Reduce, reuse, recycle and ... repair? This is the fourth "r" that many of us have long forgotten. When a TV, vacuum, or kitchen appliance breaks, the normal reaction is to throw it away and buy a new one. But sometimes a simple repair will fix your broken appliance and make it almost as good as new. When something is damaged, look in the phone book for local businesses that can mend it. Many chain stores also have repair centers to help you with everything from computers to lamps. These fixes will also save you money: On average, repairing a broken item costs significantly less than buying a brand-new one.