We are not handy people.
For so many years, we were a family of Convenience. We wasted thousands on eating out so we didn't have to cook. We hired people to do our yard work so we could have a nice looking yard in one afternoon instead of a few weekends. We wrote check after check to handymen because we simply didn't know how to fix anything in our home. It's not that we had so much money to waste, but we fooled ourselves into believing that we deserved the Luxury of Ignorance.
"I don't know how to snake a clogged drain!" Can you believe that it took us 4 visits from the plumber and a total of $1200 before we figured out that we could, ourselves, buy a plumber's snake for under $20 and unclog our pipes ourselves??? Oy, the ignorance!
"I don't want to cook tonight!" After a long day of work, who wants to fire up the oven for a home-cooked meal? We have literally spent THOUSANDS of dollars on convenience foods and eating out. That's when I discovered the best little restaurant in town...The Freezer! When I cook now, I try to make at least two of the same dinner - one for now, and one for The Freezer. When I'm too tired to cook, I just call up The Freezer for delivery!
"Cars are way too complicated to fix." On our way home from Florida this past weekend, our turn signals died. It was a little scary to drive on I-95 with no turn signals! All the way home I grumbled to myself about having to take the car in to the mechanic and how that was probably going to cost me $400. I was still in the Luxury of Ignorance mindset, believing that we were just not equipped to make any repairs to a car. My husband then opened the glove compartment and pulled out the owner's manual. After a few flips through, he said that he thought it might be a fuse and he could try to replace it. The next day, he went to the auto parts store (a place neither of us have ever stepped foot in) and got the replacement fuse for FOUR DOLLARS!!! He popped it in and the turn signals worked! WOW!
My family's new mantra is: How can we save by doing this ourselves? What we've discovered is that there is much more Richness of Pride in Knowledge than there is Luxury in Ignorance.