A few weeks ago, I was chopping vegetables and cut my finger. I got mad at the knife because it was dull and is awful at cutting things (except my finger, evidently), and declared that we were going to FINALLY get a new knife. We've had the same paring knife that we use to cut everything for ~5 years. It was time for a new knife.

 

[at least it's really cute!]

 

So I start looking on Amazon for a new knife. I find a highly rated one for ~$10 and ALMOST hit the buy button...

 

And then Mike says, "Why don't we just sharpen our knife?"

 

Me: "But we don't have a sharpener! Oh, I guess we could buy a sharpener on Amazon..." (starts searching for knife sharpener)

Mike: "Steve has a knife sharpener, we could ask him to sharpen our knife the next time we're at their house."

Me: "...Oh."

 

Fast forward to the next time we were at Steve's house, we bring the knife, he sharpened it (THANK YOU!) and now it's better than ever. And we spent $0.

 

Moral #1 of the story: Our consumerist lifestyle has infiltrated our brains so much that we barely even CONTEMPLATE trying to repair an item before we just say, "let's buy another". Why do we do that?? That's so awful for our wallets AND for the environment. (semi-related: have you ever been to a landfill? It's the most horrifying sight... piles of trash and discarded items that MAYBE COULD HAVE BEEN REPAIRED being pushed around by bulldozers to make room for more piles of trash and discarded items. ugh)

 

Moral #2 of the story: Our consumerist lifestyle has infiltrated our brains so much that we barely even CONTEMPLATE trying to find a friend we can borrow an item from before saying "let's buy one". Why do we do that??

 

 

Thank you to Mike (for the idea) and Steve (for the sharpener) -- you guys are saving our planet (and my wallet), one knife at a time.

 

 

When's the last time you repaired an item rather than buying a new one?

Or the last time you borrowed something rather than buying it?