When it comes to saving money, we do a lot of talking about downsizing. Whether it is getting rid of unused subscriptions or spending less going out, the main point we drive home is spending less. While that is very useful, it isn’t the only way to cut costs. One of the best ways to achieve reliable savings is to learn to do a few things yourself. There are so many things we pay others to do for us, when we could easily get them done ourselves. Labor tends to be one of the most expensive commodities on the market, and it is about time you use a little bit of your own. So, here are three frugal skills that will help you save money!
Basic Car Maintenance
One of the most overlooked costs of owning a car is repair and service. While some think you have to bring the car into the dealer for every scheduled service, many people have mastered the basics and can do it themselves. Basic things like brakes, oil changes, tire rotations, and simple repairs are all easy to learn. Not only that, but if you own a higher-end vehicle, they can save you thousands of dollars in a single year! Youtube is a terrific resource for learning how to repair any car, just punch in your car’s year and model and you’ll see plenty of tutorials. Make sure that when you check your car’s maintenance schedule, you figure out what you can get done on your own before you take it to the dealer. Save money on labor and learn a valuable skill!
Sewing and Stitching
With the rise of “fast fashion,” the issue of throwing away clothes is more prevalent than ever. When a sweater develops a hole, or pants start to rip, we just throw them away and buy new ones. This can cost a lot more money than it’s worth, and learning some basic sewing skills can ease the pressure on your wallet. Not only that, but if you get good enough, you can even refresh clothes you are tired of and make them into something totally new! While clothes shopping can be fun, you don’t often end up with something nobody else has, but this gives you the unique opportunity to wear one-of-a-kind gear. The benefits of this skill are endless, and it’s time that more people learned how to get it done on their own.
This one is a little more specialized, but valuable nonetheless. Custom furniture is nice, but it often costs thousands of dollars, and you may not get something that is uniquely yours. With some low-cost tools, and the internet as your guide, you can save countless dollars by making your own furniture and decorations. It doesn’t have to be everything, but the odds and ends you can do yourself as a beginner can still keep you from blowing hundreds on an end table or chair. You can build custom wall shelves, desks, chairs, etc. without too much trouble. This one is also pretty easy to monetize on the side, so it may even increase your income!