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Borrow, not Buy

July 4th, 2008 at 09:38 am

Once or twice during the summer our older kids enjoy a float trip down the local river. Instead of purchasing expensive life jackets to only be used a few times a year, we use our cities free life jacket rental system. Each of our local fire departments loans out life jackets in all sizes to community members for floating/boating trips. They are easy to pick up and there are drop off boxes all over town for them to dropped off after you finish using them. If there is something you won't use on a regular basis, why not see if you can borrow it from someone, rather than spend money for it and then have to find the space to store it?

1 Responses to “Borrow, not Buy”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    That is such a great idea. How big are the drop boxes? I'd like to see some of the towns where we go tubing and canoing offer life jackets like that. I don't even live there, but where I do go, I'd be happy to make a donation to the project. Some kids just go to swim or wade in the river, but some of them could use the life jackets anyway.

    And I'd love to see the commercial marinas on the Mississippi make some life jackets available for rent. I've never noticed that they do. I've bought jackets for the little ones who come with us once in a while, but I'd rather not even own them. Rather rent, whether for free or fee.

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