Don'T Buy More Car (or Other Appliance) Than You Need
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Know what your needs are when you are buying a major appliance or a car. Find out what features you need. Make sure you have them, and DON'T LET ANYONE TALK YOU INTO ADDING ON NEAT FEATURES YOU WILL NOT USE. It isn't worth the extra money for useless (to you) features that sound cool in the store!
Walk away from pushy salesmen and get the business cards of ones who are willing to work with you to get you the right product for you and not the store! They ARE out there and it is helpful to remember who they are so the next time you need something you know exactly who to ask for.
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When the yard needs some water and the car needs a bath I combine the two by pulling the car onto the yard and give it a good water cleanse. I found you really don't need soap, just elbow grease, to clean the car and it really helps the yard. I feel soon water will be a very important commodity so why waste it at a car wash?
I have been wanting a bread machine for quite awhile but they are too expensive brand new. I went to a second hand store today and bought one for $13 and so far it is working!!! I was able to find the manual on the internet. So far I am tickled pink with my purchase.
Saving for unexpected necessities/ avoiding credit cards
In order to be prepared for the unexpected repairs on your car or household appliance, start putting $5 or $10 in an envelope every payday. Label the envelope for the items being saved for. For example, we have an envelope for car maintenance, one for house maintenance, and one for medical expense
My husband started us doing this and it made me frustrated at first, but when one of those unexpected things like fixing a mechanical problem on the car happens, it is such a life saver. This way you don't have to use a credit card to pay for the unexpected! 48
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