When something breaks I know that the first response is to go and try to replace the item. Over time this can cost quite a bit, to keep costs lower you might want to look into purchasing things that are higher quality that you can then repair. This would cost more initially but over the long term you would be saving money. For me I spend more on clothes, especially jeans that last years especially now that my kids are not growing as fast anymore. When they were younger I’d spend more on backpacks, with my son I only bought him 2 for school from pre-school throughout high school.