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Another Money Saving Tip

January 29th, 2019 at 09:31 pm

I thought of another of my money saving tips! And I'm sure one of you mentioned this or something similar, but from personal experience it is one of my top tips. DIY, do it yourself!

I have replaced a disposal, installed ceiling fans, painted walls and ceilings, replaced toilet parts, replaced water pump on dishwasher, learned how to replace the air filters on our Honda (tricky, secretive spot), repaired a dryer (had DH's help) and replaced a tablet screen. When we owned our home we also did our own fertilizing and lawn mowing.

With the invention of YouTube it really is possible to troubleshoot issues in order to repair something. And parts can be bought online and shipped to you if not found locally.

Now I'm not saying everyone should repair everything themselves every time. Some of us know what our limitations and abilities are. Professionals are important and helpful. However, it doesn't hurt to at least try or inquire what it would take to fix something before automatically calling/hiring a professional or buying something new. First consider if you could do it yourself for less than the cost of the alternatives.

We don't do our own oil changes, or vehicle repairs (usually) for example as we don't feel that we have the ability nor do we want to cause more damage. And that is a factor that should always be considered when deciding whether to pursue a DIY project.

Do you consider DIY one of your money saving tips? What project have you taken on that most would not?

4 Responses to “Another Money Saving Tip”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    I check the oil, coolant, and power steering fluid in my car every week and replace it as necessary. This has helped with to extend the life of my 20+ year old car for the last 6 years. Because it has 192,000 miles on it, I use Valvoline high mileage oil and power steering fluid and Lucas oil stabilizer.

  2. mumof2 Says:

    yes we check the oil/coolant etc on our car every few weeks and tyre pressure to make the car last longer....we do a lot ourselves around the house (even though we rent) but anything electrical over here needs to be done by a licensed professional or you are not covered by insurance..its law not even the owners etc cant do it unless they have their licenses for the projects (electrical/plumbing etc)...

  3. Dido Says:

    This is one of those tips I'll never touch, at least when it comes to traditional DIY. I'm the type of person who manages to let the air OUT of my tires almost every time I try to put air IN them. Me and the mechanical world do NOT mix! I remember taking the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) and getting a ZERO in one category (auto maintenance, natch) and very low scores in everything except secretarial skills. I *do* have an unofficial barter arrangement with a neighbor--he does my easy home repairs (and tells me if and when it's time to call in a professional), and I do his taxes. *That,* I can do--build on my strength. About the only DIY I do is my own cooking, cleaning, and laundry!

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    Agreed, Dido, we should only do the things we have the aptitude for. But I've been amazed at what my husband and I have been able to do together. I'm glad you know your strengths.

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