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Ditto here on the brake jobs. Parts cost $50-130, depending on the brake type versus $300-600 to have it done. You might have a one-time investment of $25-50 for special tools, but they work on all vehicles. It's almost as easy as repairing your clothes dryer yourself.

We got you beat on the vehicles. We kept a Grand Voyager for about 18 years and our 4-Runner is 10 years old. While I haven't built any kitchen cabinets, I did build some for a bathroom. While we did pay ex-logger to drop a tree (it was forked with branches intertwined), we did remove the stump and seeded grass ourselves. The ex-logger worked with my son, so we saved a lot over a tree service (did risk the liability though).

We haven't flipped houses though. But, as you've said, every little bit helps.
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