DIY: Change Your Own Oil

One good way to start saving money at home is by doing your own oil changes and filling up your own fluids.

The oil is cheaper and the labor is free when you do it at home. With very few exceptions, you are going to save a significant amount of money the more you change your own oil. Consider for a second, even if you only saved $6 from every oil change and changed it every three months, after five years, you have saved $120. After twenty, you have saved almost $500. Add on the savings you get from filling up your own fluids—like antifreeze—and you’ll save several hundred dollars throughout your life.

Quite often, you will need to change your oil filter as well. Just like the oil, the part is much cheaper when you buy it yourself. And when labor is free, you save another $6-$9, doubling your savings.

Changing your own oil saves you time as well. It can become a 10-15 minute job once you’re accustomed to doing it, making it faster to do it yourself than waiting for someone else to do it for you.

Your savings will vary based on where you live. Local dealers charge different prices and you’ll have to determine if the price is worth the convenience. Throughout the winter, having someone else do it might be a preferable option to spending some time out in the cold and snow. Overall though, why pay someone unnecessarily for something you can do yourself. Every penny you save is a penny earned.

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