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Even More Ways to Save Money While in Mechanic Training

16 APR 2012
Career Path : Automotive

You are working hard to become a mechanic. You study every night. You attend every class. You try to stay abreast of new developments in the industry. But one of your biggest challenges has nothing to do with your mechanic training per se. It has been learning to balance your own budget while you are on a limited income as a student of a mechanic program. Here are some ideas to save money.

1. Give the gift of time

Resist the urge to impress your friends and family with ornate birthday gifts that show off your impeccable taste. In fact, put off buying people gifts at all while you are still in the lean years of your mechanic program. Buy them all you want once you become a mechanic, but for now, offer them gifts that cost nothing, but convey volumes about how you feel about your nearest and dearest.

  • offer to detail their car
  • give them a certificate to mow their lawn
  • offer them a lift home from a night out, to use at their discretion

2. Keep abreast of free activities

Consult the local paper at the library at the school where you do your mechanic training to find out what free events are coming up in your city. This is a fun way to keep costs down while you complete your mechanic program. Look for:

  • free showings of movies outdoors
  • free concerts
  • fairs
  • etc.

3. Clean with vinegar and baking soda

Cleaning products can cost an arm and a leg. Save money at the drugstore while you are in mechanic training by using old-fashioned vinegar and baking soda to clean. Not only will it save you money while you are in your mechanic program, it’s easier on the environment as well.

For the adventurous: There are other ways to keep your drugstore expenditures down while you become a mechanic. Invest in a set of cloth handkerchiefs and you will eliminate the need to buy Kleenexes. Tear some old towels into rags and voila, no more need for paper towels. There are hundreds of ways to save money at the drugstore while you are in mechanic training!

4. Weatherproof in the fall

Prepare your student home to be as energy efficient as possible for winter. If necessary, apply caulking around the windows. Put up a layer of plastic, or invest in insulated curtains. Make a party of it, invite people from your mechanic program to come help you. In return, you can help them prepare their homes for winter.

These are just some of the many ways that you can save money while you become a mechanic.