So I’ve been thinking of ways to be frugal lately. Part of it has to do with the general bad economy but another part of it is simply just a recent interest in finding ways to save money or be efficient. Commuting on my bike into work each day was a start, finishing leftovers and cleaning out the fridge before stuff goes bad is another. Well just the other day I noticed my sandals were wearing through at the heel. The sole was gone in small areas and the bed of the shoe was exposed. “Damn, I don’t want to pay another $90 for a pair of sandals”, I thought. They are Chaco brand and very comfortable; I’ve had them for 5 years and they get worn a lot. When I was young my father would take his shoes into a cobbler to get refinished or have them resoled. Generally I have not followed suit; I’ll simply buy new shoes when they get ratty or the sole goes. But this time around I decided to investigate getting these shoes repaired. I ride by the Dauphine Shoeteria on Conti in downtown very often, so I decided to stop by and give the local shoe repair shop a try.
So I went in and asked the owner Brand how much it would cost to repair the heel. Since the front two-thirds of the sole were in good shape he suggested he simply repair the back third heel section. “Ok, how much?”, I asked. “Eleven bucks”, he said. Wow! That’s it to get another couple of years of use out of some great shoes. Now that is frugal! So now I am going to ride back and take him some of my old work shoes that I was simply going to replace. Why buy new? So maybe in this new economy we should all start bragging about frugal deals or creative money-saving ideas they have. Next up for me is looking into a thrift store for “new to me” jeans. What are your frugal ideas?