A recent BusinessWeek article (Obsolete Computers That Still Do The Job) inspired me to think about the “obsolete” things in my own life.
We have a television in the basement that’s reached double digits in age, has some colorization issues in the upper left corner, and weighs more than my wife, but it still does the job we want it to do – watch television programs.
I still keep a little notebook in my pocket, even with many other technology solutions, because nothing’s better at jotting down quick notes – it may be low tech, but it does the job.
Both of our vehicles are over ten years old and have more than 100,000 miles on them, but they’re still going.
Those supposedly “obsolete” things (and many others) keep doing their job. So we keep using them. It might be much flashier to replace them with a new item, but it’s certainly a lot more frugal to stick with what works.
10 Innovative But Obscure Sites That Put Money In Your Pocket Good list – I hadn’t heard of some of these! (@ wise bread)
Use Personal Marketing to Persuade Yourself to Save If advertisements are so effective, why not use some of those techniques to persuade yourself to adopt positive behaviors? (@ get rich slowly)
“Where’s My Money Going” Month This is an excellent step to take if you feel out of touch with where your money is going. Even people who have their financial house in order (like me) can afford to do this every once in a while. (@ mrs. micah)