While working on my 2011 calendar designs (the first year I’ll have calendars available- YAY!), I found myself wondering on which format to make available- a “download and print it yourself” calendar, or a “printed, packaged and mailed” calendar? Which got me thinking, “What people would rather spend– their time to print and put together a calendar, or their money to have one arrive on their doorstep, finished and ready to use?”
So I posed the question on Twitter and Facebook about which is harder to spend- time or money? I got a few responses. When I rephrased and asked which do you hate to waste more– time or money, people piped up. Interesting how a simple rephrasing drew out so many more responses. I think it’s because “waste” has a sense of loss or regret attached to it.
The responses were divided, although overall, wasting time seemed to bother people more than wasting money. It’s a matter of what people believe they have less of to spend, I think. I’m in the “hates to waste time” camp. We live on one income and are by no means extravagant in our living, but time is the entity that I’m always feeling I’m short on. My husband, on the other hand, hates to waste money and is big on DIY. As a artist/crafter/indie biz chick, I am, too, but I’ve come to realize that sometimes, spending the money is worth it, especially when it’s mindful spending, can make me more efficient, or buys me time for things I deem more important.
At any rate, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who responded and offered an opinion. I love when posts get people thinking and responding; it certainly got me thinking. Not only did I make a decision about the calendars, but this time/money question and its responses are generating ideas for future blog posts.
As for the calendars, I’m leaving the decision up to you. I’ve decided to do a P.I.Y. (print it yourself) calendar for the money-savers (and instant gratifiers) and a readymade calendar for the time-savers. They will even be one for the freebie-loving folks- I’m going to do a monthly wallpaper calendar for your desktop (just as soon as I figure out how to create those- lol!)
So what about you? Which do you hate to waste- time or money?
What kinds of things will you happily spend the money on? What would you rather do yourself than pay for?
Leave me a comment and let’s talk more about this!