Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: What was the first thing you ever saved your own money for? Did you end up buying that thing? Was it all you hoped it would be when you finally bought it?
Wendy Thomas: The first thing I remember really saving up my money for was my shiny VW black beetle. I bought it for $750. God, I loved that car. It smelled wonderful – like hay and adventures. That thing would go miles and miles on a drop of gas and it gave me the independence I needed at a time in my life when independence was starting to be important. My beetle also impressed upon me the importance of acknowledging that you can’t do it all. I remember not being able to get the gears right in order to move my car up a steep hill and I had to ask a young man in another car to help me. It was humbling, but it also was empowering and taught me to ask for help when I needed it in order to get done what I needed to get done.
My parents ended up selling that car when I was away at college, to this day I still mourn its loss.
Julie Hennrikus: Why is this question stumping me? I didn’t buy a car until I was in my 40’s. (I inherited my first car from my grandmother, and drove it into the ground.) My first computers were all cast offs from different places. The answer that come to mind is my first house. It took forever to save up for the down payment, and then I started looking in my price range, which was another journey into disappointment. But eventually I found a wonderful little fixer upper, and fixed her up. Which was extra saving up, for appliances, new floors, paint jobs. But all well worth it.
Diane MacKinnon: The first thing I remember saving up for is a pair of skis. But I actually saved up for two pairs because my (twin) sister didn’t have skis and what was the point of me having skis if she didn’t? I made good money waiting tables and catering the summer before college so in August of that year Donna and I went ski shopping. We were all ready when ski season came along! We were able to spend a week skiing with friends that winter during winter break. It was bitterly cold but we were out there from the time the lifts opened until the shadows lengthened across the mountain and the lifts were closed as we passed them on our last run of the day. It was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
Lisa J. Jackson: It was 1 of 2 things – my first 10-speed bicycle or my first boom box — remember those LARGE radios?? I just had to have one for whatever reason. I remember the bicycle the most, making payments on layaway at a local bike shop. And then the day I got it was so thrilling. It was a dark blue ‘boys’ style 10-speed.
I saved up from working in the shoe department at a Woolco’s…if my memory is any help. It was that or a small local grocery store where I cashiered. But I do love having had saved up and purchased the things I wanted. I was quite empowering.
Deborah Lee Luskin: I saved up for my first ten-speed bike when I was sixteen – and then rode it from southwestern Connecticut to southeastern Vermont in four days, with my then thirteen-year old brother and two friends. Both events – buying my own bike and riding it across state lines – were empowering and prophetic. I still love to ride, and now I live in Vermont.