As those who own houses know, unless you have unlimited financial resources, there is a constant game of either/or going on. Either replace the windows are redo the kitchen. Repave the driveway or replace the gutters. Re-paint the house or go to Aruba.
I was recently faced with a tough choice: hold off on getting a dining room set or hold off on getting a hot tub. We had enough money (or close enough) for either, but not for both. I had been pushing hard for the hot tub, as I have always wanted one and had every intention of getting one a.s.a.p. But then we made the fatal error of going browsing at local furniture stores and came across a quaint little dining room set we really liked. I knew we could buy it on the spot, but it meant tapping into my hot tub fund.
As much as I want a hot tub so bad I’m prepared to sell a lung for one, I had to admit that dining room furniture was much more of an essential item to completing our home set up than a hot tub was; so we went with the dining room set.
This in no way precludes us from getting a hot tub. It simply means we will have to wait until next year to get one. In the meantime, I’ll have to settle for doing web searches for hot tubs on my laptop at the new dining room table. But I don’t plan on wearing any more clothes at the table than I would have in the tub. There are just some compromises I am not willing to make.
(FYI: The new furniture gets delivered next Tuesday, so I’ll hold off on the picture tour until after we get it.)