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Fix It or Trash It? When to Toss or Keep Your Appliances, Electronics, and More

By Just Heather |

We’ve become a throwaway society: something isn’t working right and our first instinct is to replace it altogether.

But, there are a lot of things around the house that could be repaired just as easily — and for a lot less money.

That’s why we still have the “temporary” dining room table my parents gave us when we moved in here 10 years ago. Instead of replacing the entire set when the chairs began falling apart, we have made a few minor adjustments.

First, we upholstered the dying chairs. We finally did replace the chairs when the base began to fall apart, but we have kept the perfectly functional table. We just started using a tablecloth to hide the imperfections on the tabletop. (Bonus: update your kitchen with an inexpensive linen purchase.)

The decision to repair or replace depends on several factors — your personal finances at the time, the difficulty level or cost of a repair, the age of the item, and how often you actually use it in the first place.

If money is tight, I’m more likely to fix it myself. If the repair costs almost as much as a replacement, I’m going to just get a new one. And, if it’s not something I use often in the first place, I’ll either make do or get rid of it altogether.

Here are a few tips for the broken stuff in your house:

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Repair or Replace?


If the structure of your furniture is still intact, you can probably make minor repairs to bring it back up to par. Reupholster a couch, repaint a chair, cover a table — it's inexpensive and fairly easy to do yourself. Consider the cost of a minor repair on a high-quality piece of furniture compared to what you would spend on replacing lower-quality pieces more often — usually it's better to do the repair!
Photo and tutorial right here on The New Home Ec

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About Just Heather


Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Fix It or Trash It? When to Toss or Keep Your Appliances, Electronics, and More

  1. jen says:

    to fix a zipper. all that jazz and use candle on the track

  2. Gabi says:

    Our dryer recently broke and we were able to get a one-time extension on the expired warranty from the manufacturer (it was eight months past the warranty expiration date). I wasn’t aware that you could do that, and don’t know if all manufacturers will do it, but it’s worth asking to get a free repair!

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