It's been a rough month already - our digital camera broke, my little boy had back-to-back trips to the emergency room, property taxes are due next month, we spent $170 on my dog's arthritis medication (yes, my dog's arthritis medication which she needs to be on for the rest of her life). So, when the microwave went kaput this weekend I told my husband we'd just do without.
To me the microwave is a nice convenience, but not a necessity. I guess that comes from not having one myself until after I got out of college; however, my husband has had one since they first were on the market (and as big as chest freezers) so he was in a panic without it. The day after it broke he called me at work and told me "I don't think I can get around not having a microwave" - I could almost imagine his hands were sweaty and his stomach was in a knot - that's how concerned he sounded. Like a junkie looking for his next hit. It's a MICROWAVE for crying out loud!!! So I suggested we put a WANTED posting on Freecycle and see what happened. Within 24 hours we had a new (used) microwave in our kitchen. While it isn't as nice as our old one (or as powerful) it's a microwave and life can now go on. The lady that answered our post lived two blocks from us, can you believe it? I'll say it again: I LOVE Freecycle!