Do it Yourself

Note: Yes, I’m aware that today is Wednesday and not Tuesday but my internet crapped out yesterday so I wasn’t able to post. I could call it “Whatchya Gonna To Do Wednesday” but that doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Tips Tuesday”. In any event, here’s the post:

Being a do-it-yourselfer is a great way to save a lot of money. The more you are able to do on your own, the less you need to rely on paying someone else to do it for you. Everything, from learning how to fix a leaky faucet instead of calling in a plumber, to repairing a bookshelf instead of buying a new one means more money in your wallet at the end of the day.

Finding an instructor to show you the ropes is the ideal way to learn a new skill (provided that instructor is not obsessed with periwinkle taking over the world). Make a date with your Aunt, neighbour or friend and ask them to show you how to hang eaves troughs, sew that hole in the crotch of your pants, or change the chain on your bike.  Online research, how-to manuals and library books are also great ways to learn. So before you reach for the Yellow Pages to find the nearest contractor to tile your bathroom, consider getting your hands dirty by doing it yourself.

Here are some videos to get you started on your handy-person journey of awesomeness.

How to sew a button

How to fix a leaky faucet

How to make a poached egg

How to hang a picture

How to tie a slip knot

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Funny stories. Good advice. Josh Martin is the author of the book “Simple(ton) Living: Lessons in balance from life’s absurd moments.” Click here to learn more and to purchase a copy.

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