Note To Self: Remember To Ask People Whether You Can Borrow The Item You Need

Yesterday I explained our plans for our mini break. I also decided to check out how much it would cost to rent a bike. Phew, these things go for €10 a day! So that would come to €20 a day for the both of us and €60 for the duration of our mini break. Since I have a really good bike and my husband was given my father’s bike (he’s got an electrical bike now, it’s all the rage here in The Netherlands) I couldn’t really see the point in renting bikes which are probably crappier.

However, I didn’t know how to tag these bikes along. I was already checking out bike carriers on Craigslist when I suddenly remembered the fact that my parents actually have a bike carrier. You can attach this thing onto the tow bar of your car, put the bikes on it and off you go. I phoned my father and we can borrow his bike carrier. He hardly ever used the thing anyway.

Another reminder and lesson learned. I really need to train myself in thinking that all the stuff I’d like to use is already out there. Just ask people whether you can borrow it when you need it. I have now learned that we do not need to go out and buy our own bike carrier.

What’s with the notion that you have to own everything you “need”? It’s so much better for the environment and your finances to share.


Mrs EconoWiser


2 thoughts on “Note To Self: Remember To Ask People Whether You Can Borrow The Item You Need

  1. Valhalla

    Lot of people have those things in their garage or attics for just in case…. someone need them. We are so used to buying, which is really stupid, actually…..

    1. econowiser Post author

      It is very stupid indeed. There’s so much stuff. I am really happy with the fact that our neighbourhood has a Facebookpage and people ask for things to borrow all the time. It’s great!


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