I put on a pair of slipper socks the other day and I realized that I have had those socks since I was in elementary school. This is 20 years. This got me thinking to what else I have held on to without replacing. I see a lot of us wanting to get the newest and greatest thing when it comes out. Here is my golden list of things that I have had for a LONG time.
- My car. It is a 2000 Saturn and has just over 90,000 miles. I barely drive and bike as often as possible. It would be cool to get a new car, but that would also mean a car payment and possibly higher insurance.
- My cellphone. Verizon told me that I have had my cell phone since January 2011. I do not have a smart phone. I am okay with that. My phone is much cheaper and it does what I need. I am online enough, I don’t need another distraction.
- My slipper socks. 20 + years old. I actually don’t think I have bought socks my entire adult life.
- My tennis shoes. I found a picture with them that was over 4 years old. I don’t run and they fit like a glove.
- My winter coat. I think I got it in 2000. It’s showing it’s age, but I love it, it doesn’t look like it belongs to a homeless person yet, I will hold on to it a bit longer.
Replacing things frequently costs money and I don’t like spending money. Plus, lots of things that are replaceable generally still have life in them. Consider holding on to your things a bit longer to reduce waste.