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DoNorth

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Adult continuing education
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:36:31 AM »
Ever since adopting mustachian ways, I find even small expenditures hurt way more than they used to.  So I just spent $772 on four adult continuing education courses:  drywalling, residential electric, molding, ceramic tiling and the basics of plumbing.  Considering I've never spent more than a few hundred dollars for my bachelors degree (4 year ROTC scholarship) or two master's degrees (fully funded by the Army and GI Bill), spending money on education is somewhat foreign to me, although I know many people do it.  We're taking  a fairly drastic leap into FIRE next fall by renovating a small cottage so it can be used year round to live in and I was hoping to do as much of the work ourselves as possible.  I suppose if nothing else, I can learn my own limitations and how not to hurt myself.  Nonetheless, after scrutinizing $15 and $20 purchases for the last several months, spending $700+ on anything seems excessive.  Each class is a few hours over a few week days or weekends.  Clearly, it's not meant to make you an expert, but just familiarize you with trade basics.  Has anyone done anything similar and do you think it's worth it or a waste of money?

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Re: Adult continuing education
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2014, 09:52:39 AM »
$772 for a semester-long class at a trade school/community college would be worth it. $772 for a few-hours-long class (or even four of them) sounds like a rip-off, especially for something you could just as easily learn for free from Home Depot or by volunteering at Habitat for Humanity.

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Re: Adult continuing education
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2014, 10:23:26 AM »
good point on the Habitat for Humanity