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Sarah's Journey:

padiddle

This past week presented another car challenge. Well, two of them. The first is the loud, deep growl that occurs every time I hit the gas pedal. I’m guessing it’s the muffler, but I really don’t have any idea. It can wait. It’s not too annoying. The next is what I grew up calling a padiddle – the car with one headlight out. 

I knew this was a challenge I could handle. So instead of calling and making an appointment with the mechanic, I turned to YouTube. Several videos showed me how to change headlights. I didn’t even need to remove the bumper! I headed over to my local O’Reilly Auto Parts and requested lightbulbs where I received exciting news. O’Reilly offers free lightbulb replacement service. FREE! 

I was mildly disappointed I wasn’t going to replace the bulbs myself. The replacement took a total of ten minutes and cost me less than $40. I have no doubt bringing the car to a mechanic would have cost more. I would have also learned what else was wrong with my car, which I’m not quite ready to know. 

What’s next? Safe driving. What’s next for my budget? Increase the dollar amount of contributions to my mechanical repairs and new car fund. I also learned a valuable lesson. You never know what free services are available until you look.

Have a great week!


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