Micah asked me an interesting question last night.
“So we’re saving money by borrowing Buffy instead of renting it or buying it. But when do the savings kick in? Are we saving money right now because we didn’t spend it? Are we saving money only as we watch each episode? Did we only save money on the day we borrowed the DVDs?”
Sometimes this sort of thing gives my little brain a run for its money. In circles.
It’s pretty obvious that we’re saving money when we bring in $2000 and spend $1800. Anything we do to avoid spending money in that time period is part of the saving money.
But we wouldn’t be watching Buffy anyway if it weren’t that our friends nagged us into borrowing their collection (and then we got hooked, darn it!). And even if we did want to watch it, we wouldn’t if we had to rent it…we’d look for friends or the library. So are we not saving money at all? Because we never would have spent the money?
Does this ever make your head spin? What do you count as saving money?