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Buying new can be overrated; at least that's the buzz since the economic downturn. But there may some truth to it. Sometimes it's just cheaper to fix what you've got, instead of buying the new stuff. Gwendolyn Bell Sessoms, a local seamstress said, "Because of the economy, people just can't afford to buy new clothes, unless it's a special occasion." She said has had more customers bringing in their old clothes to be altered. Fixing garments is the cheaper way to keep your wardrobe fresh. She continued, “People are doing this with shoes too, cause they come in here asking if I fix shoes of handbags." That's where Wan Su Kim comes in. He's a cobbler, and can fix just about any kind of shoe. Mr. Kim said, "Now the economy is down, so I say, fix everything!" Mr. Kim reported repairs will always cost less than a pair of shoes. If you can't afford a new car straight off the lot, maintaining the one you already have may save you money in the long run. David King, a Meineke owner said, "If I go ahead and fix it now, that's one car payment that will keep the care running for another six or seven months and save a car payment." Car sales may be down, but car repairs are up. “If you have an expensive car repair, that may be only $500, and in this market that's a single car payment." In these economic times, it pays to maintain the stuff you already own. We'd like to hear your ideas for saving money. Email us here at the station....newsroom@wway tv3.com and tell us how you're trimming down costs these days.

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