I like coffee; not any coffee that comes as a powder from a jar but proper, creamy, strong espresso. One of the few things I brought to England twenty years ago, apart from a suitcase of clothes, was a coffee percolator – only because I could not possibly carry a whole, big espresso machine. It is not only me – my husband and my oldest son like good espresso, albeit a bit less strong and with milk. Still rich and creamy! This is why we have Krups espresso coffee machine (the one on the picture) and all was well until last February its pump broke down.
To mend or not to mend, this was the question. Giving credence to our sensibilities (what about the environment, the landfills are filling too fast as it is, let’s save the resources of the planet, kind of thing) we decided to mend. We believed that mending our coffee machine also made financial sense: many personal finance management gurus will have us believe that mending our possessions and looking well after them saves money.
Having our coffee machine repaired took a good day of research to find a service; at least seven (!) phone calls to repair place to arrange delivery, to be informed that they are waiting for a part, to arrange sending of water container forgotten by repair shop (twice) and five months from start to finish. Today we had the first espresso made by this machine since February.
In fact, this is what having our espresso coffee machine repaired really costs us:
|Cost of having the coffee machine repaired||£57|
|Cost of John’s time to organise this||£400|
|Increased use of coffee by other machine (5 x £3)||£15|
Now, this is about twice as much as we paid for our espresso machine when it was new and today will, just about, get us a brand new Bean to Cup Krups espresso machine.
Does repairing appliances make financial sense? Certainly not! But if you ask me whether I’ll do it again – probably yes. Because of my financial sensibilities rather than my financial sense! I meant every word I said about landfills and the resources of the planet, you know.