Sunday, 20 October 2019
In 2010, when I stopped buying, this was the first step.
The handle on my hairbrush broke. A new one could have cost anything from € 1 to 10 (or unlimited amounts but that is of course not alternative when I am involved).
I consciously decided to repair the handle instead.
A piece of woven tape (gaffa or duct tape) around the handle sorted the issue in a minute.
It is now 2019 and the hairbrush is still here.
It has moved three countries, lost seven pegs and has got a new ribbon to honour my new country.
I saved 1€ nine years ago.
Interest and inflation will not have made any great financial saving or gain of assets.
The attitude is was the change and the opportunity for dramatic financial change
This is where the savings, the asset gains and the lifestyle changes happened.
That is what created financial independence today.
I do not need to indulge myself.
I chose saving over image.
I chose function over style.
I don’t replace what already works.
I keep things until they break, then I repair them every time they break until they cannot be repaired again. Then I live without if I can. I will replace if I need to, but with either cheapest or best.
The hairbrush still have months, possibly even years left of use in it.
When the pegs all give out and it doesn’t brush my hair any more,
the spare brush in the spare box is waiting its turn (a hotel gift from a business trip).
I have my hairbrush needs covered for the next ten years and no expenses are budgeted.
I have hairbrush financial freedom.
It was the first step.
What do you have that will cover your needs for the rest of your life?