We had a wonderful tutorial at HD building supply. Knowledge is power and by finding out what everything costs, we cannot get easily taken advantage of by contractor and sub-contractor mark ups. This market has forced us to really stay to the dollar with our budgets, even more efficiently spending which we should always focus on.
The downturn in the economy has forced us all to prioritize spending and not be frivolous with money. Money is your friend, learn to not be afraid of it. This is a hard but valuable lesson.
Jeff is a stickler about being on time, that's why I've lasted so long I suppose. My favorite Sanrio character (Hello Kitty's friend) is Pekkle. He is a duck with a real big head. His motto is On Time, Off Balance. See?