fabulously frugal thursday!: wait to replace items

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!

Because I love meeting new people and sharing, this post is linked to:
DIY Thrifty Thursday, Thrifty Thursday, Home and Garden Thursday, The Mommy Club, Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways, Wow Us Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Works for Me Wednesday, Frugal Friday, Get Real Frugal Friday Blog Hop
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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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  1. says

    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.
    Gina B recently posted..Review: Glow Crazy Distance Doodler

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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.

    • says

      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.

  2. says

    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!
    Jenn @ The Purposeful Mom recently posted..Entryway Closet Rescue: From Cluttered to Clean and Functional

  3. says

    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/
    Susan Godfrey recently posted..Focus on the Food: Cauliflower & Get Real Frugal Friday #3

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