Question of the Day

Are you a fixer-upper or a just buy it new kinda person?

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6 Responses to Question of the Day

  1. Laura says:

    You HAD to put a pic of the Maytag guy up, didn’t you??? My MAYTAG washer went on the fritz this weekend. It’s going to cost minimum $400 to fix the stupid thing. And a new front-loader starts at about $625. So do we fix, or do we buy? My washer is only 10 years old! So it galls me to buy new, especially when my mom’s is like 30, and still going strong. Alas, they don’t make things like they used to.

    Anyway, to answer your question… it depends on the situation. As evidenced by the Pull Up Post, I’m putting in new fencing myself, with the help of a wonderful friend. I replaced my garbage disposal, and I do lots of little things around here. But then there are times when I have to buy new… like when my fridge went out. So yeah, it depends.

  2. skl1 says:

    It depends for me, too. I like those little projects, and if I have the time and energy, I’m likely to take something apart and see if I can make it last a little longer. But at this season of my life, I don’t often have the time for an optional project, especially if the item is easy to replace (or do without).

  3. Sue says:

    Right after I wrote this QOD, I saw an article on when to buy new versus fixing something (mainly our appliances). It basically said anything over 10 years old you should buy new b/c the technology has improved so much that it’s not worth fixing something. But, it also said, when you go to buy something new you should look for the one that has the features you like, but not more features than you need b/c that just means more stuff can go wrong with the appliance. (Their example was a washing machine with 12 different wash cycles and a dryer with 15 different options. Do you really need those things when all it needs to do is dry your clothes?) Like a lot of people, we fix when we can and buy new when we have to.

  4. Joy says:

    It depends. If I think I can fix something I’ll try my best but if it’s something like a washing machine or dryer that’s run it’s course, why waste the money trying to fix it?

  5. Nikki says:

    We fix it if it’s able to be fixed. Thankfully Jason is very handy, and I’m not too bad myself! I’ve repaired SO many vacuum’s, I should go into business. We only buy new if we have to.

  6. kweenmama says:

    Fix if it can be fixed. Buy new if the old has given up the ghost.

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