Not only has being handy saved me plenty of money in the last few months, but it feels awesome too. In the span of a few minutes the other day I fixed 1 cell phone and two digital cameras. Then I walked around the house triumphantly for a few minutes looking for something else to fix because I was on a hot streak. I thought about breaking something just so I could then fix it. But I decided to quit while I was ahead.
Word to your mother.