It’s that time of year again. My boot’s have had their annual make-over. Last Spring it was new soles at a cost of £12.50. This year new insoles at a cost of £2.99. The heels will soon need replacing adding a further cost of £7-£10.
Not bad for a pair of boots that I originally bought off eBay 3 years ago second-hand for £35.
This will be the second year that I’ve debated whether to replace. They were nearly a ‘goner’ last May when a spanking new pair of shiny Dune boots arrived by courier. Then were returned. I couldn’t do it.
It’s becoming a matter of principle or maybe loyalty, I’m not sure.
Even my very frugal Mom commented ‘Why not get a new pair?’. Indeed why not? I’m asking myself that very question. But it’s getting harder to make that purchase. I most certainly have the ‘make do and mend’ bug.
13 months ago now I guest posted about how I consciously spend. A year later, if I’m in any doubt at all I don’t make the purchase. Previously if I was unsure, I’d have made the purchase, just in case.
So why don’t I replace them?
There is a tipping balance in everything’s life that to maintain is harder work and/or costs more, than to start over. Anyone who has owned a gradually deteriorating car knows this. When the annual service and repair bills increase year-on-year, it makes economic sense at some point to call it a day.
But I don’t think I’m there just yet. It’s not because I’m a die-hard superscrimper. Oh no, I don’t mind spending money, but I hate wasting money. I reckon there’s life in these old boots yet!
The sorry soles before shot
After a bit of elbow grease
What would you do? Please share…
p.s. – If you haven’t had enough boot talk today then check out The Frugal Girl’s very own boot purchase. Looking good!