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I’ve been belly-aching for a while now about wanting a treadmill. Months, I tell you! There wasn’t a night in the past 35-40 days that I didn’t mention to my husband how BADLY I wanted one. I probably said it 5-10 times a day. Finally, he got fed up and told me he was going to buy me one just to shut me up.

This is what I get the next day:


This WAS the top of the treadmill where the controls are located


Treadmill folded up, wires showing

The bottom front where the motor is located

He bought it from some old geezer on Craigslist for $40 (geezer lived in a bad part of town too).

“Honey, the incline still works on it, so I think I can get it to work easily. A wire is probably loose in the motor”, he says.

Yeah, right. That was 2 weeks ago. He did tinker around with it a few times. Even managed to electrocute himself  once twice and almost set our bedroom on fire. Now it just sits there in our bedroom, taking up space I could be using for a treadmill that DOES work. Every once in a while, you will see him standing there looking at it and fiddling with it. Oh and, good news! Now a treadmill is no longer in our budget at the moment because we need another vehicle! *sigh* He’ll not hear the end of this any time soon.

“$40.00 seemed like a good deal at the time”, he says.

If that’s not bad enough,  Cycle 2 has sucked eggs so far! I’ve only lost 2 pounds on this cycle. I blame it on Rick. This is my cheat weekend and boy…am I cheating!! I get to start Cycle 3 on Monday. More about that later…

I need to win the lottery…

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6 Comments on "“It Seemed Like a Good Deal at the Time”"

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well, at least it is only a treadmill for $40….some of the cars we bought were a lot more $ and a lot worse of a deal!!!

Diane - It's All Good Until You Burn Dinner
Hmmm….this kind of story sounds very familiar to me (many times over). One story that pops into my head is when our son wanted a weight machine. I was ready to spring for a decent used one I had seen on Craigslist. It was a bit more expensive but it was very new and retailed for a lot more many than what they were asking. My husband, on the other hand, decided to pay a visit to Bargain Bert, another guy he found on Craigslist. He came home paying half the money he would have for the new one I… Read more »

Oh the sketchy things our hubbies find on Craigslist 🙂
I’d take your treadmill over my hubby’s “finds” any day though…one night he came home with a HUGE fricking boa constrictor (I kid you not). What goes through their minds??

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