Sure, and it’s a valid point. If I allotted my hourly pay to the time it would take me to darn a sock (especially with the learning curve involved in not having done it before), it would probably be more cost effective to buy even expensive socks when mine wear out.
But there’s an emotional and intellectual appeal for some of us in learning how to do these things. I like figuring stuff out, and I like feeling resourceful. I like not wasting things. I’m the kind of girl who cuts up Amazon boxes to make drawer dividers, when really the hour it took me to do that would probably be better spent buying a $10 drawer divider at Target. But I’m starting to notice the ridiculous amount of waste I produce, and it seems silly to throw out a nice piece of cardboard, and then go to the store to buy a slightly differently shaped piece of cardboard to shove in my drawer to keep my herbs organized. And when I’m done, I feel proud as a four year old who just figured out how to tie her shoes, an emotion that can’t be matched by a purchase.