Maintaining What You Already Own & Doing Without new Gadgets
This week I fixed the loose toilet seat in our bathroom. I knew that if I did not get it tightened that it would probably break and cause me to have to buy a new one.
To start with I tried to fix it with a pair of pliers while leaning over the seat, but was unable to tighten it sufficiently.
What I ended up doing was getting in the floor to really tighten it well and scrubbed the commode and floor while I was down there.
What's funny is that now they offer toilet seat tightener kits. I saved money by doing it myself versus buying a $11.99 Ginsey toilet seat tightener kit from Walmart.
Another thing we did this week in the bathroom was to hot glue the upper portion of our shower door to keep it from falling down. I'm not sure if it's missing a piece or what, but it won't be falling down again anytime soon.
Maintaining what you own will definitely save you money over the years rather than buying new when something breaks down.
When was the last time you vacuumed your refrigerator coils? That job will definitely extend the life of your refrigerator.
This week I saw a new kitchen gadget for straining grease, which is called the Easy Greasy Strainer.
Love this post! So true. All the new gadgets that are out there are simply money grabbers. I drain grease the exact same way!ReplyDelete
It seems like every day there is some simple fix done around the house to prevent things from getting worse and costing money.
Great minds think alike, Cheryl. I love that you drain grease the same way. Thank you. :)Delete
Thank you for another no-nonsence post about what "used to be" common sense to average folks! These gifts you give us create many "AHA moments" and help stimulate our brains which have been fed a daily diet of simply unnecessary ads from the advertisers! You are SUCH a blessing to so many.
Thank you so much, Pam. That means a lot to me. You're so sweet. :)Delete
I love your common sense approach to household management and budgeting. What my grandmother would have called "gumption" seems to be in short supply these days, based on the gadgets available for purchase. Looking forward to another year of saving and thriving alongside you in 2019. All the best!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Carol. I'm looking forward to another year of saving and thriving along with you too, Carol. I hope you thrive and prosper in the new year. :)Delete
Like Alton Brown used to say, I prefer a multi-tasker tool to a "one trick pony" tool in my kitchen. All those specialized tools you can buy will take over the space in your kitchen along with all your money! lolzReplyDelete
So, so true, Sluggy. They take up so much more space that we would run out of room if we bought them all. LOLDelete
I had no idea there was even such a thing as a toilet seat tightening kit. All this time I thought a pair of pliers and a screwdriver was all you needed for the job. Silly me!ReplyDelete
I am not a big fan of one use gizmos usually, but I did break down and buy a veggie spiralizer since I am eating no pasta.
I know, right, Anne? I didn't know there was a tool for tightening toilet seats until I Googled the topic about tightening the seat. LOLDelete
I do have one of those spiralizers too, but I rcvd it as a Christmas present a few years ago. It's pretty cool.
And I have to admit that I do love kitchen tools. They are my guilty pleasure, although I normally buy them at yard sales for a fraction of the cost of new. LOL
Thanks for the great post. I learned a better way to strain grease! I have been using an empty can and tipping the grease out of the pan while holding a flat strainer. I always seen to have a hard time keeping the meat in the pan. I will be using your method from now on.ReplyDelete
Oh, I'm so glad you liked the idea, Ellie. I've used one of those flat strainers for potatoes, so I know what you're talking about. Glad to help. :)Delete
Perhaps you need a column: Ask Belinda, somewhat like Ann Landers' column but "how to." :) You almost always have an answer to a problem.ReplyDelete
Awwww...you're so sweet, Anna. We could write it together! Hee Hee :)Delete
I like your grease idea. I will definitely try that. Right now, we use a paper towel to absorb the grease, but that's pretty wasteful. Thanks for the suggestion!ReplyDelete
You are very welcome!Delete
It cracks me up all the things they think we need to make our lives easier and then we have to store them and find them. What did the pioneers do?ReplyDelete
Exactly Kim! LOL Pioneers probably saved it and made soap or something else genuisly.Delete
Candles and oil for lamps.Delete
Great idea, Anna.Delete
There are so many gadgets for every little thing! I wonder if people really buy them. Not only these cost money, you also need space to store them.ReplyDelete
You are so smart to use what you have.
Your post reminded me that it's time to clean the fridge coils again. Thanks Belinda. :)
You're welcome, Nil. So any of those gadgets are made cheaply too and don't last very long, which is another reason to avoid them at all costs.Delete
Haha - I laughed when you said while you were down there you cleaned around the toilet. :)ReplyDelete
Seriously though, this post is so true. I see things all the time for sale and think, "really?" There's something for sale that does ______fill in the blank.
Additionally when I have a job around the house I often challenge myself to figure out a way to fix whatever it is without running to the store and buying the easy fix.
THat's the way my Dad always did things, Debra. Whatever was broken he could find something around the house to fix it. It's a great way to save money. :)Delete
That's great, Renee. I like a minimalist style as everything looks so neat and tidy. :)ReplyDelete