I found this old article on one of my abandoned blogs. I still believe firmly in being a member of AAA if you own a car..
Normally, when I talk of frugal living, I usually try to find ways not to spend money (cut expenses) and/or increase income (extra shifts, sell online,etc). Typically I am not one with money to invest. There is one "investment" I have made the last 4 years that has consistently paid off.
AAA membership starts at just $49 a year. I've upgraded to "premier" benefits for just $29/year more. That's less than $7 a month to have someone available to change your tire, charge/replace your battery, unlock your car when you leave the keys in the ignition, etc.
No not those Rescue Rangers!
Today I was guilty of the latter. Community group from church was preparing a meal for Jeff Street Baptist Center. I arrived and locked my keys in the car. I was on the phone immediately. The Rescue Ranger truck arrived in less than 20 minutes! 5 minutes later, my keys retrieved, and I was singing their praises to everyone.
I have locked myself out only once before. That time I didn't have AAA and had to write a $55 check on the spot! One tow or lockout makes the entire membership fee worthwhile. Also they offer 5-20% off hotel rates. Many hotels now are requesting the AAA number to get the discount- no more cheating!
Yes, I have friends I can call in a true emergency..but many have kids and if I'm coming to/from work at late night/early morning and have a car issue do I really want to be that friend? If you have an older car or live alone, AAA is especially valuable. And, of course, you can never put a price tag on peace of mind.
Sorry for the proselytizing. But I am a big believer in small investments that pay off big!
Are you a member of AAA? Have you ever locked yourself out of your car?