On February 21, not even two week ago, our washing machine was repaired. The technician replaced a broken pump because coins had found their way into the pump and cracked it. He found $0.83 inside the pump. How much is $0.83 worth? Well, $0.83 can get you $295.60 in washing machine repairs. Not exactly a bargain. Actually, the cost was $310, and fortunately, I had a coupon for 10% off the cost of labor.
I called a family meeting with Hubby and Dem Kids. I had the $0.83 in one hand and the broken pump in the other. I showed them how pocket change had cracked the pump and thereby costed us the equivalent of 4 nights at the movies or 16 pizza nights. Of course, fingers were pointing in every direction to peg the owner of the change. Frankly, I didn’t care to whom the money belonged (for the record, ahem, I use a wristlet and I keep change in one section of it). I just asked that they check their pockets when they undress at night and check all pockets when doing laundry. That’s reasonable, right?
Well, my little show – and – tell was for naught. Since then, as I’ve move clothes from the washing machine to the dryer or out of the dryer, I’ve found a drum tuning key, money clip, and penny. Three different occasions where either Hubby or the kids started the wash.
What the what? What did I say after finding the tuning key and money clip? “Remember to check pockets . . . .”
I know they don’t listen to half of what I say and forget the other half. But, gee whiz, who doesn’t like money and saving money? As a matter of fact, Jay asked if he could have the $0.83 the day I told them about the repair. Ok, he’s only six and a half, so maybe he doesn’t get the irony.
So, I’ve got to think of some clever way to help everyone remember to check pockets. And, I need to save the next appliance repair coupon I see . . . just in case.