This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
In the last month or so, I have found You Tube to be a great resource that has helped our save money. We started looking at videos to help us do things ourselves, rather than pay someone else to do it.
Here are actual ways I saved money with You Tube:
Resize a watch band I have a watch that I have not been able to wear because the metal band is too big for my wrist. It is one of those fun accessory watches, not an expensive one so I did not want to spend $20 to have the jewelry store resize it. I checked You Tube and found a couple of videos on how to resize a metal watch band using common household tools. All I needed were: needle nosed pliers, a push pin and a small hammer. My multi-tool came in handy. I did the instructions step by step and was able to resize the watch successfully.
Total savings: $20
- Watch at least three videos to get the whole picture. I found that getting different perspectives help you decide the best steps to take for your needs. One video may leave out a step that ends up being valuable to you, while another one may give you yet another tip the first one didn’t cover.
- Do not try this on expensive, irreplaceable watches. I did not mind trying it on the $12 watch, since I did not want to spend $20 to get it adjusted.
- Take your time and do it step by step. Follow along the video if you have to.
Hem a pair of jeans I bought a pair of jeans at a thrift store that fit really well but were too long. The local tailor charges $15 to hem a pair pants, which would have costed more than the $5 I spent on the jeans. My Mom taught me how to shorten pant legs, but I never tried hemming jeans because I did not want to lose the stitching on the hem. I searched You Tube, found instructions on “how to hem jeans by hand while leaving the original hem” and watched a few videos that got my attention. I tried it myself. With only a basic sewing kit, I was able to shorten the jeans and keep the original hem. I was very pleased with the results.
Total savings: $15
- If you do not know how to sew, first watch basic sewing videos and practice.
- Buy a basic sewing kit before you get started.
- Just like the watch example, I would only recommend trying this out on an inexpensive pair of pants, especially for your first time.
Cut hair Apt Prepper son got a very short haircut that requires a visit to the stylist every 2-3 weeks. I told him to try and keep it to once every six weeks, as these visits could start adding up. He watched several You Tube videos showing how to cut your own hair. He then bought a hair styling kit from Walmart for $20. Thereafter he started buzzing his hair himself and now does it on a regular basis.
Total savings: $20 a month
- If you’ve never tried it before, don’t start cutting your own hair right before an important event or appointment such as a job interview, wedding, reunion etc. If you mess up, you will regret it. The best time to try it is during a vacation when you have no plans to go anywhere.
- Use the proper tools: only use scissors or tools that are meant for hair styling. Buying a hair styling kit is worth it.
These cost saving chores worked for us, but they may not be your preference. You may find other activities more to your liking. Your results may vary so do a lot of research before launching your DIY project. The best way to approach this is only try these projects that have minimal risk, but have maximum gain. You’ll gain some skills and save some money in the process.
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