Even 15 years or so ago the internet was a resource for repairs! One of the first websites I ever used was "fixyourownprinter dot com." You used the site to diagnose the problem and then they mailed you the parts and a VHS tape! I saved $300 or so on a laser printer repair.
And with YouTube, you can get such EXACT help! This summer I found a video of a guy repairing the tailgate latch on exactly the same model of truck I own. It was funny because he had a really hard time with it but kept the camera going, so you could avoid making the mistake he made (and just about anybody would make if they weren't warned.)
I have felt that way about this whole economic downturn. Sure, times are almost as hard as in previous depressions/recessions, but there are so many more ways to learn to do things for yourself. I'm living on about half the budget I used to for groceries because I found out it's cheap and easy to make your own yogurt, bread, jam, etc.
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