Do you ever put off doing things because you worry they will be too expensive? I do this ALL the time. And the silly thing is, my assumptions about cost are not based on fact, they are based on this idea I have in my head that life is just so darn expensive.
So, we had 2 things that we were putting off for a while: getting my engagement ring and wedding band soldered together, and buying the subway tile for our backsplash.
For the jewelery work, I was assuming it would be like $150. Again, not based on fact, but on my own ridiculous expectations. Finally, I talked to my aunt (who works at a jeweler) and she said that for soldering it's usually only $35 to $50. What? I could have done that 2 years ago!
We also got a big shock when we went to purchase the subway tile for our kitchen backsplash. Once again I was assuming it would be upwards of $150 since we want tile from the countertops all the way to the bottom of the cupboards. Guess how much it ended up costing?
Yup, $60 for the tile, the grout, and several accessories. We already had a wet saw and mortar, but we were shocked when our total rang up.
So, through all this I have learned a very valuable lesson. From now on, instead of procrastinating on doing things that need to be done because of money concerns, I will go ahead and price things out right away!
What about you? Have you left any projects undone because of finances?