We’ve all heard the saying “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” Well, what if it’s broken?
The other morning I happened to catch the end of an educational cartoon (Arthur) my daughters were watching on TV. In this episode, Arthur’s parents were considering purchasing a new car, because their car was broken and the mechanic told them it would cost too much to be fixed.
Despite what the mechanic told them, Arthur (the main character in the show) is determined to fix the car. Arthur calls into a radio talk show hosted by a couple of car experts to get some help and find out how to fix the car. The car experts tell Arthur what the problem is. And using their information, Arthur’s dad fixes the car, so they don’t have to buy a new car.
The message of the story is a good one – fix it and save the money.
Today, it seems like many of us are in such a hurry to get things working – that the thought of fixing it just sounds too time consuming. But taking the time to do a little research, understand the problem and find the right solution – could really save you some serious money.
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.” ~St. Augustine
Besides, the Internet is a great place to find out how to fix things. You can watch helpful how-to videos on YouTube.com, research what others may be saying about it and submit questions on discussion forums.
Just the other day, the trackball in my Blackberry fell out when I dropped it. I called my cell phone company to see what they could do to help me. Unfortunately, that was a complete waste of time because I did not have any insurance and all they did was aggressively try to sell me a new phone.
They must have thought I was from another planet when I explained that I usually keep my cell phone for about 4 years. So they could forget about me using my upgrade. Needless to say, I really did not care what they thought because I had already made up my mind that I was not buying a new phone. [Read more…]