I have never purchased abecause I would rarely wear a tuxedo and thus it makes more sense to rent one on the rare occasions when needed. And, yes, I might consider other clothing purchases by saying to myself, "how often are you really going to wear that?" However, I have never calculated out the per-wear cost of any of the items I own or that I might purchase.
At first, I wasn't going to buy another pair. When I do the math, I figure I've paid four cents for every time I've worn them. What are the odds that I can find zip-off pants in my size for $6 again? A new pair costs $55. I'd need to wear them every summer for the next 25 years to get the same sort of value out of a them!
I was going to leave it at that, too, before I realized I was being ridiculous. I wear these pants all the time. Even if I only get five years of use from a new pair, I'll only be paying $10 a year, or about twenty cents a use.
By the way, the title of J.D.'s post is "Crossing the Line from Frugal to Cheap." However, his point seems to be that shying away from buying a new, more expensive pair of pants when he knows he'll get plenty of use out of them is where he's crossed the line—he seems completely oblivious to the fact that that calculating the per-use cost of the pants is where he's really lost it.
Am I right? Or is everyone but me crunching the numbers to calculate which articles of your clothing are most cost-effective?
J.D., I kid. You da man, and the rest of us are fighting for second place.
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