Terry has been encouraging herself to use her blog more by doing a cost-per-use analysis each time she writes. I love this! In terms of my blog, I don't have any worries there. I use it! I'll never lose it!
Well, of course, who knows what the future will bring in terms of this medium and whether I will want to keep on with it until the end of my days. But I have certainly gotten my money's worth out of this hobby. I pay $149.50 per year for this space. I write just about every single day -- and have done so for several years now. Pretty darn cheap hobby. Added benefits: relationships with all of you, trying to keep my powers of observation sharp, thinking of things to write, daily practice in writing, and who knows how many other intangible benefits, or benefits I'm just not remembering at the moment.
But I got to thinking this morning: what about cost-per-use analysis of other things? Like, for example, the rather expensive Vitamix I bought in January, during use of the Clean program, which I still feel was one of the best things I ever did for myself.
OK, then! Another fun thing to do for the blog!
Here is this morning's breakfast drink, which I am drinking as I write this post. It is made of unsweetened almond milk, 2 scoops of Garden of Life Raw Meal powder, a cup of frozen (from my own garden) broccoli, 1/2 banana, a touch of honey, and a packet of Starbucks VIA instant coffee powder, and ice cubes -- delicious and powerful and healthy fuel for my body. I can't tell you how much better I feel on this regimen, though you will notice that I am back to indulging in coffee once a day. If I don't have it in my morning breakfast drink, I have it later in the day.
So back to the cost-per-use analysis of the Vitamix. I received the machine in my home on January 20th, 2011 (thanks to the blog, I was able to pin that down exactly), and have used it at least once per day since that time, minus the three days I traveled to New York, and then adding back in two, because I know that at least twice I have used it more than once per day. So that makes 80 uses. The cost of the (refurbished) machine was $379. (I had a coupon for free shipping, so there was no cost there.) So far, then, cost per use = $4.74.
Pricey! But so very worth it, in my opinion. Several people have asked me if "just any good food processor or blender will work." Well, I don't know about what's out there right now, but I highly doubt it. I certainly know that my older Osterizer just could not cut the mustard (literally). It struggled and the motor would strain and start to smell smoky, and I'd have chunks in my drinks, which makes for a very unpleasant experience. Hiding broccoli or kale in a breakfast drink is lovely -- drinking chunks of broccoli in a breakfast drink, not so much.
There is so much to be said for having the right tool for the job. I don't have the latest iPhone or an iPad or an XBox or a Mac. I have two cheap PC laptops that I need for my work, my car has 105,000 miles on it, and we don't have a flat-screen TV. Many people would choose those things over a Vitamix, and I can (or maybe I can't) completely understand people's choices. I chose to spend my money on something that I hoped would contribute to my health. Everyone's priorities are different. As they say in the chat boards that I stay away from, YMMV (your mileage may vary).
By the end of the year, though, if I keep on using it at the same level I have been -- and I see no reason why I won't, since I am having such great success with the breakfast drinks and how they make me feel -- it'll be down to close to a dollar per use. If I keep that up during the life of this machine (it has a seven-year warranty), it will have paid for itself many times over. There is no way to quantify the benefits it is providing to my health, except for me to say that I feel much better.
What more is there to say, really?
Except that I'm going to use the Vitamix to make this Tuscan Chick Pea and Tomato Soup for dinner tonight. Cost per use of the Vitamix by the end of this day: down to $4.60.