Saving up for an air conditioner

What was your first job? My first job was cutting people’s lawns. That seems very antiquated these days, I know! Back then there were not a lot of residential lawn care companies, and most people had to mow their own grass. I was a teenager, too young to drive, so I dragged my old lawnmower around behind me on my bike, going door to door asking if anyone needed work done. I was lucky if I made ten bucks for mowing a big lawn, and I would usually only get five. I worked very hard, because I wanted enough money to buy my own air conditioner before the dog days of summer arrived. You have to remember that this was over 20 years ago, and since then the technology of the HVAC industry has grown by leaps and bounds. Back then there were no programmable thermostats or anything like that, the heating and cooling equipment was a lot simpler. That doesn’t mean it was cheaper, though! Oddly enough, it costs about the same back then as it does now for a small, window-mounted air conditioning unit. I met my goal, raised enough money, and had my mother drive me to the hardware store so I could pay cash for my own air conditioner. When you have to work hard for something it means a lot more, and I have to say that for one summer, that air conditioner was the greatest thing in my life! To this day whenever I go to a hardware store I always check their prices on air conditioners, just out of curiosity.
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