I recently had my TV repaired. A something-or-other tube had blown, and for £60, two nice men collected the TV, took it to their shop, and returned it in working order. Before calling the repair shop, I thought about just buying a new one, but decided it would be frivolous. I'll probably get a few more years out of the set, and it's one less item for the landfill for now.
Having grown up in the overly-consumptive '80s, my first instinct hasn't always been to fix and repair. If something wasn't up to scratch, I'd just throw it out and get a new one. Frugality wasn't really a virtue of mine, but that's changing. I've resolved to waste less, which gives recycling a whole new meaning.
Are there any other frugal mamas out there? I'd love to hear ideas on making do with what you have.