DIY is a great way to approach pretty much everything in life.
It forces you to learn new things and it also saves you a lot of money at the end of the day.
And I’m talking about doing things yourself across the board here, people.
What’s much cheaper if you can do it yourself?
AskReddit users shared their thoughts. Let’s take a look!
1. A huge one!
“Googling how to fix your PC problems yourself and not taking it to the shop.”
“Changing a flat tire versus getting towed.
Even paying for someone else to come change the tire is cheaper than getting towed.”
3. Home improvement.
“Any home improvement.
Labor is usually 75% of the cost or more depending on the job. If you can do it yourself you will save incredible amounts of money.
That being said, sometimes its best to let a professional do the job.”
4. Stay caffeinated!
Buying a barista-made coffee every day adds up very quickly.
Buying your beans in bulk and milk every few days doesn’t add up as fast.”
5. Very true.
“Cooking food vs. Eating out.
A pasta meal at a restaurant can cost $20+.
At home $20 would make a whole weeks worth.”
6. Everybody pitch in!
“Building a fence.
Several quotes from contractors ranged from 7$,000-$11,000 for my fence.
Did it myself for $2,500 in 3 weekends with help from family members and a lot of beer.”
7. Keep it clean.
In my home country, it was super cheap to hire a cleaner by the hour and many people would have someone come once a week, but when I moved to the US, I realized how expensive it is to have it here
I f*cking hate the floors and dusting and wiping down appliances but I also don’t want to pay someone like $130-$200 once a week to do it for me.”
8. Are you competent?
“Assuming that you are competent:
Cooking your meals.
Just about any home repair.
Washing your clothes.
Cleaning your house
Mowing your yard.”
9. That’s random.
I learned how to do it from experts during high school and college and have been doing my own organ ever since (also piano and harpsichord).”
10. Teach yourself!
“General car maintenance.
Stuff like changing the oil, spark plugs, air filter, and brakes.
I was quoted almost 600 bucks to replace my front lower control arms. I got the full control arm with the bushings and ball joint for 20 bucks each.
Total of 40 bucks and probably a couple hours work. The garage was quoting me 280 bucks for just parts.”
11. Who needs a real haircut?
“Shaved head instead of haircut at the barber.
I started buzzing mine for the first time during quarantine. Used the longest guard I had, 12mm I think. So easy!
I might actually just buzz it a few times a year now instead of paying for haircuts.”
12. Comin’ in hot!
“Making your own pizza.
Can be done for a few dollars compared to spending $20+ elsewhere.”
13. I’ll take care of it.
Was quoted 9 grand to replace 5 windows and 2 exterior doors. Ended up doing it ourselves as part of a larger renovation, and it ended up costing about 3 grand for the windows, exterior doors and 3 interior doors.
There is no way they were going to do 6 grand worth of work.”
Do you do certain things on your own because they save you money?
If so, please tell us all about them in the comments.
We look forward to hearing from you!