A Greatly Overlooked “Secret”
to Saving Big Money
We want to share with you the easiest way we know of to keep more of your hard-earned money.
The answer is simple. Buck America’s throwaway culture by making what you buy last longer.
Select a vehicle you plan to keep for a decade: The biggest and best example may be in your selection of motor vehicles. We urge you to buy only vehicles that you plan to keep for ten years. Back in the good old days, it was a source of pride to by a new (and we mean new) vehicle every two years. These days, that way of thinking just doesn’t work anymore.
Try this fix before ditching your computer: One item that you can probably get more service out of is your laptop or desktop computer. For example, many people believe that if their computer is overheating, it’s time to get a new one, or at least to buy an expensive replacement battery. But in most cases, simply blowing the dust out of the air intake and cooling fan with a can of compressed air will cure the problem. Software updates will also keep you very much up-to-date even on an older model computer.
Fix broken furniture: If an appliance or piece of furniture breaks, instead of replacing it, see if you can fix it. If you’re already skilled with a set of tools, this is the obvious thing to do, but if you’ve never considered yourself exactly handy, you might feel at a loss. You don’t have to be, though, and many ‘fixes’ will be easier than you think at first, so at least give it the Old College Try.
For appliance repair, start on the internet: For a relatively small fee, you can find real-time help from a qualified technician who will walk you through the most common repairs.
But really, we want to talk to you about forming community fix-it groups. This self-reliance option is on the rise, and it’s a trend that you can easily get in on.