part already for the work already done, but it's like being between a rock and a hard place. I really can't afford to go now and hire someone else to get it finished. I had a long talk with his wife last night and she was going to help motivate him. LOL.

We just picked up a Queen size box spring and mattress that the people took such great care of it, it was wrapped in the original plastic when we went to get it. It's incredibly firm, which my old body will have to get used to, but it's great for my posture. Between the King that we just downsized from and this Queen, I've probably grown 2 inches since our last Queen size bed just by standing up straighter. LOL.

We should be out of here this weekend and living on the other side of the hill by Sunday. It wasn't as fast as I would have liked, but it is what it is. I'm having a heck of a time finding boxes for packing. When we moved in here we gave all of ours away. It's not like the old days where you could drive behind a few stores and pick up tons of boxes. Now they have them all broke down and bundled. It seems the ones listed on Craig's List are gone before I've even seen the ad. Speaking of which, I better get back to packing the boxes we do have. Time is ticking away.

Just remember, if you have a shoestring budget, the one place to spend the money you have is on the labor for things you can't do yourself.

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Anonymous said...

Your right! Boxes aren't what they used to be! BUT!! I found out that if you go to the produce dept. at Lucky or safeway, they might already have or you can ask them to save you some apple boxes. They're sturdy, have lids, and we can't over pack them!! Worth a try!

Lauri Ann said...

Thanks so much for the tip. I love those boxes! LOL. My daughter had brought a few from work and everything I packed in them made it safe and sound.