Some of the DIY channels on television has persuaded people that they can save money by fixing almost anything around the home. The fact is that not all DIY projects are the same. There are many things you should take into account to find out if your DIY project will actually save you money.  In essence, you should take into account your time and also the cost of the tools that you will need to do the job to determine if there would be saving by doing it yourself rather than paying to get the work done. Below are some of the DIY activities that do not require a great deals of money, time, specialized skills or time.

Changing the Oil

There are some companies that want you to think that it is not convenient for you to change your oil. The fact of the matter is that you can change your oil more quickly than if you take it in to the shop. How much do you pay to get your oil change at the shop?  You can save that amount of money if you do it yourself and the time it will take will be about 25 minutes. Another benefit of doing it yourself is that you don’t have to listen to a sales pitch and you wouldn’t have a technician trying to push products on you.

Painting

Painting is another thing that you can do yourself and you will sure save yourself a lot of money.  Just make sure you get all of your supplies together before you start.  Paying a professional painter to paint can be very expensive so you will save quite a bit if you do it yourself.  Hiring professional painters can run between $30 to $60 an hour.  That does not include the paint and supplies. You’ll easily save $100 or more on a simple project. Painting is very easy to learn.

Washing Your Car

People used to mow their lawn and wash their cars on the weekend.  Nowadays almost everyone goes to the car wash. Now, most of us drive through the car wash on our lunch hour. If you wash your car yourself, you will easily save $ 10 – $ 15. Think about the savings that will accumulate during the year if you do it yourself. Think about all of the things that you can do with the money you save.

Upgrading Your Computer

Some people get nervous about the thought of opening their computers to fix something. But if you do, you will save a bundle if you upgrade your computer yourself. All you have to do is to check out Youtube videos or other video sites to see how to install the components and then buy the computer components online if you think you can install it.  You can even go to Ebay to see if they are any auctions for the items that you need to save even more money. It is quite easy and you will be saving a lot of money.  Do you know how much it cost to hire someone to come to your home to install computer components?  Keep in mind that the salesperson who sold you the component is interested in making sure that you install the component correctly. This is built in tech support.

Planting a Garden

Another thing you can do to save money is to plant your own vegetables.  A small plot of land can yield hundreds of dollars worth of vegetables.  It is best to select and plant vegetables that you eat.  You don’t want to plant vegetables that you don’t eat because all you will be doing is giving them away.  Even if you live in a condo, you can grow some vegetables in pots or planters but you will have to decide what vegetables will grow best in pots. You might want to select vegetables like cucumbers and green peppers. It’s good for your pocketbook and good for your planet. You don’t need a large garden space.  Even a few small patio planters can give you plenty tomatoes and green peppers. Just start on a small scale and once you get the hang of it you will be planting more and more.

Before starting a DIY project, just remember that you need to select the tools that you need to do the job. You can do your own DIY projects that don’t require a license if you are willing to learn.  All DIY projects are not created equal, but most are fun and can save you a bundle!

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