Maintaining What You Already Own & Doing Without new Gadgets

by - January 03, 2019

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. 

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This item sells for $19.95 at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. I have my own system for straining grease from ground beef and includes my own strainer and a glass measuring cup. 

I set my strainer on top of the measuring cup and let the grease drain into the measuring cup below. Then I place the grease into a jar, let in cool, and place it in the garbage can. 

Now my grease removal system might not be fancy, but it works for me. And I have no need to spend $19.95 on a gadget when I already have the tools at home to handle the job. 

~ Living within our Means ~

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