How We Saved $130.64 With This One Simple Trick

Blake came home from work last week and said the air in his truck would only work on high. Grrreeeaaat! The good news was, it wasn’t an emergency. An inconvenience, sure, but not an emergency. Windows need defrosting? Turn that baby on high long enough to get the job done. Feeling chilly? Turn it on until you’re sweltering, turn it off until you’re chilly again. No problem! After all, we are trying our best to save money! What’s a minor inconvenience?

Unfortunately, his radio doesn’t work either. That’s been an inconvenience for a few years now after he tried to help a lady out by jumping her car and ended up frying his battery and stereo system.

After a while, it may feel like everything is broken!

Is it necessary to live with inconveniences when you’re trying to save money? Perhaps it is. Perhaps, you can fix it yourself!

Because Blake was so successful fixing our dryer and oven a few short weeks ago, we decided to see if it would be feasible to try his hand on his truck too!

Amazingly enough, there are so many AWESOME PEOPLE in this world that are willing to help through YouTube!

Blake came home from work last week and said the air in his truck would only work on high. Grrreeeaaat! The good news was, it wasn't an emergency. An inconvenience, sure, but not an emergency. After all, we are trying our best to save money! What's a minor inconvenience? Is it necessary to live with inconveniences when you're trying to save money? Perhaps it is. Perhaps, you can fix it yourself! Amazingly enough, there are so many AWESOME PEOPLE in this world that are willing to help!

Save Money with YouTube!

Yes! YouTube has saved our bacon more than once this month!

A simple Google search lead us to a guy on YouTube showing the exact steps to take to replace the blower motor resistor. Oh no, we didn’t know what was wrong or the parts we would need but simply typing in ‘air stuck on high Dodge Dakota 2004’ led us to our answer.

YouTube, thirty minutes, and $9.84 for a new blower motor resistor and we are in business!

Out of curiosity, we called our local Dodge dealership to ask how much it would cost to replace the blower motor resister and the quote was $140.48. Whoa!

140.48 – 9.84 = 130.64

That’s a $130.64 savings!

We were so ecstatic we decided to go out to dinner to celebrate and spend the savings! Just kidding! In reality, the $9.84 came out of our expendables fund for the month.

Now let’s be clear. You may not be able to fix everything yourself (I’m looking at you, dishwasher) but chances are, if you’re having an issue, someone else might be too. Hopefully that someone else will be kind enough to show you what to do!

Blake dealt with the inconvenience of air that only worked on high less than a week. There are inconveniences we can live with, ahem, washing dishes by hand, but we’re happy to DIY everything we can!

It’s really quite satisfying to do it yourself!

Are you living with inconveniences to save money?

 

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  • kay Mar 28, 2016, 7:48 pm

    We were quoted $250 for the lawnmower repairman to come and get our hand and riding mowers and get them working. When the hubby told me this, I was like, aw HECK no! Hubby fixes furnaces, a/c’s, our minivan sometimes, the washer, the dryer, etc. Why he felt the lawnmowers were beyond him is beyond me! So he did a little online research and found the problem. It cost us under $20 for the parts, and it took him less than a half hour to fix the mowers. DIY is like prayer. Always go there first!

  • Sunshine and Rainy Days Apr 1, 2016, 6:41 pm

    Amen! You have a way with words, Kay! DIY has been like a prayer a lot around here lately! Isn’t it funny how we limit ourselves but we can do so much!

  • Janeen Apr 18, 2016, 3:47 pm

    Isn’t it great to be married to someone who has mechanical aptitude and is willing to give it a shot? We’ve similarly used a YouTube tutorial to replace an… uh… doo-bobber… that controlled the… thingymajig…. in our old van. Plus putting a new ice sensor in the fridge/freezer. So thankful for people willing to video tape their expertise for free! Ha. I just said “video tape” 🙂

  • Jayleen Apr 18, 2016, 4:30 pm

    Lol! I wonder if kids know what “video tape” means these days? I LOVE your very descriptive words, Janeen! I need to work thingymajig into a few posts! It’s so true though. I’m incredibly thankful for kind souls willing to help us out now and then on YouTube! My hubby has come a long way in the fix it department!

  • hull girl Jul 5, 2016, 2:26 am

    Paid £119 for a bathroom suite and turned to you tube. Nice helpful people on there saved us a fortune.

  • Sunshine and Rainy Days Jul 7, 2016, 3:20 pm

    Yay! There are so many nice people out there willing to share their expertise! Congrats on the new bathroom!