Musical Instruments for Students are really expensive!

I can remember when my sister had to buy an etude eas-100 student alto saxophone for her son, for him to take music classes at school. She was complaining that she had to spend $400 on the thing! After only two years, her son decided to stop playing, and she had spent a lot of money for something that now takes up a lot of space in the closet, gathering dust. I wish that schools had a better system in place for aspiring musicians to borrow (for free) instruments from the school until they know for sure that they will keep up with the instrument. Maybe just put down a security deposit that you get back when you return the instrument. Maybe have to buy your own mouthpiece, but not the entire thing. What do you think?

Getting stuffed

stuffed turkey (free clip art)

stuffed turkey (free clip art)

My wife observed today that Thanksgiving is all about the stuffing. First you stuff the turkey. Then the turkey stuffs you! I thought that was pretty funny! I’ll have to remember that to share with the guys at the Market tomorrow morning as we are all having our morning cup of joe.

I do love Thanksgiving! The house smells good and the food tastes even better! I hope everyone had a great day.

Leather briefcases

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briefcase (free clip art)

I love the feel of real leather. And I love the durability of leather. It’s easy to clean, and with proper care it will last for decades. Caring for it is easy, too – you can wipe up most spills easily without fear of the leather being ruined. When given the choice of leather versus “pleather” I will take the real thing every time (if it’s within my budget to do so!)

Yes, leather can be expensive, but as with just about everything, you get what you pay for. I consider leather purchases when durability is an issue.

Do you have any leather briefcases? My wife gave me one many years ago when I got a promotion at work from a non-management job to a management job. It was a really nice gift, and I used it every day for many years. That briefcase was my constant companion whenever I was doing anything work related. It made me feel important and efficient!

So when my youngest son graduates from college next spring I plan to buy him a leather briefcase too, as one of his graduation gifts. I know that he is planning to pursue a job in policy making and I think that he will appreciate a gift that will last a long time.

Buying a home security system

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security system (free clip art)

Its getting so that almost everyone I know has a home alarm of some kind in their house. My mother-in-law just recently installed a monitored home security system in her place after her next door neighbors house was broken into. We all felt that was “too close for comfort” and encouraged her to put in an alarm system; especially since she is elderly and lives alone in an area where her house is not easily seen from the road. It really could be quite dangerous for her safety if some criminal broke into her home – he could do a lot of damage and no one would know about it!

Going to cash

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cash (free clip art)

I was quite upset yesterday when I went to the store to buy a few items that I needed. I only needed to spend $15, but my wife and I like to use our Discover card to pay for things because we like the rewards that we get every month. I was very upset when the store told me that the credit card was declined because by card was over the limit! The last time I knew, the credit limit was over $11,000 and I had only $2,000 on the card! I pay the bills every month in FULL and ON TIME! I was never notified that the credit limit was dropped, and I have no idea why it was dropped! I called the Customer Service line and they won’t tell me why it was dropped. I am NOT pleased at all, so I guess I’ll be paying with cash when I go shopping from now on, and although I won’t be cancelling the card, they won’t be getting much of my business from now on!