Each autumn, as a hobby, Joann Denton weaves cotton placemats to sell at a local craft shop.
Denton is considering buying an eight-harness loom so that she can weave more intricate patterns in linen. The new loom costs $1,000; it would be depreciated at $20 per month. Her bank has agreed to lend her $1,000 at 9% interest, with $200 principal plus accrued interest payable each December 31. Denton believes she can weave 10 linen place mat sets in time for the Christmas rush if she does not weave any cotton mats. She predicts that each linen set will sell for $40. Linen costs $5 per set. Denton's supplier will sell her linen on credit, payable December 31.
Denton plans to keep her old loom whether or not she buys the new loom. The balance sheet for her weaving business at August 31 is as follows:
1. Prepare a combined cash budget for the four months ending December 31, for two alternatives: weaving the placemats in cotton using the existing loom and weaving the placemats in linen using the new loom. For each alternative, prepare a budgeted income statement for the four months ending December 31 and a budgeted balance sheet at December 31.
2. On the basis of financial considerations only, what should Denton do? Give your reason.
3. What nonfinancial factors might Denton consider in her decision?
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