This may sound a little off the concept of the An Inexpensive Way of Life Blog, however, it is not.
If you have to replace the ignition tumbler/switch on your car or truck, it could essentially cost you hundreds of dollars.
For one, the part is pretty inexpensive with a price range from $15 to $30 if you have an older GM or other domestic vehicle. Plus, about an hour and a half of labor costs (which could range from $60 to $90 an hour).
Although, if you have a newer car, the sky could be the limit for the replacement, up to $650 or more. Consider the fact that newer model cars have coded keys and ignitions.
So, here's how to save your ignition switch. The next time you sign up for a new rewards program at the grocery store, put that little tag on a different key ring. Put your library card, gas card, pharmacy card, all on a different key ring than your car keys. Even put your house key on a different key ring if you can.
The only thing that should be on your set of car keys is the keys to your car, and the key fob if you have one.