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The One Project I Refuse to DIY

There’s only a handful of DIY projects I don’t like doing. Drywall finishing, window tint, and carpet installation. But I’ll still do them to save some money. After today, I’m never going to attempt one particular project again. Tire installation.

I ruined my scooter rim this morning because I didn’t want to pay the 20 bucks to have my new tire mounted by the professionals.

From now on I’ll be buying my tires online and taking the rims and tires to a professional to be mounted.

Teaching Lauren Basic Car Maintenance

On our way back from Wisconsin, we stopped in Chicago.  We got our oil changed in the city for $30 dollars, saving us on parking.  But, they said we needed our brakes done and wanted to charge us $374 dollars for the job.

We decided to buy the parts online instead and do it ourselves.  It saved us over $300 and it was a great opportunity to teach Lauren how to change her own brake pads.

Ways We Save Money For Early Retirement

Here is a tour of our house. We show just a few of the ways we’re able to save 75% of our income every month.

The biggest budget items for most people are:
1. Housing
2. Transportation
3. Food

We keep costs down by living simply in a small house, saving cash for our car, and limiting our restaurant eating to $50/mo.

Also be sure to DIY everything, buy used, and cut your energy costs as much as possible (gas for the car and electricity at home).