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Money Tip: Treat Your Belongings With Care

Remember when your mom used to get upset when she couldn't see your clothes-covered carpet? She wasn't just upset about the mess; she was frustrated that you weren't taking good care of your belongings. Mistreating your possessions will give them a shorter life, which means you'll have to spend money sooner to replace them.

Wash things on delicate when their tags instruct you to do so, don't wait too long to get your car tuned-up, use coasters, etc. You'll find that you're not always paying for repairs or replacements and can save that money for something you've been coveting, or simply for a rainy day.


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snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
great points~!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I try to treat all my clothes with care, even the cheap ones! Arguably they need more care because they fall apart faster. So as long as there are no stains, I wash most everything on gentle (inside out) and hang dry what I can. I also dry almost everything on low heat. It takes a little longer, but the low heat stresses the fibers less.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it really does make sense to pay attention to the care of your things, since it seems like we're really not doing that these days. we're more about the disposable things, and knowing that it's easy to get something new, but you should really pay more attention to preserving what you have
shydcgirl28 shydcgirl28 8 years
Spectra you know I agree with you girlie! I believe in the less-is-more and a little goes a long way theories, and it keeps us from buying things we can't pay for!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
This is so true, especially with cars. My husband's a mechanic and he maintains our cars very well. Replace your belts when they start to get worn (the belts cost around $20 and buying one of those will save you a $200+ problem when the belt breaks on the highway and you need to get your car towed to the shop to get a new belt put on), change your oil regularly, make sure your tires are decent and properly inflated and aligned, and basically just maintain the car properly. If you do that, your car will probably last at least 5 or 6 extra years. We drive "beater" cars that are very mechanically sound and we plan on driving them until they seriously can't be fixed anymore. As far as clothing goes, I always buy easy-care clothes because I KNOW that I would be very bad about dry-cleaning/hand-washing/etc. that some special clothes need.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This is so true! Caring for things in the proper way prevents problems down the road.
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