To Replace or not to Replace?

An old appliance may not be the most visually appealing but it may be better than a new one.

When we bought our home we also purchased all the appliances and a riding lawnmower from the previous owner.  They did not want to bring all of this with them so they sold it all to us for $1,000. Everything was in good condition and we had nothing to begin with.  This was a perfect deal for us.

Fast forward till now and most of these items have been replaced. The new items may look nice,  but in some cases I wish I still had the old one back.

The dishwasher was getting old and we thought it would be a good idea to get a new one. Well that hasn’t turned out so well. The new dishwasher is broke again. This is the second time already. To add insult to injury,  it doesn’t work any better than the old one.

Another example would be the new dryer.  The old washer quit working properly. Since we had to replace the washer,  we bought a matching dryer.  After about a year the handle for the door broke.  No problem, I can just order a new one.  So I found the part number and searched for it on amazon.  The cheap plastic handle was $30 and the reviews were horrible. The reviews said the handle was a cheap and if you replace it, it will break soon after. Well at least it’s just a handle….so far.

You never know what you are getting when you buy something new. Just replacing something because it is old could be a poor decision.

The thing is,  an old appliance that still works is a great one.  It has proven its reliability and has stood the test of time.  If something has worked well over a long period of time…  what more can you ask for?

It’s good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it’s good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven’t lost the things that money can’t buy. 

George Lorimer

Besides the looks of something, the investment of money and time is also important.  If something breaks down often you will be spending money to fix it. The inconvenience of a broken item will cost valuable time.  Have you ever gone without a washing machine or an oven for a week?

Now, I must stress,  I am only talking about things that are old and work well.  I have replaced things that were old and constantly had to be repaired.  The mower we had purchased in this deal worked well for a while,  but soon needed to be repaired a lot.  This was a great thing to replace. When I should only be spending a few hours doing yard work I ended up having to spend the day, many times,  repairing the mower.

If you live for having it all, what you have is never enough.

Vicki Robin

So why do we think everything has to be new?

We are always being marketed to.  We are being told to buy buy buy. For good reason,  it makes money. Well it makes them money. Home remodeling is a huge thing now. I’m amazed at some of the “first time homebuyer” shows. Some of these people are outrageous. They are so obsessed with the latest fad home designs and materials. The sad part. The must have fad will be out of style way before they can pay for it. What doesn’t go out of style… freedom.

Why not help yourself and do what is best for your wallet.  Quit making decisions that help make everyone else rich.  Make the decisions that make you rich. Get the most value out of something.  Make things last and pay yourself the savings.

5 Replies to “To Replace or not to Replace?”

  1. Yes! Love this: “Quit making decisions that help make everyone else rich.”

    My husband and I have started using “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” as our mantra. If it is worn out or constantly causing issues, we replace it. Otherwise, we keep it until it is.

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