look at this.
this is what one of my oven trays looked like this morning.
I admit I looked at it with actual contempt and decided to quickly go online shopping for a new tray.
Than i remembered just yesterday i took my car to the shop for its checkup and besides the checkup itself which cost me 200$, i was told to S.O.S go get new front tires, and i did , because you know safety above all- and there went another 400$.
Now I did expect the checkup cost-after all I did make the appointment at the car shop and as much as they like me- they do tend to charge me for the checkups -so I included the cost in my monthly planned expenses (and btw in my yearly expected expense report as well) .
But the tire changing is a totally different story.
My car is almost 3 years old, and to be honest, in the past decade, every time the 3-year guarantee expired, I was at the dealer’s buying a new car.
looking back I can’t say I’m very proud of myself, but instead of looking back in anger- I am looking forward in anticipation to see how things will look.
So you understand that 1. I had to change the tires, and 2. I wasn’t expecting that.
Now you may wonder what the big deal is, well I am working really hard on my savings rate, and attempting to reach 75% savings rate per month.
This is definitely not an easy task to accomplish, but next month some 500$ a month i have been putting into a savings account will finally cease to come off my monthly expenses and I hope I will be close to reaching my destination.
the goal is to be able to retire early next year, as I have understood that spending most of my waking hours sitting under neon lights is not beneficial for my skin.
Now let’s get back to the oven tray.
I ended up not even checking how much it will cost to buy a new one, instead of checking if baking soda and some dish soap with hot water will do the job without having to sacrifice my nails.
So I poured a generous amount of baking soda and added a few cups of boiling hot water and some dish soap to the tray- and let it sit for a few hours. then I put on my cleaning gloves and started scrubbing with a scouring pad.
Can’t say it was easy, it took time, and the result is not perfect- but as Bon Jovi said- “we’re halfway there” (just love that song -livin’ on a prayer).
on Sunday my monthly online groceries arrive, including my synthetic vinegar- and this time I will try soaking the tray with baking soda and vinegar, and maybe the rest of the dirt will come off.
I must say I’m proud of myself for not giving up and not opting for the quick and easy solution -just buying a new tray.
the experience taught me a little about saving, a little about respecting the stuff I have already at my house, gave me a little arm exercise, and a chance to enjoy the green cleaning method as well.
I could have easily excused myself by saying “I work all week, no way I’m spending my free day cleaning this thing instead of spending just a few $. my free time is worth more than that”.
This is absolutely true- free time is much more important than money, but I actually saw this as a challenge , and ended up enjoying it- wondering if I could beat the scum and rescue the poor tray- and as you can see I won round 1 and everyone is waiting to see what will happen in round 2. ( maybe “everyone” is a bit of an exaggeration ).
cheers- the cooliflower.