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  • Avatar Anne 
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    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-the-life-changing-magic-of-making-do/

    I came across this article and it described the way I view material goods better than I ever could.  What others probably view as frugality I view as the avoidance of waste.  This has increased in the past 10 years as I’ve become more set in my ways and know what I like style wise.  I tend to fix things and if I like an item of clothing I will wear it to its death.  For household objects, I would rather pay several times as much for something that will last forever than buy something cheap that will just go to a landfill in a few years.  When I “need” something I tend to see if something I already have will make an ok substitute before I go buy something new.  I actually feel that way about experiences too–e.g. when on a trip I’d rather do one activity a day and really take my time with it than jump from activity to activity…also would rather spend a week in a city than do a grand tour of a country over the same time period.

    Anyways, I thought it was a great article and that some of you might enjoy it too so wanted to share.

    Avatar Kamban 
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    For some items I pay a high price for things that last a long time – especially if they are made in Germany.

    For things that I won’t use often or am unsure if it will break down within a year and not be repairable ( eg. microwave) I buy a medium or lower priced item. Especially if the top end and lower end are both made in China.

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    FunkDoc83 FunkDoc83 
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    Anne, I wish your thread had read “Making Dough($$$)”  instead

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    Avatar Anne 
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    Anne, I wish your thread had read “Making Dough($$$)”  instead

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    Haha!  That’s the beauty of it–if you appreciate making do you don’t have to make so much dough!

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    uptoolate uptoolate 
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    Yes agree. A good article. And a fun comments section as well. Parents born during the depression and two Scottish grandparents – no need to say more!

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    Avatar wideopenspaces 
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    When my husband complained about how expensive our emeco navy chairs were, I told him not to worry, they’d be passed on to our grandkids. I love timeless design. Now that we are able, I really do try to buy less and to purchase things that will last or made of sustainable or recyclable materials.

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    fatlittlepig fatlittlepig 
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    For some items I pay a high price for things that last a long time – especially if they are made in Germany.

    For things that I won’t use often or am unsure if it will break down within a year and not be repairable ( eg. microwave) I buy a medium or lower priced item. Especially if the top end and lower end are both made in China.

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    Because something is made in Germany doesn’t make it a high quality or well designed item. Because something is made in China doesn’t make it a low quality item.

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    q-school q-school 
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    I had this exact discussion with my wife last week. My cargo shorts are now twenty years old. No holes. My wife wants me to get new shorts. Im like, why? So many pockets! Yes ! If I get new skinny shorts I might need a fanny pack/bum bag. No bueno.

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    Lordosis Lordosis 
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    My cargo shorts are now twenty years old.

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    My wife does not care that my shorts are old.  She just makes fun of me for continuing to wear cargo shorts.

     

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    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    uptoolate uptoolate 
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    Even better than cargo shorts are the pair of pants I got in London on one of my recent trips to Africa when I realized I was a little light on ‘dress pants’. Space age no-iron, instant dry olive -drab fabric with many pockets and zip off lower legs.  So I could wear for work and teaching and have cargo shorts when needed! Sweet.

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    Avatar Tim 
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    Classics are never out of style. Missed Prime Day though (again).
    https://www.amazon.com/70s-bell-bottoms-men/s?k=70s+bell+bottoms+for+men

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    Avatar Anne 
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    My husband has the ugliest pair of zip off leg cargo pants I have ever seen. I’m pretty sure he’s a time traveler from 1999. In fact, I think I’ve seen pictures from 1999 where he’s wearing them. But when he wears them he carries all my stuff in his pockets so it works for me.

    I had a friend recently tell me she was giving a shirt to goodwill because she didn’t know how to sew on a button. Egads. I taught her.

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    Avatar Doc Spouse 
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    My husband has the ugliest pair of zip off leg cargo pants I have ever seen. I’m pretty sure he’s a time traveler from 1999. In fact, I think I’ve seen pictures from 1999 where he’s wearing them. But when he wears them he carries all my stuff in his pockets so it works for me.

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    What?  Zip off leg cargo pants are awesome!  Form and function, all in one! 😛

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    fatlittlepig fatlittlepig 
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    Fatlittlepig is way too old to care about what I am wearing or care about what people think about what I’m wearing. I’m not a wasteful person but if a button falls off I’m probably more likely to toss the item then try and repair it.

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    Avatar AR 
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    Fatlittlepig is way too old to care about what I am wearing or care about what people think about what I’m wearing. I’m not a wasteful person but if a button falls off I’m probably more likely to toss the item then try and repair it.

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    How long do you think it takes to replace a button on a dress shirt?

     

    Also every dry cleaner I’ve ever used does buttons.  I rarely take stuff to the dry cleaners, but if I need a button sewn on that’s my go to solution if I don’t need it immediately.

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