You can’t beat Zuma with a broken mouse.

Zuma Screen Shot
Zuma Screen Shot

I’m stuck on level 12. I’ve been trying to beat it for months now. I had no problems flying through the first 9 levels. Level 10 took me a week or so. Level 11, I aced the first try, but level 12, well that’s another story.

After wasting hours trying to beat this level, I’ve finally figured out that my mouse is just worn out. I doesn’t respond like it used to, it’s lost it’s precision and sometimes, it just causes the cursor to just run away. 

My mouse is usable for most of my applications, it gives me just a few problems now and then, but nothing that can’t be quickly corrected.

I could get by with keeping my mouse until it just completely gives on me, but if I want to get to the next level on Zuma, I’m going to have to buy a new mouse.

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So what does this have to do with Kids Ministry or any ministry for that matter?

Well, I could have titled this blog:

  • You can’t cut paper with a dull or crooked paper cutter.
  • You can’t laminate posters with a broken laminator.
  • You can’t communicate with the rest of the world using MS Office 95.

You get the point. As important as it is to be frugal, especially in our current economy, sometimes you need invest in new or current tools to get to the next level. Delaying those purchases or upgrades will usually cost you more money in the long run. Let me show you what I mean:

  • New Mouse: $60
    Time spent trying to beat level 12 @ $10 per hour: $300
  • New Paper Cutter: $100
    Reprints from poor cutting: $35   Medical bills from sliced finger: $3500
  • New Laminator: $800
     Wasted film from botched laminating projects: $250   Reprints of botched projects $500
  • New Office 2007: $450
    Time spent for all parties trying to be compatible 5 hrs a week @ $15 per hour x 52 weeks: $3900

I’m going to upgrade my mouse this week. What’s your next upgrade?

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Hey, and if you want try Zuma too, you can get a free trial here.