As we start to pay down more and more debt, I’ve started to think beyond debt. That’s an interesting idea for me, especially since it isn’t certain to me that we’ll soon be at a place where we are beyond debt for good, but yet my mind wanders to “When we are done with the car and the student loans, we can…” a lot more now than it used to.
We bought an older house, with great space and layout but with slightly older interiors. I’m fine now, my more frugal and reflective self, with things that I thought we would replace right away, like the dated and not-in-good-condition floors in most of the downstairs, and the wallpaper in the front entry that goes up the stairs so I would have to hire someone to take it down, but there are a few things we can’t just ignore. Our house has some updated appliances, but the stove and refrigerator are not among them. Both are a bit over 20 years old and past their predicted life span. One of the things we’ll need to do sooner rather than later is replace both of them, which would make me feel more secure that we won’t be forced to replace them because of a crisis (especially the refrigerator).
But my mind continually wanders from security to comfort. There is one luxury I dearly love, and that is a nice hot bubble bath. Hot. Hot is the key word there. Our water heater is adequate, and at 8 years old not in danger of expiring anytime soon, but I must be frank. I hate it. It doesn’t hold heat. It has a blanket on it already, but it is in our garage (which is cold) and unless it is soon after it has been emptied and refilled, it just doesn’t stay hot.
It’s warm. But I want hot. It’s set high, it doesn’t care. It is warm. We’ve had it serviced and nothing is wrong with it. It just doesn’t provide hot baths upstairs very well at all.
So instead of replacing the security items, I want the comfort one. I want a tankless water heater. I want water to be hot, come out hot, make hot baths, and oh, I want it. A tankless water heater would be a nice thing to have, but definitely not something we need to have at all. Really, ever. Although it would use less energy, not having to heat a tank of water continually. See, I want an earth-conscious thing. That’s why, right?
Good that I have another year or more (hopefully nothing breaks and forces my hand!) to think this over before I figure it out, since debt reduction is a higher priority for us than any of this stuff. I know that needs trump wants, in my head. But my heart says this want is important. I hate lukewarm baths.