Act 106

Repair. Don’t replace.

We live in a “replace, don’t repair” kind of world. From running shoes to backpacks and power tools to computers, planned obsolescence is a modern economic way of life. Ironically, obsolescence lengthens the product life cycle of a good ensuring more growth and more sales for a firm or an industry over a longer period of time. Just check your drawer full of previously enjoyed cell phones for proof.

Having said that, if there is an opportunity to replace rather than repair, please try. I took a pair of jeans with a rip beyond my sad sewing skills to a local tailor. For $10, I’ll have them back good as new in less than a week.

My lawn suffered badly over the winter. Rather than call in a load of turf using my handy dandy credit card as I might have once done, we bought some lawn seed and some peat moss. For $80 and a little TLC, we’ll have our back yard back in time for BBQ season.

Repairing rather than replacing is a more mindful approach to how you spend your money and with a little care and a little planning, you’ll have the pride of a job well done. You can’t put a price on that.