Needless to say, I was kind of heartbroken to learn of this news. I REALLY wanted to learn how to surf immediately. Yet, I still did not feel like spending roughly $1000 on a brand new, hard top surfboard. Even craigslist wasn't helping—their hard top boards all were selling around $800 or more. Yikes.
Just as my dreams of learning how to surf were starting to fade, Sam’s Club yet again gave me new hope. Next to their 6ft boards was a new shipment—of 8 ft soft top boards! Now we are talking! Nine feet would be most ideal for beginners like us, but a board that is totally ride-able for $99? Worth it.
Now of course, before we jump into this purchase, there are still other factors we need to consider, such as how we plan on traveling to the ocean with these gigantic, beastly boards. We could make a contraption to carry them with our bikes and mopeds (many people have this set up), or we could take a mile walk to Waikiki Beach with our boards over our heads (a good workout, but definitely manageable). We have Christmas money to use on two car rentals, so that means we could travel to further beaches a couple of times with our boards as well. Another great discovery we found was just how expensive surf lessons plus rentals are. There was a groupon for surf lessons that was discounted for $90—yikes! We were thinking of taking surf lessons for fun one weekend, but with this price, it seems to make more sense to buy our own boards, teach ourselves, and be able to use our boards whenever we want.
After our justification process, we decided that we definitely wanted to get into surfing. But, this $99 is not going to fall out of the sky and into our hands. We don’t want to go outside budget, so we explored a few option to be able to purchase the boards and still stay in our budgets. Here are a few of our options:
1. Search on Craigslist! So many times in our lives, Craigslist has saved us so much money. We've gotten nearly brand new items for crazy significant discounts. Rule of thumb: always check Craigslist when making large purchases.
2. Sell things we don’t need on Craigslist! (No need to become a hoarder of things we don’t need)
3. Check our other budget categories and make some budget sacrifices. One of the sacrifices we plan to make is to only use half of our restaurant budgets for the month. (Really, we could just stop here and easily manipulate our budget categories to allow us to make this purchase. However, we want to see if we can do better!)
4. Mechanical Turk!!! Turking, we have found, is a great way to save up money and not feel guilty about purchases in the name of fun. It’s a website that allows you to accept small tasks (like taking surveys) for monetary compensation that you can deposit right into your bank about (My review of Mechanical Turk is coming soon!)
The options I have listed above are the guidelines we follow pretty much every time we make a large purchase that does not fit into our regular budget. It allows us to save quite a bit of money in the process—and stick to our budgets. Now, off to save and shop for a surfboard!