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By taking care of what you own you can save yourself a ton of money. Too many people don’t maintain their belongings, which can lead to spending their hard-earned money buying the same item several times over. Stopped changing the oil in your car? You could be taking years off of it’s life – and it’s one of your biggest purchases in life after a house! You wouldn’t stop taking care of yourself (well, I hope not at least – you only get one body and you cannot buy a new one), so why not take care of those things which you buy? Here are a few things you can do to make your “stuff” last longer:
Car – Change the oil and get some regularly scheduled maintenance. If your car doesn’t feel right, take it in and fix it before whatever the problem is gets worse!
Refrigerator – Clean the insides to keep the gunk from working it’s way onto the fans, and be sure to clean the coils once in a while on the bottom or the back.
Television – Turn it off! When you are not sitting right in front of it, turn it off. Leaving it on while you go about doing other things just shortens it’s life. Also, plug it into a power strip so you can even turn off the “standby ” power as well while you sleep or go to work.
Cellphone or iPod – Read the manufacturer’s tips on keeping the battery working effectively. Sometimes they will tell you to run it out to noting once in a while, and other companies will tell you to charge it as often as possible. Learn what is best for yours!
Your home – Got a leak? Fix it asap. It’s not just the attic that may suffer from a leak in the roof, but rather all the wood that makes up the roof, the rafters, your ceiling, your walls, etc. A small hole can lead to many thousands of dollars in damages if left alone. Fix the little things before they become big (and more expensive) things.
Computer – Turn it off at night and when you will be away from it for an extended period of time – don’t make it work any harder than it has to.
Bicycle – Oil up the chain, adjust the brakes, inflate the tires. Spending a little time helping it run smoothly will keep it out of the shop down the road.
Coffee Maker – Clean it! Honestly, if you have not cleaned and de-scaled your coffee maker in a while, chances are that your coffee tastes really bad…and you might not even know it by now! Bad coffee can make you think you need a new machine, so save your money and just clean it out.
There are a ton of things in your life that you have spent your money on – do yourself a favor (and the environment, as well) by maintaining what you own and save yourself some dough. For instance, if your TV still works, you don’t need to spend money on a new one and you can instead put it away from something like a nice vacation!