This post is part of a series based on Laine’s Home Economics: 50 Ways We Paid Off Our House on One Income. Previous posts in the series are listed on my Budget page. Laine is a Christian woman living with her family in California and living off one income. I first started following her via an email list about 7 or 8 years ago.
More and more we’ve become a throw-away society. When the vacuum motor stops working, we throw the whole vacuum away rather than fix the motor because a new vacuum costs the same as getting the motor fixed. Why darn a small hole in a sock when you can go to the store and buy one? We forget about the hidden costs of being a throw-away society: using gas to make and buy new items, filling up the landfill, and polluting the atmosphere and environment with the chemicals used to make stuff.
In the end, taking care of our stuff becomes both a frugal and green choice.
Some ways I’ve used it up, worn it out, or made do:
- Darned small holes in socks.
- Darned small holes in shirts and sweat pants.
- Put tape over the ripped areas on the diaper changing pad rather than buy a new one.
- Stopped using the passenger side door on my mini van when it started having problems, and only used the driver’s side. Just fixed the driver’s side only when it had issues.
- Told my children that they would continue to have a particular food until we used it up. And we did.
- My husband fixed our lawn mower for 20 odd years until the deck rusted through, and then we bought a new one. He also fixed the wheel a few times. The lawn mower is still sitting in the garage; I suspect he has plans for the parts. Like father like son.
- When the charging cord died on my son’s laptop, he used my charging cord until we bought a new one about a year later.
- When I stopped working and needing to wear panty hose, I used the panty hose to tie up tomato plants. When I used up the panty hose, I switched to old t-shirts.
Please share your ways to Use It Up, Wear It Out, or Make Do.
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