There is a reason why auto mechanics, plumbers, carpenters and other professionals who fix things often charge a lot: these are complicated types of work requiring a lot of skill and training. That said, for those who are determined to learn, figuring out how to do even the most basic repairs on your car or how to fix that door that doesn't close properly can really add up in savings.
Pipkin learned how to fix many things on his 1995 Kia Sephia -- a car that was given to him by a friend -- and he says that, while often frustrating, it has been worthwhile financially. And here's the thing: With a big family, especially one that includes grown children or grandparents, there's a good chance that someone will be mechanically inclined or already have valuable skills that are helpful in fixing things around the house.
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