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Taking Care of Things

December 31st, 2011 at 04:32 pm

We celebrated New Year's by having an early dinner. Our favorite restaurant has a loyalty program and we had some money coming, so we splurged and had steaks. Yum!

As we were leaving, an older couple had already gotten into their car. It was an older Crown Victoria. That baby was shined up and looked pristine. Not a speck of rust or dirt. I bet the inside was as clean.

DH said you can tell that an older person owns it because they know how to take care of things.

How sad. But true. How much money can one save by taking care of things? I have some pots that belonged to my grandmother. I am sure they are over 50 years old. She took care of them and I've taken care of them and we have both gotten good use of them.

That being said, how many things are made nowdays that can last? A friend of mine said when she and her hubby went television shopping, they mentioned that their "old" television of over 7 years was going out and the sales clerk said they were lucky to have gotten that much time out of it -- things aren't made to last, but to be replaced.

Our bodies are also examples. If one eats right, exercises, and tries to stay content, usually the body lasts far longer than if one parties, smokes, and is angry all the time. Not always, but usually.

I would say taking care of things can help save money. I know many of the items in my kitchen are old -- Pyrex and Corningware especially because my family or someone else took care of them. They are serving me well.

So, even if the businesses expect me to replace things, I'm going to continue taking care of things to try and get the best use out of it. Hopefully it will pay off for me by saving some money as well as less to throw out.

3 Responses to “Taking Care of Things”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Good points. We could take it as a fun challenge to see how much longer we can keep an item pleasing and functional.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    I think one huge key to saving money is simply taking care of what you have. Good post!

  3. retire@50 Says:

    Even when I take care of things nowadays, they don't last just like you said. But I feel betrayed when things start falling apart when I haven't abused them. Like the office chair I replaced this week. It was 10 years old and for the first 7 years I probably averaged 8 hours a day using that chair since I worked from home. The last 3 years it's been 2 - 3 hours/day. But all the sudden the plastic on the arms just started falling off and now it's painful to use.

    Same with the oven a few weeks ago when the heating element caught fire. It's 10 years old and I don't use my oven that much. It was clean because I'd just cleaned it the week before so there was no reason for it to catch on fire and burn thru.

    I realize it's not personal, but I still feel betrayed Smile

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