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Extend the Life of Your Belongings

Saving money is most people’s mantra in this economy. While prices of necessities like gas and groceries continue to rise, most of us are looking for ways to save money in other areas.

By taking care of things you’ve already spent money on – especially big-ticket items – you can delay the need to replace them, perhaps for years. Take a look around and evaluate where you could extend the life of your stuff.

Maximize the Life of a Product

The kitchen: Ranges and refrigerators can have long lives if treated right. Burners on gas model ranges should be inspected regularly and the burner ports cleaned carefully. Refrigerator door gaskets should be cleaned with water and mild detergent. The condenser coil should be dusted or vacuumed at least once a year too. The filters on dishwashers should also be checked regularly for debris.

The living room: Your living or family room can easily be the most used room of the house. Carpets and rugs tend to be abused the most, so think about having them cleaned professionally every year or so. Use pads under smaller rugs and rotate them often. Regularly clean TV screens and make sure the air vents are not blocked so the TV doesn’t overheat. Your computer should have up-to-date antivirus software. Always shut your computer down before moving it.

Lawn and garden: Lawn mowers should have blades sharpened at least once a mowing season and the underside cleaned of grass and debris after each use. Check the owner’s manual for battery maintenance for your mower – keep it charged year-round if needed.

The car: Tires are a necessity we often don’t think about until a problem arises. Consult your owner’s manual for information about inspecting them for wear, and always keep them properly inflated.

Washer and dryer: Take care not to overload the washer. For front-load washers, keep the door ajar after each use to allow air circulation and prevent mold. Clean the lint filter after each use of the dryer, and clean the air duct at least once a year.

Save for Your Next Big Purchase

Save as you spend with a Save’N Up account at Navigator. The Save’N Up Debit Card can help you build savings while you’re spending. When your well-cared-for items finally need to be replaced, consider using your savings to pay for them outright rather than having to take on debt. Call us today to open an account at 228-475-7300 or visit us online at www.navigatorcu.org.