We all know that learning to do-it-yourself can save thousands of dollars in nearly any arena of life. Whether it’s on home repairs, car repairs or nearly anything else, if you’re willing to take the time to learn how to DIY it, not only are you teaching yourself a valuable skill, but your bank account will show the rewards of your efforts in fine form.
Overcome Fear and Learn to Do it Yourself
Many people don’t feel that they’re “cut out” to DIY, and I get that. My husband is the perfect example of this. He was never taught much in the way of learning how to repair or replace things in the home or auto, and so he headed into adulthood having very little idea of how to do basic home or car maintenance or repair. I can say that the fact that we wasted our money for the first 17 years of our marriage gave us one good thing: desperation. And that desperation gave us the drive we needed to start learning to “do it yourself” on our home and auto repair projects, because when a repair need came up, the money to hire to have it done just wasn’t there.
A Free Do it Yourself Education
Blog sites and Youtube videos abound with instructions on how to do most anything you can imagine yourself. The library holds shelves full of books on nearly any type of project, and most home improvement stores hold free classes on do it yourself projects in hopes that you’ll purchases the needed DIY supplies at their store. My “uneducated” husband, thanks to the many free educational resources available that teach people how to do their own projects, has learned how to install ceramic tile, linoleum and laminate flooring. He’s learned how to replace sheet rock, make his own trim moulding, flush and fill our radiators, replace the bearings in our clothes dryer and much, much more. My own favorite DIY victory? Teaching my son how to properly say his R’s. Our son had long been having trouble with his R’s. They came out like W’s. We’d heard from a speech therapist not to worry about this until age 8, but when 8 came and went with no sign of improvement, we knew we had to get help. Speech therapy centers in our area cost hundreds of dollars, and our insurance doesn’t cover this, so we were getting worried quick. We’re smack in the middle of our journey to debt free, and spending hundreds or maybe even thousands of dollars on speech therapy would’ve derailed us big time in terms of our debt payoff goals. So I turned to Youtube and typed “How to say your R’s” in the search bar. Up came videos from dozens of certified speech therapists with instructions and training on how to properly pronounce the R. Less than a month later, our son was pronouncing his R’s like a champ, and it didn’t cost us a dime.
I know it can be scary to take on big do it yourself projects that you’ve never done before, but if you choose to learn a new DIY skill, it’s a skill you’ll have forever. And not only will you have saved the money that you would have had to pay someone else to do that skill, you might even be able to turn that newly learned skill into a side hustle of your own.