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Moms, The Appliance Repair Man Could Be Your New BFF

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 145

When it happens to me, it almost always feels like a pretty big tragedy. Of course, I know there are worse things in the world than buying a new blender or vacuum, but these unplanned expenses really eat into my family's budget, and it is even worse when something larger like the dryer or the dishwasher breaks.

That is how I used to feel, and I have to admit that things are better since I met my new BFF. No, it was not another mom from the park or the cool dad that I see in the preschool parking lot. Rather, my next BFF is the repairman.

I have realized that by fixing my appliances I can save hundreds of dollars, and in some cases, I have even saved thousands. Best of all, every time I have gotten something repaired, I have avoided sending my old junk to the landfill, and I really like that feeling. For years, I never even realized that many things could be repaired, but now that I have started to research it, I have realized that most of my appliances can be repaired.


After I realized what a financial asset it is to repair things. I decided to get my warranties in order. I found every warranty that I could, and I alphabetized them in a file folder. While reading Consumer Reports, I discovered that ninety percent of consumers who face a problem with an item that is under warranty are able to get their appliances fixed quickly and easily. I found that I had similar positive experiences when my appliances that were under warranty broke.

Small Fixes

Some of my broken appliances were so easy to fix that I was able to fix them by myself. A couple years ago, I stretched the cord on my vacuum too tightly, and it snapped. I paid my BFF the repairman to fix it for me, but he only had to replace the plug by wiring on a new one. Luckily, he only charged me for a half an hour of his time, and he even showed me how to do it myself. Now, when I break a cord like that, I definitely do not throw the appliance away, I simply spend a couple of dollars on a new plug and fix the cord.

Big Fixes

Big fixes are best left to the professionals. My BFF recently fixed the snapped belt on my dryer. The belt itself was not too expensive so I mostly ended up paying him for his time. I had a similar experience when something went wrong with the washing machine. For the amount that I paid him, I could have spent the same amount and bought a new machine. However, it would have been one of the cheapest machines in the store so I opted to invest the money into fixing my current washer which is a relatively high end one. Generally, that is the financial criteria that I like to use when I am trying to decide whether to fix or replace.

In most cases, I have found it to be more environmentally friendly and cheaper to call a repairman than to replace an appliance. To be honest, the repairman is not really my new BFF. However, I do use some of the money that I save by using his services to take my real BFF out for a much deserved dinner and bottle of wine.

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