I am coming to the end of this short series and today’s gem is all about DIY.
While GMan and I do quite a few things ourselves, I think it is important to understand your limitations. There is no saving in attempting to do something yourself and ending up creating more of a mess that will incur a greater cost to have it fixed up.
We happily and effectively do our own gardening, sewing, cooking, landscaping, chopping firewood, cleaning solar panels, painting, tiling and some furniture restoration. Things that we do not attempt are cutting our hair, computer repairs, car maintenance or anything electrical.
6. Frugal people embrace the idea of “do it yourself.” If something needs doing frugal people first consider whether they can do it themselves. No need to pay someone for convenience if you could do it yourself with just a bit of sweat equity. And those that are more content in their frugality actually enjoy that process. They like learning new things, and feeling self-sufficient without having to rely on someone else to do it for them.
Question to ask yourself: Why am I paying for that service or product? Could I get good enough results myself by learning something new, or spending a bit more time on the task?
What do you do yourself? Or not?