Wednesday, May 29, 2013

11 Things You Should Repair Instead of Replace

I can’t send this one out without thinking of my dad.  He could fix almost anything. Of course, he grew up in a time when you had to fix it because you didn’t have the money to buy a new one and it was frown upon to just throw something away. 

11 Things You Should Repair Instead of Replace

As seen on ABC News Now! Fixing things saves money and helps the planet. It's easy!

Some people seem to have an uncanny ability to fix things just by touching them (or even just by looking at them), most of us aren't so lucky. Still, there are many benefits to fixing things rather than tossing them out and buying new replacements, from money savings to our own pride and knowledge, not to mention the environment.
It shouldn't surprise you that fixing things rather than buying new can save you a lot of money. In many cases simply sewing on a missing button, touching up a nicked paint job or gluing on a broken corner can get your possessions back up to snuff with only minimal effort and very low expenditure. The trouble is, these days many of us fail to go beyond the easiest small repairs, instead opting to buy new at the smallest sign of trouble.
There are other benefits to fixing things, including learning more about how things work, gaining a sense of accomplishment, spending bonding time with children and family members, and preserving heirloom and unique items. You can also buy better quality things, since you'll have more confidence to know that you can repair them and get more value from them.
Here’s a list of eleven things that you should repair instead of replacing.  One thing you need to think about though is purchasing goods that are worth repairing in the first place!
1.       Shoes
2.       Clothes
3.       Luggage
4.      Cars
5.       Accessories
6.      Home goods
7.       Electronics and appliances
8.       Plants and trees
9.       Building materials
10.   Furniture
11.   Leaky faucets and toilets

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