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31 Days of Finishing – Day 9: Saving Money is a Great Motivator to Finishing

Day 9 - I found a way to save money by finishing today's to-do. No, it is not by ignoring my car's needs.

Day 9 – I found a way to save money by finishing today’s to-do. No, it is not by ignoring my car’s needs.

How do you save money when it comes to car maintenance?

  • Do things yourself?
  • Shop around for the best deal?
  • Use coupons?
  • Ignore it until it becomes a MUST DO?

Today I found a way to save myself a nice sum of money (and time) each year. And this is true because I took care of today’s to-do, “Find Out How Often to Change My Car Engine’s Oil.”

I got my first car in 1978, a brown Bobcat. And at that time, it was recommended to change the oil every 3,000 miles. In 2001 I took over the maintenance of my present vehicle. And I was under the impression that was still true.

This is an impression that was re-enforced every time I had my oil changed at a garage or oil-change shop. Last year I decided to buck the system and have it changed every 4,000 miles.

And when I checked out after having the oil changed, the young man would say, “You are choosing to have your oil changed every 4,000 miles. There’s a sticker on your windshield here that reminds you of that.”

Of course I thought there was a tone when he used the word “choosing.” And I thought I was being a bad car-mom because I was delaying this important task for 1,000 miles every time.

Then I listened to this video last week,  Top 10 Mistakes Car Owners Make. One of the mistakes is changing the oil every 3,000 miles. Christ Fix said he changes the oil on his truck every 7,500 miles. Every 7,500 miles on a truck! He said to check your owner’s manual for the maintenance schedule.

So I checked my owner’s manual. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I asked a couple of people to read it too. Yep, it really said 7,500 or 6 months.

I am NOT a bad car-mom (at least not in this area).

Moral of the story? Read your vehicle owner’s manual. It could save you money. Saving money and time are the reasons I took the time to finish this to-do.

BONUS: It also saved me from some guilt. 

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page. Go to the following highlighted link for Day 10: Procrastinate by Doing an Equally Important To-do.

Your Turn . . .

  • How often do you change your car oil? Am I the last person to know you don’t have to change it every 3,000 miles?
  • Is there an item on your to-do list that if you finished it, could save you time, money, and/or guilt? Can you finish it today? Or at least start to finish it?
  • What will you finish with 31 minutes today?

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31 Days of Finishing – Day 3: Batch Tasks To Get More Done on Your To-Do List

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Day 3 – Getting the car oil changed is as disagreeable (to me) as picking up foul trash.

Do you mind getting the oil changed on your car? I don’t like it! It rates up there with going to the dentist and cleaning out the garage. It is done frequently (especially when compared to going to the dentist or cleaning out the garage), so it’s always on my to-do list. I always have a low-level dread in my unconscious mind regarding oil changes.

Why dread this seemingly innocuous task? Because it is not JUST getting the oil changed – there are always tons of questions asked. And do I really NEED to do these things? I don’t KNOW.

  • Would you like to help your car by getting the super performance oil?
  • Get your tires rotated?
  • Overhaul your spark plugs?
  • Add fluid to your battery?
  • Change the air filter?
  • Flush out your exhaust system?
  • Steam clean your engine?
  • Repair the chips in your windshield?
  • Etc! Etc! Etc!

Okay, some of the questions I made up, but that’s because some of the questions they ask I never fully understand. And I know they did ask me something about the spark plugs, battery, and exhaust system.

Because I normally say, “No,” I feel like a bad car mommy. I don’t like feeling bad.  And I don’t like feeling stupid. 😦

I was feeling so full of dread today that I was going to drop off my (adult) daughter with the car at the oil place so she could answer all the questions (“No, thank you”). Yes, this is the daughter who is recuperating from a concussion. Pretty lame, eh?

Then I had a thought. Since I also needed to get my tires rotated (sometime this month), I decided to do both these tasks today. I might as well as get both these unpleasant (to me) tasks done in the same afternoon. Efficiency experts call that batching. It is where you batch or group similar tasks and do them during the same time frame.

I talked to the tire guy about hub cabs (another item I batched). I need 14 inch ones. They can order them for me at the price I was going to pay on Amazon. AND the best part, they will put them on for free!!!

For the oil change, I did end up buying the oil for older cars – I only have so many “No’s” in me. Plus I can relate to needing extra care because of being older. For the other 2 things which were not urgent (gasket and value cover),  I took notes and will ask someone about these.

Moral of the story? Group unpleasant but similar tasks and do them during the same time frame. I needed to gather extra energy to get the oil changed and it only took a little extra energy and time to get the tires rotated. And no energy was needed to ask about hub caps because I already knew what I wanted. Expending this little bit of energy and time helped me scratch off these completed to-do’s and get them off my mind as well.

I feel such relief NOW. And I am proud I didn’t succumb to using my hurt (but mending nicely) daughter to do my unpleasant task.

During this month of October I am joining LOTS of bloggers hosted by The Nester who will be writing every day about a topic. My topic is about finishing. I will spend 31 minutes each day on a to-do item (from the secondary list).

I will write about it and share any productivity tips I find helpful to FINISHING things.

Go here for the Landing Page with all the posts (which go live as they are written). The list is towards the bottom of the page.

Your Turn . . .

  • What ongoing to-do tasks do you dread doing? How do you get yourself to DO them on a regular basis?
  • How did you use your 31 minutes today?
  • Do you ever batch items? If yes, any tips?

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