Instead of buying new, or even buying secondhand, substitution is something I used to rarely consider.
Need hot water? Buy a kettle immediately! And the nicest one too.
Now that my kettle has broken, I haven’t replaced it.
I realized I just needed the hot water to make one cup of tea each morning.
If I heat up the water in the microwave for 3 minutes, it is now all the hot water I need on a daily basis.
Have I used the kettle for anything else? Not really.
If I used the kettle a LOT, to use the hot water for a whole range of activities, I would have found it pretty annoying to keep heating water in the microwave.
However, based on my lifestyle and eating habits, it ended up being unnecessary.
Substituting or using other products to get the job done may not be ideal, but it saves you from buying items that don’t add the biggest impact they can to your life.
This means your money and your space can be allocated to something more useful.