by A.B.

Sometimes I think people have learned nothing from the distressing economy. I’ve been looking for a dining room table in our local craigslist. We’ve decided not to run up credit cards on everything we want, but it’s getting a little difficult to cut chicken on our card table.

I came across an ad for the type of table I want but noticed it was priced about the same as it was new. I clicked on it out of wonder (“Is it obscenely good quality?”) and was a little disappointed in the answer. It was almost new, never used because they purchased it shortly before they lost their home (Probably not the kind of people that  compare mortgage rates either)

I’ve considered buying this table before. Brand new, it’s a $300 dining table.

Not to be high and mighty, but I’m standing on the soapbox this morning. If you don’t have a secure place to live, spending hundreds of dollars furnishing it is probably an unwise use of your funds and time. I am not unaware that I am saying this sitting in my house that we bought this year, and some may find that callous. But there have been many times in my life that I had to decide if something was a need, or just something I found nice.