These ideas come from a friend of mine... she is a wise woman!
1. Purchase the best quality you can afford. Afford is the key word here. If you want to live debt-free, price shop for what you NEED, and then save for it until you can pay cash. Waiting like this to own something makes you more aware of the worth of the item.
Consider buying used items. I always remember what the salesman said when we were shopping for our sewing machine. He had a used one that was very nice and had a lot of features the new one in our price range didn’t have. When we asked his opinion, he said, “It would be like buying a used Cadillac or a new Chevy.” Since he was offering a good warranty & the same sewing class with both the new and used one, we decided to purchase the “used Cadillac” and have been very happy with it for 23 years.
2. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for caring for it. For instance, if you buy good leather boots rub the oil paste into them so they are water proof and last longer.
3. Store things appropriately when you aren’t using them so they don’t get damaged.
I’ve known people who leave all their summer play things out in their yard all winter. When spring comes everything is damaged beyond repair, so they go purchase all new things. Doing this year after year can really get expensive.
We used our outdoor toys year after year, and as our children outgrew them we either sold them at a garage sale or passed them on to friends with younger children.
Finally - maintain what you own, making repairs when necessary to make then last a good, long time.
It only takes a Spark!
Deni ~ Racine, WI
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