It's "8:A~backwards~6 o'clock" again at our place. At least it is according to our oven clock. Our stove has a novel approach to time measurement. (I shudder a bit when it's backwards 6:66 o'clock. While meaningless, it just seems like I could be in a low-budget horror movie and I should be on my guard.)
The oven's timer, hasn't worked in a year, and as you can see in the photo above, the buttons are cracked and ugly. Our oven is also rather approximate with the temperature that it heats up to. It can be anywhere from 50 to 150F off the mark. It gives an unexpected element to baking I would not recommend to anyone.
So why share this with you? Is this the worst Kijiji ad ever, or something?
The reason I'm chatting about our decrepit oven is to talk about a great saving money tactic:
When we have our eye on the prize to meet our finanical goals, we often have to make do.
And that's OK. It's not something to be ashamed of. It's smart. If we replace the things we own with new and shiny things all the time, we are moving ourselves further away from our goals.
Unless your goal - what really matters to you - is to own lots of new and shiny things. Is that yours?
So we are making do with our old oven. The timer doesn't work, so we bought a small $7 digital timer. The oven thermostat lies, so we bought a $5 oven thermometer that sits in the oven and tells us the true temperature. For $12 we aren't adding another debt to our lives.
Is there something in your home you're "making do" with? Good on ya!