:::: MENU ::::

Browsing posts in: Personal Finance

The Supply and Demand of Exercise Equipment…


It seems like there are two camps during this pandemic. The ‘curl up in a comfy blanket and binge watch Netflix while eating a giant bag of Cheetos until everything passes’ crowd and the ‘workout, workout, workout, eat a kale salad, workout until you feel normal again’ crowd.

I certainly enjoyed those Cheetos.

My husband and I had gym memberships so I am used to working out but I worked out less since I had to do it at home and I loved those Cheetos a little more. Like I mentioned a few weeks back, I had to change my diet when my yoga pants started feeling a bit snug.

I started running and it turns out, I love it. Really. Truly. Love it. I know it’s terrible for every single bone and joint in my body (my mother, my neighbor, and anyone with sense loves to tell me how bad it is for me) but at this particular moment, I don’t care. I’ve been running 60 – 70 miles a week…until now. I don’t know what on earth I did, but I messed up my knee. My running days are taking a hiatus.

Unwilling to hang up my running shoes, I decided I’d buy an elliptical machine. Those aren’t expensive right???

Yes. I’ll wait until you stop laughing.


Holy cow those things are outrageously expensive! Naturally I head over to looking at ads for used ones in my area. There’s got to be plenty right?!? Maybe I can find a free one?

Yes, again, I’ll wait until you stop laughing.

I called my brother, a notorious lover of garage sales, and shared my desire to find a piece of exercise equipment. When he stopped laughing (and he laughed a LONG time), he shared that the pandemic has made everyone exercise at home and equipment is being picked up for way more than it’s actually worth. He recommended I wait until this all blows over. Apparently, if you want exercise equipment, DON’T BUY NOW! If you are looking to sell equipment, SELL NOW!

In the meantime, I switched over to free workouts from Youtube and *sigh* walking. This week, I found myself thinking more on my walks. Taking in the slower pace. It gave me a moment to consider that I was trying to create normalcy in this mess and I wasn’t going about it the right way. Our house is too tiny for an exercise machine and I have no business spending money right now. I was looking for an easy button.

I’m guessing there are lots of you out there in the same boat. Maybe it’s not exercise equipment. Maybe it’s something else. Take a breath. Take a moment. Pause. Are you spending money because you think it will make you feel better?

It won’t.

This will pass. Let’s wait for the storm to be over.

We will run again.

Grateful that I Rent


I was reminded this past week, once again, how grateful I am that I still rent. After two days in the mid-80s, I broke down and turned on the air conditioning a couple of nights ago in order to sleep without sweating. It immediately started blowing.

I wandered around the house turning off the fans and closing all the windows and doors. Then I went to bed.

Two hours later, I woke up sweating! I checked the A/C control unit and it was 80+ in the house and the setting was set to 75. Ugh!

I turned it off and went back to bed, knowing I would literally sweat the night away.

When I woke up the next morning, before I called my landlord, I decided to give it one more try. I switch the A/C on and then walked out back to see if the unit was running. It was humming, but the fan on top was completely still. I hit it and it started right up!

The A/C guys have me those directions the last time they were here. And they have been here every single summer since we lived here. (We’ve been here 3 years last month.)

I did go ahead and call our landlord and let him know that we now have a “manual start” A/C unit. He said that if it happens again to let him know and he will get someone out here. I was just glad it started. The last couple of 80+ degree weather days have been much more pleasant with A/C.

But what I was really grateful for was that I do not have to worry for one second the cost of fixing or worse replacing our A/C unit! And that is worth it’s weight in gold. Here’s to renting for the foreseeable future!

On a side note, Princess and I  sat down and worked out that when she graduates next year, this will be the longest we have ever lived in any one house since her dad and I split 13 years ago. We have moved 9 times in those 13 years.