"I got holes in my shoes,
I got holes in my teeth,
I got holes in my socks,
I can't get no sleep.
I'm tryin' to make a million."
- AC/DC, "Ain't No Fun (Waiting 'Round To Be A Millionaire)"
It's good to be thrifty. It's good to creatively find ways to reuse or fix things without having to spend money for a replacement. But there are times when you just have to say, "No, it's really worth spending the extra money to take care of this."
A long-held archetype of being poor, is the pair of shoes with holes in them. It's right up there with making cat food sandwiches, and ragamuffin fingerless gloves. (Actually, do poor people even buy and eat cat food anymore, given how cheap human food can be these days?)
I like the slip-on types of dress shoes and low-cut boots. I've noticed though that after a while, I'd get leaks in them. I'd only notice this of course when it was raining, and one foot or both would be wet by the time I got to my car.
So that should be the sign that it's time to get a new pair of shoes, right? Well, it's not that easy. Psychologically, my mind comes up with excuses to not have to deal with that.
- "I just bought these last year, so surely I can wear them a little longer."
- "Hey, it's only a problem when it's raining. So I'll just still wear these most days, and wear one of my other pairs when it's raining."
- "They look fine on the outside anyway."
- "I have that Shoo Goo® glue at home that I bought 10 years ago. I'll just repair it with that."
Thus of course, the shoes stayed, as my mind kept focusing on bigger and better things every day. But those invisible leaks eventually became visible holes. And eventually I reached the point where I said, "Wait a minute, why the hell do I still have these? I may not be rich, but I sure as hell am not living in poverty right now. If there's one thing that I should be able to afford for myself, besides food, it's clothing without holes in it!"
I threw away the shoes. Shopping at Target, I walked by the shoe section, found a nearly identical pair in my size for under $30, and bought them. Problem solved.