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Making the most of the resources you have, whether or not times are tight

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

Resiliency is about being able to do well (or "well enough") with the resources that are available to us.  Frugality is about creatively finding ways to get our needs met while using available resources as sparingly as possible.

Whether or not hard times have hit your household, it is prudent to learn to make the most of what we have and stretch our personal resources as far as they can go.  As the dollar decreases in value, this challenge will increase for many of us.  For some of us, job loss or income reduction have strained our budgets, our ingenuity, and perhaps our patience.  For others, times were always a bit tight and we're now trying extra-hard to find ways to afford to prepare for the future -- instead of simply coping with today.  For others, frugality allows more money to be freed up for investment, flexibility, and a sense of security.  For still others, along with the majority of people in the world, simply getting each day's needs met is challenge enough.

No matter what our situation, we can all benefit from sharing insights, strategies, tips and tricks, for living frugally and learning to live comfortably on less.  Join us here in sharing ideas and increasing our collective resiliency through frugal living!

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Kim L. Law
By Kim L. Law on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 - 9:47pm

What to do with an old car

My sister bought an old Mercedes, 2003 C250 less than a year ago that we are sharing. This car is still operational but has several problems. I am trying to figure out the best way to make use / dispose of this car.

1. Check engine light is on - I was told that a prior check suggested that the catalytic converter needs replacement
2. Gear box occasionally drops gear or fail to shift
3. Central locking doesn't work for all doors
4. License plate lamp needs replacing
5. Some internal furniture wear & tear

My sister said that the mechanic wanted $380 to do diagnostics alone.

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