Downgrade to change your budget
Cost needed to keep it going
Be it a lawnmower, a camera, or your television, every little thing that turns on has a cost associated with it. This might be the batteries it uses, the power outlet it plugs into, or the fuel you put into it. When something breaks, you should run an analysis of how much money you put into keeping it running. This does not need to be a full lifetime analysis, but it should be enough to at least give you a good idea of how much that particular item really costs you.
Consider a downgrade
When something breaks, most people will make an effort to replace it with an item that is much better and more costly, but this is not always a good idea. You can save yourself a lot of cash by just downgrading to a less expensive item. They are easier to keep and are sometimes better for your health because they make you work just a little bit better. Consider downgrading before you put all the cash into getting a big, fancy, new item.
Sometimes, it is a fantastic idea to downgrade to something that will take a little bit more work to take care of. When you are putting more work into the item, not only will you be healthier, but you will be helping the environment out a bit. Smaller homes are even a good idea because they have fewer costs associated with them and use fewer resources.
Think about quality
Make sure you are still putting the right cash into your product whenever you downgrade. Consider how long you want the product to last instead of an immediately inexpensive item. Occasionally they will bust quickly or not work at all. It is not worth it to get something that has poor quality when the product is just going to bust. If you are downgrading from a fuel lawnmower to a push one, you need to get a really nice push lawnmower that will work well enough.