Last year I was cheap.
I bought a pair of hedge trimmers that could only trim back one dead flower stalk at a time. They were too lightweight for heavy duty work.
I remedied that this year, and bought the sturdiest pair that I could still lift, open, and close. Now I can whack off multiple sedum stalks. Next, I'll try them on the scraggly bushes.
Poor Richard may have counseled that a penny saved is a penny earned.
Poor Pam admonishes: Misers and misery are cousins.