I live in Greenfield with my husband and cat. I work full time. Frugality and simplicity have been a part of my life long before they became popular and it has made life a lot less stressful. I love volunteering, home improvement/decorating, crafting and gardening.
I hope my ideas are assisting some of you. I wish I could teach a class on everything I have learned and done over the years to save money, build up savings, and reduce expenses and debt.
Over the last two weeks, our electric dryer quit drying and two of our printers started printing poorly. The dryer is only 3 years old, the black and white laser printer is 15 years old and the color laser printer is 8 years old. Together, my husband and I fixed them all and they are working and running as well as the day we purchased them and we didn't spend a dime! First of all, we went online and googled "how to fix......." and got into a website that bloggers use to help out people who have questions on fixing something that is wrong with an appliance and/or printer or whatever. We always save the booklets we receive when we purchase an item but this time they did not help us figure out what was wrong. First of all and most importantly, ALWAYS UNPLUG AN APPLIANCE OR PRINTER OR WHATEVER YOU ARE FIXING WHILE YOU ARE WORKING ON IT!
After disconnecting the power plug from the outlet, we removed the front and top panels of the dryer and cleaned out all of the lint. Checked the belts, etc. All seemed good. Put everything back together; plugged the dryer back into the outlet and still no heat. Again, went back to the online blog and found out there is a reset button under the drum inside the dryer. Unplugged again. Took off the front cover. Looked under the drum - sure enough, your average Joe would never have seen that reset button! Probably was "hidden" on purpose! After resetting it, the dryer worked just as well as it had when we purchased it.
As for the printers, it was as simple as cleaning some lenses with a soft cloth and the poor quality print was back to normal. We were ready to take the color laser into a repair shop - they wanted to charge us $75 just to walk in the door! That did not include labor or telling us what was wrong. We would have tossed the older black laser printer. Even if we only get another year out of it, it was worth taking the time to try to fix it ourselves! Just a little effort is all it took.
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And finally, how about trying this for just one week: Mark down everything you purchase and what you paid for it, including meals at restaurants and fast food places. You'll be amazed. Eating is good for the economy and if you must, use coupons. They really help. For Coupons: Go to the website of the establishment, purchase an Entertainment or Gold C book, check local newspapers or shoppers that you find in stores...
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