Hi there, Mrs. 1500 today, asking when do you replace something. I am talking about large items that tend to last a long time, such as luggage or cars.
But first, let’s revisit last week’s answers.
Broken foot, missing zipper pulls. You can’t see the rip on the front…
After our blog received a recommendation on a Mr. Money Mustache Forum post, I asked you for the blog titles of other PF bloggers you read.
FI Fighter was recommended by Bryan at Income Surfer, Dave at The New York Budget, Mrs. Frugalwoods and Even Steven Money. I kept seeing FI Fighter so much, I contacted him to see if he would answer our 10 Questions and a Pizza Place series (which he said yes to, so look for that soon.)
Cash Cow Couple got a couple of votes, and I like them very much.
J. Money was mentioned for both Budgets are Sexy and Rockstar Finance, which is a collection of great FI posts he finds during his own reads.
Done by Forty also garnered several mentions, as did Johnny Moneyseed (who wins my vote for Most Creative Blog Name.)
Big Guy Money got a hit, as did Bucking The Trend and Jim Collins at JLCollinsNH. (If you ever get the opportunity to listen to Jim speak, take it! He sounds like James Earl Jones, except with a deeper, more soothing voice…)
Also recommended were TropicalMBA, Luke1428, MadFientist, Mr. Money Mustache, Root of Good, Afford Anything, Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast, Living A Fi, The Goblin Chief, Frugaling, Cashville Skyline, The Frugal Farmer, Club Thrifty, Create My Independence, Our Freaking Budget, Grumpy and Annoyed, Get Rich Slowly, Money Ning, Frugal Fringe, Dividend Mantra, All About Interest, Accumulating Assets, Escaping Dodge, The FIre Starter, No Nonsense Landlord, The Broke and Beautiful Life, DivHut, and Mimi SmartyPants.
Thank you for all the recommendations. I now must find time in my day to read them all! Sigh, on to this week’s question: When do you replace something?
Many moons ago, I was at the Atlanta Airport Baggage Area, waiting for my luggage to arrive. Up the belt came some clothes. Then some shoes. Some random used-to-be-packed-in-a-suitcase stuff. Someone very obviously had a serious luggage failure. While it was amusing to my much-younger self, I also sympathized with the owner of that luggage. How embarrassing must that be, to have your underpants on display? Also, how much must that have sucked, to try and cram it into that broken suitcase?
Recently, I was unpacking boxes and cleaning up my bedroom, when I noticed the poor condition my own carry-on bag was in. OK, that’s a lie. I have known for years this bag is on its way out. This bag was Mr. 1500′s before we got married, and we have been married for 12 years. It was in sorry shape before we had kids, and the oldest is now 7. The zipper pull is gone, the “leather” that wraps around the nylon handle has come unstitched. It was black, now it is extremely faded. But…
It holds my clothes. The sole purpose of luggage is to hold your things while you travel, which this bag does very well. Never has this bag come apart. Never have the contents been strewn about an airport baggage conveyor belt. But…
It is ugly. The only job it has is to hold my things. What if it suddenly fails? It would never fall apart at home, when it isn’t holding your things. And let’s be realistic. It won’t suddenly stop working as I pull up to my house at the end of vacation. Nope. Murphy’s Law says this bad boy will disintegrate on the first leg of a lengthy trip, where the only replacement options are full-priced, name-brands that cost more per piece than my entire set.
So should I replace it? Should I wait? Luggage sets go on sale around Thanksgiving. This whole set is looking sad. I don’t think any of the zipper pulls are still on any of the pieces. Some of the support legs are missing.
But they still work… What would you do?