Don’t Throw Away: Repurpose and Save Money

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by on August 7, 2015

repurpose and save moneyInstead of throwing that broken item out, repair it. That’s one less thing in a landfill and one less thing you have to buy. You’ll be amazed at how you can Repurpose and Save Money.

Recently, fixer’s collectives have been popping up in pockets around the nation. The idea was said to have started in The Netherlands, but spread to New York and eventually to other regions, according to The group gets together on a monthly basis with members bringing in items they’d like to have repaired. They learn how to fix them or watch other volunteers.

Even if you don’t have a “fixer’s collective” in your town, there are many items that you might be able to save rather than having to go out and buy a new one.

Here are a few ideas on things you can fix and save:

A Slow Computer

If your computer is running really slow or causing you other difficulties, don’t run out and get a new one. It might just be filled with dust which can cause it to overheat. Try sucking out the dust with a vacuum cleaner by placing a hose on the vent. There are a number of other options you can try to get your computer up and running:

  • Get a memory upgrade. Ideally you should have a minimum of 1GB
  • Update your drivers
  • Free hard drive space
  • Remove or disable startup programs that automatically kick on when the computer reboots

Washing Machine

Families, especially those with a few kids, can put a lot of stress on a washing machine. One common problem that can occur is a blockage in the pump. When this happens, the washing machine won’t drain. Most of the time, all you need to do is remove the screws holding the pump and look inside. Remove the debris that may be clogging it, and also check the o-ring to make sure it’s sealing correctly so that there are no leaks. If it’s old, you can replace it easily by getting a new one through a supplier like Apple Rubber. Once this is done the pump should be as good as new.

Another way to save on the laundry? Try to Make Your Own Laundry Detergent.


Shoes can be expensive, but there are a number of rather simple fixes that will take care of common problems so that you don’t have to go out and buy another pair. Scuff marks can be magically erased by using a permanent marker in the same shade as the shoe by coloring it in. On a pair of white shoes, try a white art eraser or white-out. If the sole comes detached from the bottom of a shoe, use waterproof glue to fix it.

For shoes that are in need of a major repair, consider taking them to a cobbler, it may be cheaper than replacing them.

These are just a few ways that you can repurpose items to help you save on costly expenses. How do you try to repurpose items?


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  • Savvy Sherlock

    Great post Melissa. The best way to save is to well not spend! This is tough during the holidays and your tips are great. I toss way too many shoes out in the rubish bin.

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