Friday, February 22, 2013
We had been living in Florida for awhile and I had seen several Pinch-a-Penny stores while driving around the state. At that time their signs read simply, "Pinch-a-Penny," with no further explanation. We did not own a swimming pool back then.
I thought Pinch-a-Penny was, like the name suggested, some kind of discount store.
One day while out for a drive, we saw a Pinch-a-Penny store and I asked my beautiful spouse if we should stop and see what was on sale. She said, "Sure!" Hah! When we got close, we realized that it was definitely not a discount store but rather an outlet for pool and spa supplies.
Chagrined, we drove away and didn't go back until one day some 20 years later when we foolishly bought a home that included a swimming pool. Perhaps you've heard the expression: "A swimming pool is nothing more than a hole in the ground into which you pour money. " That's the truth!
And yes, we became very familiar with Pinch-a-Penny. We filled their cash registers with a substantial amount of our money for chlorine and all the other chemicals a pool requires on a regular basis. We gave Pinch-a-Penny money for filters, for pool gadgets, for thermometers...and the list goes on and on. Our pool required a new pump, a new filtering system, and the thing had to be patched.
Every once-in-awhile, we swam in it.
Finally, I called a large local pool company and asked what it would cost to fill the damn thing in with dirt. I swear I heard raucous laughter but in a few moments the lady who answered the phone very sweetly informed me that it costs just about as much to fill in a pool as to build a pool. Aaargh!
We no longer own a pool. We now have a hot tub/spa. On the lanai (patio). It's much less labor- and chemically-intensive. But I'm still giving money to Pinch-a-Penny to keep the hot tub afloat - about $400 in the past three weeks. Is that a good deal or what?