DIY is extremely important to me. I can't imagine the costs in paying someone else to do to my cars what I can do myself.
'99 F250 Super Duty: Trans fluid & filter, brake pad replacement, wheel speed sensor replacements, battery replacemtn, replace spark plugs, routine oil/filter changes, air filter replacement, rotate tires.
'98 Z28: trans fluid/filter, brake pads all around, replace front discs, cat-back exhaust install, air filter replacement, remove/replace/paint 1 front fender & front bumper cover, repaint hood, plugs/wires replace, battery replacement, routine oil/filter changes, replace a/c compressor/dryer/orifice tube, rotate tires.
'91 Lumina Euro: trans fluid/filter, routine oil/filter changes, plugs/wires, air filter replace, battery replacement, rotate tires.
'89 CRX: trans fluid, routine oil/filter replacement, air filter replace, plugs/wires/distr cap & rotor replace, new discs/pads/drums/shoes all around replace, adjust valves, replace water pump/belt/coolant/t-stat/idler pulley, cat-back exhaust replace, body work, rust repair & weld, and complete repaint, install sound system wiring & sub, rotate tires.
'09 Prius: oil/filter changes and other owner maint.
How on earth can anyone keep their heads above water financially if they pay somebody else to do all those maintenance items? I know I sure can't.
Then there's all the house stuff... Don't get me started on that.