save money diyLately, I have been helping out my good friend get his new house into shape.  He bought a fixer upper and I think might be getting a little overwhelmed with all the work that needs to be done.  They are having a house warming party in two weeks and they have so many things that need to be done.  The good friend that I am, I have helped him out with many projects after work and on the weekends.  I figure that any little work that I can do puts him a little closer to finishing his projects.

Last week, I was helping him put in a brick patio.  After laying brick for 5 hours and being eaten by mosquitoes, I started thinking about how much money he was saving by doing it himself.  Since moving in about 3 weeks ago, he has had trees cut down, but unloaded the debris himself.  He has painted and removed ceiling “popcorn”, along with fixed up some plumbing problems.  He has built a garden, a retaining wall, and just finished the brick patio.  Next, he will put in drainage, put up new gutters, and fix some drywall issues.  All in all, he has put in a lot of work on his own.  I know that he is not only doing this to save money, but also to learn new things.  I know he saved $300 by removing the tree debris by himself.  He is lucky that my parents have a trailer!

DIY to Save

I love doing DIY because it can really save a lot of money over using a professional.  There are so many resources that you can find in order to complete a project and it provides great satisfaction when you actually finish the job right.  I am a big proponent of DIY.  When I can learn something new and acquire a new skill, I consider that a big win.  I strive to learn new things each and every day.  That is the only way to grow as a human being.

I have spoken to many, and some are just scared of doing things themselves.  While there are some that just don’t want to deal with it, there are others that think they are going to mess up the project that they are working on.  That type of fear is what keeps them back.  I know of that fear.  I had the same type of fear when I was in debt.  You can’t do anything if you don’t try and that goes along with getting out of debt or building a brick patio.  We learn by doing and I will always try almost anything once.

Do You DIY?

So, I really want to know if you would DIY to save money or do you DIY to learn new things and get that satisfaction of completing the project on your own?  I DIY to do both.  Are there any projects that you wouldn’t try because you were too scared or you didn’t have enough knowledge in the subject?  Are you like me and will try almost any project once?  I would love to hear from you.

If you want to get creative, let me know what was your favorite DIY project.  For me, my favorite is rebuilding my 1990 Jeep Wrangler.  I love the chance to get my hands dirty and an older Jeep is just the way to do it.  It also gives me more information about how cars really work.

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