Repair something if you can…even if it’d cost you less to get a new one.
A few weeks ago, I discovered a shoe repair shop really close to my office. I brought in my worn out work heels and the shoe man said he could repair it for $12. Considering the heels cost me $99, it was much more worth it to repair them than to replace them. However, last week I brought in a pair of heels that only cost me $16. The cost to repair my $16 heels was $20 since the damage was more severe. For a moment, I was tempted just to toss the $16 heels since repairing them for more than they were worth seemed silly. But then I realized that by repairing them, I’d be keeping them out of a landfill for that much longer. And I wouldn’t be adding to the fast-fashion cycle.
So I went ahead and paid the $20.