Your feet are powerful tools of awesomeness. Many folks know that walking and biking are ways to save stacks of cash. There is a second foot power that is equally as impressive.
Unleash the Feet
Did you know the human foot has over 125,000 sweat glands? This is the highest concentration anywhere on your body. This is often described as a defect or problem. You dear reader are frugal and efficient so you already know why they are there- it’s the only part of the body that moves in a hot sunny day or inside a hot home with no breeze at all. Your do-it-yourself movement creates the do-it-yourself cooling breeze.
Of course this is because the foot is mean to be bare and out there. And a great way to stay cool in summer is to get a pair of sandals and wear them around all the time. By doing so ourselves we found (after a two week adjustment period) we were just as comfortable with the air conditioning set at 82 (27 Celsius) degrees as we were with shoes on at 72 degrees (22 Celsius).
Apply Your New Found Super Power
One can save 3% on your AC bill for each degree you crank it up. That is 30% savings on your bill in the summer months! We have found it’s better – the AC didn’t turn on at all – often for an entire week with our newly discovered foot cooling super power.
In Santa Clara this is about $500 bucks over the course of the summer. Think you can make a set of sandals for the family last ten years? Good. It will net you in $5000 in actual savings. And this will be about $7500 in income you won’t have to earn over that time.
For this to work there is a trick that took as while to figure out. And this is to wear sandals outside all the time. If you don’t your closed shoes will be puddles of discomfort and your core body temperature will rise. And tossing the shoes off at the end of the day in a fairly warm house is of little relief as it is too late. The trick is to stay cool *all* day by using your super powerful and amazing feet and then rake in the savings.
$200 bucks in sandals yields $5000 in ten years that can go towards tuition. That is 25 fold return on investment or an annual return of 90%. Try to do that in the stock market!
As an added bonus you sandaled feet will now take you, in comfort, to other locations. You can turn off the AC and not start the car. You can walk to these things! And while Tesla’s are great, a pair of strap on sandals can make you an instant environmentalist with little upfront investment and increase your health as you work your system. Go you hippie!
And this is not new technology. For further reading check out the 22 verses about sandals in the good book.
And for next winter? No problem – just put an UGG on it!
Here are some helpful links to sites that provide guidance on how to pay for private school.
- Budgets are sexy! (An entertaining how-to on financial management)
- A Guide for Parents as They Look to Finance a Private School Education
- Can Middle-Class Parents Afford Private Schools For Their Kids?
- DC School Hub (Washington DC area resources for parents – find something like this in your area)
- Budgeting for private school (from an open and sincere parent)
- Attended private school – loved it.
- Attended private school – and didn’t love it (be open to many viewpoints before deciding what is best for your particular situation)
Old School House Sign – Source: Wiki Commons