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No Lottery Win Here and Saving Money with Good Maintenance

January 24th, 2021 at 07:26 pm

Illinois is one of the states that participates in the MegaMillions Lottery tickets. Sad to say, we didn't win. Of course, we didn't play either. I guess some lucky winner in Michigan will be the next millionaire. DH turned to me last night when they announced where the winning ticket was sold and said he bet that even if we won a jackpot like that, I would still shop at Aldi and clip coupons, and reuse bread bags. You know, he's right! He said being frugal is ingrained me and I don't doubt it. 

This week was spent doing things that are in effect, taking care of things. I have a few pairs of shoes that were expensive and are leather. I spent some time using some shoe cream on them and polishing them. One is a pair of ankle boots that I cannot even remember how old they are. They don't look perfect, but the fact that they look as good as they do I chalk up to using this shoe cream/polish on them. I know when I went in a year or so ago with a pair of leather shoes, the salesman recognized them as being quite a bit older and asked if I wore them a lot. I said yes, but I try to take care of them. He said that was the key. 

Twice a year I use a cleaner and polish on my wooden kitchen cabinets. They are 16 years old which probably isn't really old, but my kitchen gets a work out with all the cooking, baking, and canning I do. 

I have a couple of pots that belonged to my grandmother. I don't know when she got them, but I know they are at least over 60 years old. I wash them by hand. I try not to let them get scratched or burn stuff in them. It's amazing how quality stuff lasts when you take care of it. I have a Pyrex dish that also was my grandmother's. It still looks pretty nice. I have a set of wooden handled steak knives that are over 30 years old. They still look great because we hand wash them and I treat the handles with a special oil so they don't dry out.  I'm going to say that taking care of stuff also saves money because I don't have to buy a lot of new stuff when the older stuff keeps going. 

These are just a few examples of good maintenance. Do you have something you've taken care of that still looks and works great?


5 Responses to “No Lottery Win Here and Saving Money with Good Maintenance”

  1. Wink Says:

    I have a favorite leather purse that is probably 15 years old. It is just the right size and the length of the strap is perfect for my body. I take good care of it and it is still in great shape!

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    1920s white tile kitchen walls. Wash with strong detergent and the grout is still white. Of course the owners before us, kept it clean, too. I used a sponge mop to reach the wall above the stove hood this week.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I have some old Corningware that I still use. It's a lot better than the new stuff they sell today.

  4. Deb Says:

    What oil do you use on the handles of your steak knives? The blades themselves stay nice and sharp because I hand wash and hand dry them. It never occurred to me to put something on the handles, and, to tell the truth, they do look dried out.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Hey, Deb! I bought a bottle of wood preserver from Chicago Cutlery a number of years ago. It has a sponge applicator and makes it easy to apply and then I let them sit for awhile to soak in.

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