One of the things I will be trying this next year is using something until it can't be fixed or used any longer. In the past, I would sometimes buy something to replace an item that was older, but still usable. This is really just a matter of laziness. For instance, my 19 year old sewing machine needs some tweaking. However, recently, instead of taking the time to buy a few replacement parts, I went out and purchased an inexpensive new model. In one week's time, the new machine broke and I had to take it back. Thankfully, I was given a refund, which made me realize that, for a small fraction of the money, I could have bought a few new parts, put a little effort into fixing my old machine, and had one that was still better quality than the new one! So my motto for the new year will be to use it up, until it can't be used any more. Then, I can justify spending money, and not feel guilty.