In the spirit of “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without,” I’d like to share my “wear it out”, better known to me as a Frugalite Holdout. Now that fall has arrived, and it’s cooler, I find myself doing more baking and cooking. When I reach for my oven mitts, I always feel a surge of affection and pride. Why is that, you might ask? Well, dear Frugalite readers, my oven mitts are what I call my “Frugalite Holdout.”
I know from the comments sections of the Frugalite articles that there are many Frugalite Rockstar’s among you. For this reason, I am sure that many of you have your own “Frugalite Holdout.” Please let me explain! A Frugalite Holdout is my own coinage: it came from my feelings when I reach for my oven mitts. A Frugalite Holdout is something that you could afford to replace but simply will not. You refuse! Why would you buy a new one when this old one is perfectly fine?
Frugalite Holdout #1: my beige oven mitts
I have had my beige oven mitts sooooo long that I actually cannot remember being without them. (Circa 2013 or before!) At that time, I mainly lived in my tiny house and now have moved into my new eco-cabin. Technically, these oven mitts no longer match anything in my new kitchen. I don’t care! I know that these oven mitts would be destined for a landfill if I abandoned them.
Really! They don’t look terrible, and I do wash them! But they have that worn kind of greasy finish on them, especially on the thumbs and the parts of the mitts that grab the baking dish.
When I go to the dollar store or even a higher-end store and see the luscious displays of colorful oven mitts, I feel a surge of affection for my good ole mitts. I don’t need to spend money on new ones! Yes, those colorful ones are quite nice. And, yes, I have heard that they make oven mitts out of silicon these days. I’m not buyin’!
When I try to get to the essence of my Frugalite Holdout, it is the principle of the thing. Why spend money on something new when something old works perfectly well? I think this is where my Frugalite pride comes in. According to my values, it is more noble and accomplished to retain my Frugalite Holdout oven mitts than to splurge on a new pair even though I could. In some way, this can define the Frugalite spirit: a practical mindset and ability to prioritize, a talent to look beyond the looks of something and see its value.
When you do this repeatedly and set your priorities, you can create the life of your dreams, as Daisy writes about her life of travel here.
For further inspiration, here are a couple of frugalite holdout examples from my extended family:
Frugalite Holdout #2: my cousin’s taped up coat
While my oven mitts are my own private Frugalite Holdout, you might have a Holdout that friends and family tease you about. Such was the case with my cousin, Joe, a farmer. He loves good stuff, a new tractor, newer vehicles. So, I was quite surprised when I saw him in his winter coat. It was an old blue, well-insulated, well-worn coat held together by red construction tape! It seemed like the coat was almost more tape than coat!
Everyone enjoyed teasing Joe about the coat, including me. In fact, I even gave him a new roll of the red construction tape as a joke Christmas gift, “just in case” he needed to repair his coat. We all had a good laugh at that one! However, Joe insisted that he would never give up his beloved coat. Although he might not claim the name of Frugalite, Joe’s heart is clearly in the right place!
Frugalite Holdout #3: my cousin’s thrifty car
I have another cousin who drives a red Ford Focus that is approaching an unbelievable 300,000 miles. She is an operating room nurse who owns her own home and could clearly afford to buy a newer car, but she sticks with her old gem. It has some rust spots that show its age but otherwise looks to be in decent condition. Many years ago, I bought my own great value in a beater car, Rosie. She was impressed with what I got and asked me at that time if I would help her find a new car if her current one needed replacing.
That was more than four years ago. Let’s just put it this way: she hasn’t needed to contact me yet! Not too long ago, I had to make the difficult decision to replace Rosie. My cousin was again impressed by my new car but mused aloud that her trusted Ford Focus was not costing her anything. Therefore, she intended to keep driving it! For my cousin, each mile she drives with her Frugalite Holdout car is like money in the bank!
Don’t hold back on your Holdout!
As you read this article, did a particular item of yours spring to mind? What is your Frugalite Hold Out? Do others tease you for your Holdout? What do you love about it, and why do you hang on to it? Please tell us about it in the comments below.