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Old 12-16-2011, 11:08 AM   #61
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What pimpmyretirement said is so true house, car and taxes are the big ones. It would take a million little ones to equal one of these. When you go hunting in the forest shot the big game not the squirrels.
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And when something breaks, I used to just go buy a new one without much thought. Now I consider can I fix it, can I do without or substitute something else, buy used, share with a neighbor? If not, buy new but there are often other options.
Amen! We find that things can be fixed! It takes some work to find a local but it seems that something fixed always seems to last longer than something new.

We finally replaced the 19" Trinitron in our bedroom with a 32" Sharp but the picture in the Trinitron was better (just hard to read). We also found a ready home for the Trinitron (less than 2 hours) by placing it in a cart with a sign in the condo garage.
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Amen! We find that things can be fixed! It takes some work to find a local but it seems that something fixed always seems to last longer than something new.

We finally replaced the 19" Trinitron in our bedroom with a 32" Sharp but the picture in the Trinitron was better (just hard to read). We also found a ready home for the Trinitron (less than 2 hours) by placing it in a cart with a sign in the condo garage.
If you are really handy yourself this is still an option in some cases, but too many things today are designed to not be repairable. Also, in generations past the goods were very expensive relative to the cost of labor, so repairing was cost effective. These days, many of our gadgets are cheap enough that a couple hours of professional labor to repair them would cost more than buying a new one, so out the old one goes.
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Do most of cooking from scratch, and much from garden.
And save the extra health problems from too many additives, packaged foods, etc.
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These days, many of our gadgets are cheap enough that a couple hours of professional labor to repair them would cost more than buying a new one, so out the old one goes.
I don't mind spending a bit extra to keep something good out of the landfill. But that is just me!

(As an aside, my friend used to find fantastic bargains for his kid at flea market sales. We investigated what was going on. The guy was buying Radio Shack toys for pennies a pound and then discovering the critical component that had failed in each case and would remanufacture with a teflon part. The resulting toy, bought for $5 instead of $25, would last forever.)
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Thank you all so much, keep the great ideas coming....
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