Entries from February 2009

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Spending a Lot on Stuff We Take for Granted

photo figure credit: Remy Sharp A week or so after our new tenants moved in, it was reported to me that their toilet wobbles.  A quick inspection found that the screws that hold the toilet down were not tight, so I tightened them.  It took about 2 minutes in total to diagnose and fix the problem. […]

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Fix, Don’t Pitch

photo figure credit: MITBeta In the spring of 1998 as I prepared to graduate from college, I made a classic personal finance blunder: I bought a $1500 surround sound receiver on my credit card.  At the time I was earning about $240/week before taxes, which means that I really could not afford this stereo.  It […]