The other day a brother of mine came visiting. He looked at our dining set and went Ã¢â‚¬ËœWow! But did you need to replace your mahogany dining set?Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ I sat there thinking he was very right. The other dining set was not worn out but we had it for over five years and we thought bringing something trendy would do. So we replaced our old dining set for that reason alone.
But when this brother left, I had some serious thinking going on in my small head. How many times do many of us change our cars, kitchen ware, lounge items, bedroom ware, mobile phones, etc just because we either want to move with fashion or just feel like they have overstayed?
Some of you could be in similar situations. You have bought new talk-of-town cars and now have two vehicles with the old one parked at home or sold off cheaply. Some have even gone to the extent of obtaining a loan whose pangs have been with you for a long while.
While am not encouraging us to have museum cars or live in museum of homes, you can make do with some of the old items that are still functional and in good shape and save huge amounts of money in the process. Matter of fact, these days having stone-age type of possessions is more admirable than having modern items.
In my home, until very recently, we have been using only one television set that my wife bought while she was a spinister. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an enormous, extremely heavy old 32 inch television that is now approaching 10 years. In all four corners, the screen has begun to turn faintly blue, and it shows up particularly well on a white screen, as the cloudiness covers a good portion of the screen.
Not too long ago, I had insisted on replacing this, but in all honesty, it was a working TV set and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t interfere with any of our usage of it. Thus, we had to keep it until the issue became serious enough that it disallowed our use of the television for any purpose.
Quite frankly, some of our friends and family think this is weird. “Why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t you just replace it?” they used to ask. “You can afford it, you know,” they would say, as though they need to remind us that we can, in fact, spend money.
The real truth of the matter is that my wife and I have started to follow a set of unwritten rules about when and how to upgrade or replace the items that we have now. If we have an item that is functional, we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t replace it with something newer unless really necessary. This rule is why we had not replaced our television set until very recently Ã¢â‚¬â€œ it has been functional, so why replace it?
However, when we do replace something, we replace it with one having long term quality and reliability. When we bought the replacement TV, we made sure we got something that is of high quality and durable. This did cost us a lot out of pocket right then, but the efficiency and reliability of the item is likely to pay dividends for many years.
The bottom line is so simpleÃ¢â‚¬â€do you really need to replace your functional household items or can manage to stay with them for a while? The finances freed could help you buy that piece of land and start building a house or buy books for your children.