Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Brake free from overspending with Diabetes
When I was a wee young 17 year old, my father made me do all the maintenance on my beautiful Plymouth Reliant K car. I remember the time I had to do the brakes on the car and he had me take the rotors down to Autozone to have them turned down and they let me know the pads were to thin to be turned down. My father was not about to spend 15 bucks on new rotors so he had me in the driveway with my car on blocks, the transmission in drive, while I used a piece of sand paper held to the rotors manually turning them myself. The the pads I bought did not fit so I then had to take the pads to a grinder and make them fit. Looking back at how my dad was wise on making a square peg fit into a round hole and also maybe a little dangerous but I survived. He had me changing the oil and everything. Then when I graduated from high school he gave me his truck which had recently blown out the head gasket, and we both sat in our driveway rebuilding that engine. I used to ask him why we did this work ourselves and he told me that we were able and capable to do it ourselves and paying someone to do the things we can do is just a waste of money. Now my father was extremely mechanically inclined and I have two left hands and am like a bull in a china closet. These days I do a few of the items personally but have a mechanic perform the rest. I think this is a balance from how my father did everything himself because he was very capable, and the other part is from a book I read in college: The millionaire next door, where the author talks about how if you do everything yourself such as mowing the lawn and fixing your car then when it comes to the end of the day you have no time left for your family. So I try to categorize things like mowing the lawn which is something I enjoy doing so spending 25 bucks on that is not worth it. Then getting my shirts dry cleaned costs me 1.89 a shirt and that is worth it because I hate ironing and it takes me forever. See where the balance is, spend money on non-skilled labor items that take away from your family time and pay for those things that you consider a bad chore so a little wise money spent can save you quality family time which in the end saves money. Now, I should quit being so lazy and start doing my own oil changes and start washing the gain. The brake job cost me 17.99 instead of the 300 quoted and now I can take that saved money and do something else with it like buy diabetes medicines.