Wednesday, March 18, 2020


$400.00. Four hundred dollars, was what she paid to have battery cables replaced on her car. 

This is the kind of thing that I learned to do myself. I am not a mechanic, I did not grow up as a fix it guy,

 my dad didn't teach me anything like that, and I never even owned any basic tools before I decided to ditch my FIRE program and live my best life in the here and now.

But having the time to learn new skills is awesome. In this case, it kept me from getting ripped off like the above referenced lady. 

 The cables are $12.95 on amazon (see pic) and it would only take me a few minutes to change them, because I know what kind of car to own.

I wonder how many hours did she have to spend at her work to pay for that? Or what some would say, how much would that return in a long term investment?

Here's a tip. I developed a maintenance schedule instead of waiting for things to break down first. 

 So I would check the battery cables every few weeks and look for signs of wear.

 If so I would clean them, or replace them. 

Cleaning is like brushing your teeth, you just brush them with a metal brush. Anyone can do it.

This will keep your car from not starting when you least expect it and wasting a lot of money in a pinch.

Maintaining your home will also keep it in better shape and improve the value and make it easier to sell.
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Of course none of this will work if you don't have the time to do anything and take a leap and learn something you did not know before that will benefit you in the long run by being FI-REd earlier and better.

So which would you rather do? Spend 10 to 20 hours at your work not including the cost of going to work, or making a leisurely routine inspection at your own pace on a nice day while listening to the birds sing and the bees flutter and being smug about the fact that your cables cost you $12.95?

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