I'm coming to terms with my evolving self. I've been an extremist in the past from "I need to eat mac and cheese 7 days in a row to save money" to "I bought a new pair of shoes because my shoelaces broke on my old pair (really I lived on both extremes). Now I constantly ask myself, "Maybe I can afford it, but do I really need it?" This mantra has been getting me to a happy place (most days).
I'm sure I could have gotten a working second hand digital camera for less than the $150 it'll cost me to fix, but I stopped my broken camera from prematurely entering a landfill somewhere and I am also teaching my kids that it is OK to fix things instead of buying new all of the time.
So, of course, my kids take their lesson to heart and manage to glue and tape everything (literally everything) they can successfully get their hands on in attempts to "fix" them. I guess I am teaching them "how to fish (fix)."