I was pretty sure everybody knew this by now, but I am constantly shocked at how much money people waste on calendars.
I’ve included a picture to the right of the calendar that I use every day for both professional and social purposes. If you look at it from the bottom up, the first thing you’ll notice is that it accurately gives the number of days in each month, as well as matching each date with the proper day of the week.
In other words, it looks like a calendar that you might see anyone using these days. It’s only when your eyes wander to the very top that you start to notice something is off. This calendar isn’t from 2013 as you might have assumed; it’s from 1985!
Do you think I had to pay full price for a 1985 calendar? In 2013?
Which brings me to the point of this post:
You’re wasting money on calendars
Yeah, you could buy a new calendar every year. You could, but if you did that, why don’t you just take your money and set it on fire? Just go ahead and set it on fire as a metaphor for all the money you’re wasting by buying so many calendars.
Here’s what spend-happy simpletons think about when they think about calendars: It’s 2013 now; last year, it was 2012; in fact, that number goes up every single year.
But what those fat cats won’t tell you is that the months, the dates, and even the days of the week just repeat themselves over and over.
Thus, a non-leap year that starts on a Monday will have exactly the same day-date alignment as any non-leap year that starts on a Monday. Likewise, any leap year that starts on a Monday will have exactly the same day-date alignment as any leap year that starts on a Monday.
What this all means is that if you buy more than 14 calendars in a lifetime, then you’re doing it wrong.
Sure, you won’t have the right year on the front page, but can you really look your kids in the face and tell them they don’t get to celebrate their birthday this year, because you couldn’t figure out what year it was?
Don’t want to do the math to know which calendar to use or re-use?
And there we are. Thanks for checking out this post!