Favorite money-saving mends

When it comes to repairing things around the home, I think sometimes we shy away from trying because we either don’t have the time or we don’t have the expertise to tackle the job. Or, frankly, we’d love a good excuse to buy a shiny, new replacement.

But I’ve found that one of the key elements to truly “living rich on less” is caring for the stuff we have and also deciding to fix or recreate something rather than making the easy – yet expensive – choice to replace it.

Today I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorite money-saving mends I’ve done over the past few years. These fixes were easy, cheap and have stood the test of time.

1. $10 couch makeover


2. Quick Crock Pot fix


3. Yard sale wicker chair fix


4. Dumpster-rescued chair redo


5. Closet castaway turned fresh fashion piece


What stuff around your home have you chosen to fix or give new life to rather than buying new?

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2 Responses

  1. Rosie says:

    I just read about washing your cushions on your sofa. I paid $300.00 to have my leather sofa cushions re-stuff!!!!!! They did a wonderful job and it has lasted over 12 years. I will try your idea. My question is How do you get rid of dog urine smell on cloth chairs. I was given this beautiful chair with ottoman and of course my little guy had to pee on it. Then the rest of the gang 3 others had to do mark their territory. I have tried using my attachment on my shampooer but to no avail…HELP!!!!

    • Susan says:

      That’s a tough one, Rosie. Vinegar is a powerful deodorizer and I also like the product OdoBan. The trick is to use hot water, a bit of vinegar and a smidge of concentrated steam machine cleaner in your steam machine. Then clean using that mixture, making sure to suck up all the moisture you can with the steam cleaning attachment. A spritz of OdoBan and a sprinkle of baking soda is a great finale to that process. However, sadly, if the cushion underneath the cover is urine-soaked, you may be fighting a losing battle. But it’s worth a shot, I say. Best of luck with your cleaning adventures and thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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