Be Handy, Save Money!

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Be Handy, Save Money!

I don’t consider myself very handy when it comes to fixing things around the house or in general. Thankfully, I married someone who compensates for my inadequacies. Mr. LH can take things apart, oil, tighten, fix parts then put the object back together good as new. It has saved  us a lot of money in terms of not having to replace fans, vacuums, and many of our appliances through the years.

Recently, I bought a new bike. I was thrilled to ride it. But…..

  • Day one – it rode great.
  • Day two – back tire was completely flat.
  • Day three – had tire fixed and inner tube replaced at the local bike shop.
  • Day four – back fender sounded like it was about to fall off. Rattle, rattle, rattle.

I really didn’t want to go back to the bike shop and have them tear off the tire again to fix the rattling fender. I also was tired of having to haul my brand new bike back to a shop so soon – 1 visit every two days is too many.

Mr. LH to the rescue! Thankfully, fixing a bike isn’t brain surgery, or so I heard Mr. LH say. He was able to tear off my front and back tire (might as well tighten both fenders while he’s at it), tighten all the loose bolts – which were many to my dismay  – and fix the rattling noise that was driving me insane. It also saved me $20 bucks and the trouble of taking it to the bike shop.

It also helped him feel confident that he can fix any future bike problems which is lucky for me – his handiness saved us money, saved me the headache of taking the time to fix it somewhere else, and possibly saved me from having an accident. Ouch!

One of these days I’ll have to ask him to show me how to be as handy as he is. ;)

Do you or someone in your household know how to fix things? Are you a handyman/woman?

8 Comments

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  1. Michelle

    Usually us or someone we knows fix things around our house.

  2. Christian L.

    That’s the beauty of bicycles: Repairs can be frequent, but also simple. If you bought your bike new, it’s a good idea to give the whole bike a thorough look over. Sometimes non-drivetrain parts (like your fender’s mounting screws) are only hand tight.

    If Mr. LH enjoyed the quick fixes, I bet he’ll soon fill up a toolbox with bike tools. Those can start to get expensive, but in the long run they save time, money and energy you’d spend going to your local shop.

    -Christian L. @ Smart Military Money

  3. krantcents

    My level of handiness is pretty low. Minor plumbing replacements is about it. I am really good at finding inexpensive repair people and use them occasionally.

  4. Lance @ Money Life and More

    My dad is handy and lives within 30 mins from here so I try to learn as much as possible from him!

  5. Julie @ The Family CEO

    We’re not very handy at all around here. Sad, but true. Enjoy the new bike!

  6. Dominique Brown

    I save a lot of money every year by fixing and maintaining things around my house. If something needs to be repaired, I just consult my DIY books or just watch a “how-to” video online instead hiring someone to do it for me.

  7. Jackie

    I’m a huge DIYer, so I generally give fixing things myself a short first. I enjoy both doing the work AND the savings.

  8. Barbara Friedberg

    I love to work with my hands. Fixed leaky hoses last week in the pedestal sink. Such a feeling of satisfaction.

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