After purchasing our Mercedes 300CD last week, we thought it would be fun to look into building a teardrop trailer for camping around the US. As these things usually happen, a deal to good to pass up presented itself on craigslist.
For $300 dollars, we purchased a half finished Big Woody Teardrop Camper complete with cherry plywood walls, and mahogany trim.
We weren’t really looking for a project, Mike was researching teardrop camping, and it just turned up…
Follow along as we finish building our tiny camper, fix up the Mercedes diesel, and hit the open road!
I first discovered Mercedes-Benz diesels on our trip to Europe and fell in love. On that trip I found out that the Mercedes w123 engine is considered to be one of the most reliable engines ever manufactured.
Fast forward 2 years and for some reason I start looking for one again. Well…we bought one. It’s a 1979 Mercedes 300CD, diesel (non-turbo).
My initial plan was to sell the Prius and drive the Mercedes to further extend the longevity of our transportation. But since I got such a good deal, we may end up just fixing it up and re-selling it for a profit.
2 months ago we had Jackie on our live show to help her decide whether or not she should buy a car used from craigslist or a dealer. At the end of the discussion, she decided she wanted to save extra money to buy something a little nicer.
Well things changed and she found a 1995 Toyota Camry for $1000 bucks. It runs great, has newer tires, and had the timing belt replaced.
We video interview her to ask how the transaction went and to shed light on some questions you had from the live show.
If you’re just getting started budgeting, here are 9 simple ways you can get started saving money.
1. Make coffee at home (we cold brew).
2. Buy generic medicine and food.
3. Borrow eBooks from the library.
4. Downgrade your internet speed.
5. “Pre-game” before going out to bars.
6. Sell one item on craigslist, right this minute.
7. Don’t speed (fuel economy and tickets)
8. Make your own household cleaners.
9. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.
Have any more tips to share? Leave a comment below!