Repair or Replace? 3 Things You Shouldn't Throw Away

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When we found out my wife was pregnant, we decided that she would give up work for a while and become a stay-at-home mum. While we could afford to do this, it did mean that we had to keep a close eye on our spending. Our first job was to furnish our baby’s room on a budget. Luckily, we have a few friends who’ve done the same thing and they were an invaluable source of tips and advice. For example, we learned when it’s safe to buy furniture second-hand and when you really need to buy new; we also got some tips on renovating furniture and sourcing stuff for the room more cheaply. This saved us a bundle of cash and I thought other parents might find this kind of information useful.

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Repair or Replace? 3 Things You Shouldn't Throw Away

20 December 2016
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In our ever-busier lives, it can be tempting to react to a broken household item, be it furniture or an appliance, by simply throwing it away.  It's true that in many cases, replacing your broken things can sometimes make more financial sense than repairing them, especially if they're old.  However, that's not a universal rule.  Not only is it bad for the environment to discard everything instead of trying to work with it, but it can also put us out of pocket.  You should take each broken item on a case-by-case basis, and see how much it would cost you or an expert to fix it before you by another.  However, here are three things you definitely shouldn't just throw away.

Furniture

Especially if your furniture is made of something like cane or seagrass, which may seem irreparable, it can feel like you have no option but to replace it — especially if you're looking at a huge section of damage.  In truth, however, that's not the case.  In many cases, furniture can be completely restored, even if the damage is quite severe.  While attempting these fixes ourselves may seem daunting, handing the furniture over to a repairs company can be equally as convenient as replacing it outright, and it is likely to be far cheaper.  Just be sure to contact a dedicated specialist for seagrass repairs and other trickier furniture repairs if needed. You might be surprised at how well repair shops can fix loose or damaged weaving

Laptops and Computers

While incomprehensible to most of us, computers, both desktops and laptops, can often be easily repaired by those who know what they're looking at.  Even when an issue seems very significant, such as a screen refusing to turn on, it's sometimes simply a case of replacing just one component to solve the problem.  Though you will have to pay the cost of the repair if you're not comfortable attempting it yourself, replacement parts can often be procured quite cheaply, saving you from having to replace the entire machine.

Shoes

However long you've owned a pair of shoes, it's always frustrating to find them falling apart.  However, instead of throwing them straight in the bin, it's always worth attempting to put them together again.  It can be as simple as dabbing on some extreme strength glue from your local hardware store and placing the shoe under pressure overnight — under a stack of books, for example.  In other more severe cases, you can take your shoes to a specialist store to have them restored.  You can also have an old pair of shoes re-heeled before they wear through, negating the need to buy another pair.  Especially if your shoes were quite expensive, this can be a real cost-cutter.