Today's mail brought these to my door: 2 sets of Cuisinart black handled flatware. I can't believe the cost of everyday flatware! Granted, it's been 30 years since I had to shop for any! I did combine several discounts: an extra 20% off, Kohl's cash, free shipping, etc. to make this replacement more affordable, so hopefully this will last me the next 30 years as well. I chose the black handled ones as they will match with any table setting.
I have a line item in my monthly budget for household goods. Although I did acquire some things since moving to this new rental (lamps, a couch/love seat set, 2 end tables, a rug for DD, a bathmat for the hall bath, one bath towel, 1 hanging Fall themed kitchen towel, thermal drapes (2 sets split between DD and the twin's rooms), I have kept the actual out of pocket costs as low as possible and kept our future needs in mind. These type of purchases can be viewed as household investments. I pick neutral colors and designs that are classic and will blend with what we currently have, which we will be reusing in our next housing situation-whether it be another rental or my nexxt forever home.
How do you address replacement of house hold goods? Do you budget for them? Seek alternative sources?