Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Try your best, buy the best quality you can afford, live life to the full every day.
It's one of the things I really disagree with when it comes to frugality, and something I fell foul of when I first got started, for me following that advise was as wasteful as some of the mindless purchases I'd made in the past.
Often good enough is good enough.
As I've learned yet again this week, second class post is as good as first class a lot of the time. My 50p plastic sieve is still doing the job after a decade or more whereas the more expensive colander works, but lost a handle within a year or so of owning it. Our cheapo washing machine was way more robust than the supposedly great quality one we bought for this house which gave up the ghost last week after only five years.
And as for trying my best at everything, why is that a good thing? Sometimes a really good job is absolutely the thing that's needed but most of the time, surely not? A lot of the time surely doing something is better than doing nothing and something that is adequate is enough.
Having a sit down or a nap isn't always "doing nothing" it's having a sit down or a nap, it's relaxing. I see a lot of stuff about the place in praise of being busy, I get the distinct feeling that's overrated.