fabulously frugal thursday!: wait to replace items

by Barb on January 17, 2013

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Fabulously Frugal Thursday
Welcome to the first edition of Fabulously Frugal Thursday!

Each week, we get to share our frugal successes, and ahem, failures. Because let’s face it – we do make mistakes. What matters is if we learn from our mistakes.

Wait To Replace Items. Don’t Replace Items in Perfect Condition

Did I ever tell you about my vacuum cleaner? The one that is missing the lock for staying upright? The one that has its second hose in about 4 years? The one with a working motor that continues to suck up all the dirt and crumbs that my gang of 5 kids tracks into the house 3 times a week without fail. The one that has been lugged up and down the stairs countless times, not to mention lugged to the car.

Even though my vacuum cleaner isn’t in perfect condition, I am not replacing it. Not until the motor dies. Awhile ago, I took another vacuum in to be repaired, and I learned that repairing the motor is one of the most expensive repairs. It would have cost me $100. Instead, I bought another vacuum for the same amount of money. It lasted about 2 years. The motor died. I bought my current vacuum which I’ve had for about 4 or 5 years.
By the way, my vacuum is the Eureka Boss. Not perfect. The upright lock broke off pretty early in my vacuum’s life. The hose ($17.19 on Amazon) went in 2 years. The current hose is beginning to fall apart. But, the vacuum keeps on running and doing its job.

Time to be Fabulously Frugal!

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Barb Hoyer has written 3939 posts.

After working in the fundraising world for over ten years, Barb is an avid runner, writer, photographer, parent volunteer, and lover of dictionaries and thesauruses. Wife to an engineer and mom to 5 kids, Barb lives in the suburbs of Philly. Her idea of relaxation is an afternoon on the couch with a stack of books.

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Sarah January 17, 2013 at 9:12 am

I totally agree with this! Just because an item isn’t 100% store-room condition doesn’t mean it needs to be scrapped!


Alissa January 17, 2013 at 9:34 am

I’m afraid to mention how long we’ve had our trusty vacuum, for fear of jinxing it! I agree, though, “Use it up, Wear it out…” is a great motto!
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Gina B January 17, 2013 at 10:43 am

This is a really bad habit for me. I hate keeping junky looking stuff, even if it works. But you’re right, plus we have a Dyson which costs a ton, so we’re keeping it until it dies from exhaustion. Unfortunately, all the other more affordable vacuums we’ve owned have burned out long before they got yucky.
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annie @ montanasolarcreations January 17, 2013 at 11:10 am

We started doing the same thing with our vacuum since they seemed to die every year because of dog hair. My husband has been able to figure out how to replace parts and we’ve now had the same one for a few years!
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Barb January 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Good for you!


Colleen (Souffle Bombay) January 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I am married 10 years and am on my 4th vacuum…ugh! All good ones too! This time, I made my husband figure out how to fix the suction issue…and he did and continues to do so. Fingers crossed for a third year!
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Barb January 17, 2013 at 3:15 pm

It helps to have a handy hubby! My dh nursed our washing machine along for a LONG time, probably 14 or 15 years. Maybe even closer to 20 now that I think about it.


Heather S. January 17, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I agree with you and try to hold on to things until they are too costly to repair. THe thought of them all going into a landfill is heartbreaking to me.
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Barb January 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Me, too!


Jonathan Hunt January 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

We are loving our Dyson DC24 Animal. We have a smaller home with less & less carpet. So far we haven’t had any problems with it and plan to keep it working for years to come.
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Barb January 17, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I’ve heard good things about the Dyson. I’ve been a bit leary about the price. We only have kids, no animals other than a cat.


Shai Smith January 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm

I try to do this. ♥ And, when I do replace, I try to go with something used.
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Barb January 17, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I do, too, depending on the item and what I’m using it for. I’m saving for a new camera, however, I’m definitely going for used since I don’t want all the features of the newer one. On the other hand, we went with a new printer because we needed a workhorse that would last 10 years like the last printer.


Becky January 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm

We try to hang in there with different items too. We kept trying to keep our dishwasher going, but the cost to repair it the last time was almost the price of a new one, so we finally got a new one.
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Barb January 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Our dishwasher is not working as well as it used to. I’m hoping dh has some time to look at it, and see what the issue is. It could just be food clogged somewhere.


Xandra January 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm

We’ve had our Dyson in a 2 cat home for 8+ years and it’s still going strong. I love when products are well made and built to last!
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Nicole @ Some Call It Natural January 17, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Amen, sister! You don’t get rid of something just because it isn’t perfect!
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Lisa January 18, 2013 at 3:56 am

Thanks for the invite to link up and the other links you shared. I am enjoying so many new blogs lately!
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Jenn @ The Purposeful Mom January 22, 2013 at 11:36 pm

We have the same type of story with our vacuum. It was completely falling apart before we finally got rid of it when the motor quit for the last time. It only lasted for 7 years and my mom and dad have had the same vacuum for 35 years! They really don’t make them like they used to :) Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Thursday again. I will try to link up to your party soon!
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Susan Godfrey January 24, 2013 at 11:09 pm

I come from a family that grew up very poor during the depression and we just don’t buy new unless we absolutely have to. We use something until it can no longer be repaired and then try to find a used item to replace it. I hope you’ll back come by my blog hop today and join us again! http://realfoodrealfrugal.com/2013/01/24/focus-on-the-food-cauliflower-get-real-frugal-friday-3/
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