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What Did You Buy Used for Christmas?

I am thinking back to Christmas and what a wonderful time our family had.  We truly enjoyed each other.  This year was not about and over abundance of gifts but more about time spent with the ones that you love.  This past Christmas I feel like we truly accomplished that. 

What did I buy used for Christmas?  A couple of the large toys for my little ones were used.  My youngest likes to play with trains.  Yes, grandma purchased him an adorable little wooden magnetic train set by Melissa & Doug.  It had 9 in a wooden case.  So I went ahead and purchased him a used set of train tracks.  As so many parents know.  These can be pretty costly brand new.  So it was worth saving the money.  Not only saving money but in being less of a consumer. 

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3. Designer Clothing and your local thrift store is a good place to start with used designer clothing.

4. CD's and DVD's
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5. Baby items, toys and games
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6. Homes
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Washer broke!!!

We moved into this house two years ago. With it came a used "Magic Chef" washer and dryer. It is rusting at the hinges but it still worked. The other day I went to wash some clothes and found that one of the plastic hinges to the door broke off. If this were last year, this would have been my excuse to go out and buy one of those beautiful Maytag washer and dryer sets. You know the ones that cost $1,000 plus each? The one I have dreaming about for the past 8 years? Yes that's the one.

Anyhow, long story short I am not buying a new set. The washer still works. I have to be careful when I open the door, it will shut the laundry cycle off because it goes to far without the hinge. But other than that, it still washes the darn clothes. I'm going to do a little research to see if I can find a replacement hinge or some super duper glue that will hold up to my laundry four times a week.

Update: My husband found some kind of special glue laying around the house and decided t…

3 months!!!

Here we are at almost three months. I can't believe how we don't have a need for new things. So far, we have only needed to buy food. I feel like my house is still full of things I don't need. I'm working on donating and selling some things on ebay.