Sunday, 20 October 2019

First step

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?


  1. This is the only way to go, and deserving of celebration. Simply cutting out waste in our societies would go a long way toward saving them from some very bad consequences.

    I have a pair of hiking boots that will easily last me till the end of my life, regardless of how many kilometres I am fortunate enough to log on them.

    I love all my old stuff, and find it much more interesting that the low quality throw-away replacements that they are trying to sell these days. Things we have had for a long time take on a life and story of their own.

    It reminds me of the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi.

    "Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect."

    - Richard Powell

    Consumerism is all about chasing after that "perfect" thing, but it is all a lie. Nothing is perfect, even if it is expensive and brand new.

    Why bother? Better to stick with the imperfect things I already own.

    Every time we fix, mend, repair and make do, Mother Nature smiles.

    1. Very nicely put, Gregg. Nothing is perfect, and there is indeed no need to strive for it.

  2. It's the attitude right? Hmm, I'd say the same, I have two hairbrushes that i use daily and a couple of others and I can't see myself buying a new one ever. Or furniture. MY dining room chairs I bought second hand; they came out of a café and are easily 40 years old but when I got them 20 years ago I had them sand blasted and powder coated, and while I have had to recover the padded bits twice, they are wonderful and strong and I hopw they will still be used 50 years ago

    1. ..and in 50 years, somebody will have the anguish of giving them up, trying to find something new to replace them with. When buying is a problem, the attitude has firmly changed!

  3. Hairbrush Financial Freedom? Love it!

    1. Of course you do! There is a good head under your hair!

  4. I'd have to say that my whole existence is like that. I'm a no frills kind of person. I'm all about a piece of duct tape on something to fix it rather than run out and buy a brand new item. I like to refurbish old furniture. I paint pictures rather than buy art. I make clothes. I make food. I grow food. (I smoke weed) oops too much information! lol get the picture...I value old things and before I throw them away, I make sure, they have no further value left in them.