How I saved $336 by being my own mechanic : March 2015 Budget Update

FIXING YOUR OWN STUFF   We all know that car maintenance costs can rip a chunk from the budget but what’s worse is waiting until something falls apart. There is a reason that vehicles especially a new vehicle will come with a car maintenance schedule. Not everything on a vehicle has to be replaced but it should certainly be serviced and inspected for any wear and tear and potential problems. Vehicle Maintenance costs are what most people dread but if you are handy you might even get away with some mechanical DIY. If you are not handy please don’t attempt any work on your vehicle. You will only cost yourself more money in car repairs over the long-term. You may even repair something incorrectly if you just “guess” and it could cause an accident. Plenty of people play the mechanic role and do repairs or even their own oil change so they don’t have to fork out big bucks to a shop charging $100 an hour for their mechanic. Keep in mind there is a reason why they are in a trade and it takes many years to become Red Seal Certified. You can’t do everything a mechanic does unless […]

Winter Vehicle Maintenance Costing You Less In The Long Run

  IT’S TIME TO GET YOUR VEHICLE READY FOR THE SNOW AND ICY ROADS AHEAD.   There are many winter vehicle maintenance jobs you need to do to get your vehicle ready for the cold seasonal temperatures that are just around the corner. Ignoring your winter auto care is only asking for trouble which leads to money and time lost whether it be from work or completing other tasks which require a vehicle. Take care of your vehicle and it will take care of you costing you less over time in repairs. Having a winter vehicle checklist will help get your car ready for winter and will ensure you are taking care of the fundamentals. If winter vehicle maintenance isn’t in your budget I’d suggest adding this category if your vehicle is something you need and use. Related: What budget categories are needed when using a budget?   Winter vehicle maintenance saves you money   Here are some items on my winter vehicle maintenance checklist that I do to keep our vehicles in tip-top condition during the cold Canadian winter months. Don’t think that your car can sustain the winter year after year without doing even the basic winter vehicle […]

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