Sunshine McCarthy wrote:If my husband spends $95 on sunglasses he is very careful with them and they last 3 to 5 years. If he buys $20 ones they last about a month until he looses them. if something is valuable you take care of it, whether the value is monetary or sentimental doesn't mater. As much as I dislike placing great value on items, if you don't value and care for what you have it goes to waist.
Liz Hoxie wrote:Here's another one: WOMEN'S CLOTHES. I hate it when my clothes wear out!
Liz Hoxie wrote: The manufacturers seem to think that women must always look 20, even when there 54. We just lounge around and never DO anything.
Liz Hoxie wrote:I work with goats, so I need sturdy shoes and sandals because of weak ankles and a good tread because of terrain. I usually have to buy men's shoes, but it's hard to find men's sizes that fit. I depend on my footwear. I wish that I could find brands that work.
Hubby's seen me complain that a pair of shoes lasted only 2 MONTHS and is beginning to understand my problem.
Liz Hoxie wrote:Thanks Deb. I needed that info. I feel sorry for young women today that are expected to be an ornament.
Travis Johnson wrote:Not to be a fly in the ointment, but sometimes "the most expensive" is not the best buy, but I suspect people know that. I guess if there was anything on this site that would be an improvement, would be a review section where people like us could suggest products be bought (or avoided).
Liz Hoxie wrote:Deb, try Shoes 4 Crews for your husband. They are produced for restaurant workers and are VERY comfortable. They even stop you slipping on ice! The only problem is snow; if you get any in the tread, they might as well be slick soled and they track it in. Puddles form where they thaw. Great for in town, though.
Nicole Alderman wrote: I am sad that they aren't wool.
Cris Fellows wrote:Darn Tough does make quality socks, but in my opinion they can't hold a candle to Bombas socks. So comfy and super durable. Plus for every pair purchased, they donate a pair to a homeless shelter. https://bombas.com
raven ranson wrote:I hate shopping, I hate shopping more than I hate just about anything else in the whole world, except perhaps eggplant - that stuff is just not edible to me. My parent's taught me not to use the word 'hate' as it's a super-strong and powerful emotion. I HATE shopping!
Recently I read Paul's story about Fred and Gert. Somewhere, someone mentioned that Girt (our permaculture protagonist) buys expensive things, and saves money. This I think is a financial strategy that is sadly neglected.
I'm not rich. My income is well below the poverty line for my country. Even worldwide income, I don't think I make "middle class." I know a bit about saving money. Hating shopping is the first step.
So there you have it. My style of frugality: Hate shopping, tranform consumption into production, spend more.
It works for me, but I'm wierd. It probably won't work for anyone else. ... then again, this whole 'buy for life' movement I keep seeing is very much my style.
Rachel Dee wrote:
I also found lifetime guarantee socks. I must throw out 5-6 pairs of them a year because of holes. This company sells these at around $30 a pair. Anything happens to them, they stretch out too much, you get a replacement. Normally, we buy used military-surplus wool socks at $3-$5 a pair. I throw out $25-$30 worth of socks every year this way.
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