Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Good Enough



Try your best, buy the best quality you can afford, live life to the full every day. 

Why?

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. 

16 comments:

  1. I think this is a wise post. I love sewing - but my machine is not a top of the range Bernina. My friend had one which cost an utter fortune but I am not sure she gets any more benefit from hers than I do from mine at less than half the price.
    And I do my best - but I have learned not to beat myself up if I cannot achieve perfection. Sometimes it is better to get a job done as well as you can - and accept that is better than not starting/finishing because you do not have the exact tools or whatever.
    And I am learning as well that I CAN sit and relax in front of the TV without feeling i must have a piece of knitting on the go.
    Thank you for a thought provoking post!! blessings x

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  2. Thoroughly agree ! I have bought some cheapo things in the past that are still giving good service and some pricier( although usually charity shop) items that were definitely not worth the money! I think you have to use your common sense! There seems to be a few so called bloggers who live a completely different type of frugal life than I do!! I like your blog..no preaching or sarcasm back to your commenters!And the added plus of bunnies Debbie

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    1. Bunnies do make life sweeter. I'm really not the preachy type, I can only talk about what I do, not about what other people should do, if something strikes a chord then that's brilliant, picking up useful bits and bobs is one of the best things about reading blogs for me.

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  3. I am not quite sure how to respond to your post except to say I agree that older is always better than modern and sitting down and doing nothing after a busy few days is doing something its called resting and re charging your batteries certainly a good thing in my book :-) dee

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    1. I agree with you Dee, recharging the batteries is really important and is nothing about being lazy - in fact quite the opposite.

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  4. I really agree with you, I find it so annoying at work lunchtime when some of my co-workers are all out doing one another with how busy they are ( and tired - which is the new busy ) . Why??? It just leads to stressiness! The other thing I don't get is sharing a biscuit, why bother with half a biscuit?

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  5. I completely agree about napping and/ or having a sit down - they're very underrated. I don't feel the need to always be ' doing something'. If I want to do nothing more than sit and read an entire book in a day then that is what I do. John is off work for a fortnight and we've spent lots of time ' doing nothing'- it's been fab!

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    1. That does sound fab, I'm glad to hear you've been having a relaxing time.

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  6. I think it is living life to the full if I do have a rest or a sit each day. It's a time of peace, calm and contemplation so I'll try my best at being good at it.
    xx

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  7. Hmm, agree with you about buying as best quality as you can afford - you may just not WANT to spend as much as you can afford, even if you could afford it. You may prefer to use the money on something that interests you in your life rather than something for the house that only does the same job as something twice or more expensive can do.

    I would love a new kitchen but the thought of taking out of my bank all that money and still only having - well - a kitchen, fills me with horror. Yes it would look lovely but if I ever win some money I might get it done.

    At the moment I'd lOVE to have the time to sit and do nothing, as at the moment I'm running around after husband and mother, who at 95 years old has suddenly decided that every little thing needs taking to the doctors. She can't understand why she doesn't feel as full of energy as she did last year! My housework is suffering terribly because of all that but it can suffer as any spare time goes on a few (very few) miles on my bike or doing some crochet, lots of which I give away as gifts.

    Yes, being busy is definitely over-rated. I have an ex-step daughter who is non stop doing housework and gardening and then more housework and gardening. She could have done a degree with all that time spent on it, always assuming she wanted to do it.

    Oh yes, what is this thing "living life to the full" which seems to me to be one of those expressions used by the media, like when they are describing someone who has died as being "fun loving".

    Sorry but I am a cynical old woman but at least not conventional. Do what YOU want to do not what others want of you if you can.

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    1. That's a great observation, "fun loving" does seem to crop up a lot.

      My house and how it looks is really important to me but do I want all my time effort and cash to be spent on it - no way!

      I know what you mean about the kitchen, we are in the same position, parts of our kitchen are falling apart but the planning, the money, the upheaval, the money...

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