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Not Meeting my Savings Goals and Learning to use tools

July 13th, 2009 at 02:27 pm

I just realized I didn't meet my 6 month goal for savings. But I did realize that part of it is because I had to replace my car radiator ($500) and my garage door ($1158). So while I didn't meet my savings goal, I was able to meet true emergencies without further debt, and get a check from my credit card (which I pay off monthly) for $71.00, which I lavishly spent at Ross dress for less for a skirt, a top, sandels and a griddle (all of which I needed, especially the sandels and griddle).

I am the proud owner of an electric drill (with i use with a 50 foot cord if necessary). I tried to drill a hole through my patio door, so i could run a dowel through it for security, but it didn't work. Today I went to the guys at work and got a center punch and directions on using said drill (which i use with safety glasses).

I learned that there are drill bits for metal and drill bits for wood and drill bits for both. I may need a bigger bit, but bit by bit (bad pun) I'm learning to do these things for myself. I brought a/c filters and changed the filter and screwed the cover back into the ceiling so the darn thing wouldn't fall off.

Slowly but surely, I'm learning to do things for myself. I am not wildly smart at this stuff, but I'm getting better at it and I can save money doing small repairs and get so I understand what they are doing with the large repairs.


4 Responses to “Not Meeting my Savings Goals and Learning to use tools”

  1. whitestripe Says:

    good work Smilewhen I help DF with his job (he's a floor installer and sander) I have to use power tools, so I am slowly getting used to it. i can use a drop saw, an orbital and an angle grinder, but i wouldn't have a clue about how to use a drill! (yet!)

  2. gamecock43 Says:

    holy cow I didnt realize garage doors cost so much. Grateful I dont have a garage!

  3. HELPmeFriend Says:

    nothing better than paying for something in full. You didn't save but you had saved enough for those items when you needed them. Way to go!

  4. milehighgal Says:

    I always recommend the older, retired guys at Ace Hardware for good advice and instructions on how to do anything handy. There is one near my house and their advice over the years has been invaluable!

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