Hey everybody, today's money saving tip is all about learning how to fix your own gadgets and do your own services so that you don't have to pay for these services. The first, and easiest service for a man to avoid paying for is a haircut. In the past two years, my father bought an electric razor, and he has been able to provide me with a buzzcut every time I've needed a haircut. The razor costs between $12 and $20, and therefore pays for itself in one or two haircuts; haircuts at a legitimate hair cuttery cost up to $15 for one cut! Why spend that money, when you could shave your head easily yourself? All it requires is the razor, about 30 minutes, and a bag or trashcan nearby to avoid making a large mess. The next service that could save a tremendous amount of money is the ability to service one's own car. Oil changes and other fixes could cost upwards of $1,000 combined, but why pay that money? There are plenty of books at the library that teach how to make an oil change, fix tires, and even fix the engine. Also, it is much easier to go out to a parts shop and buy the parts separately on your own and apply them to the car, than pay for the labor fees and other excess fees the autoshop requires. Labor fees can be expensive, and putting together any device from parts on your own is always cheaper than buying it in a store. I have known people to be so handy that they were able to install their own headlights and radio for their car, and even repair the muffler or install new brakes. In particular, my friend put together his own hard drive for his computer from various parts he had around and bought, and saved probably upwards of $200 compared to a store price. Other services one could provide for themselves include mowing their own lawn, hand washing their car (mostly obvious), preparing their own taxes (a professional consultant for this might cost upwards of $200), and if especially skilled, fixing electrical issues on their own in the house. While learning these various skills, learning for free from a book is always valuable, even if you still don't feel comfortable enough repairing your own equipment and still prefer professional help.
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Enjoy the Superbowl this afternoon!
- Your Frugal Friend Brandon
About the Author
I am a 19 year old teenager and my goal is to maintain a page for teenagers and college students to gain information from in order to save money and make a few extra bucks online. I also just want to share my experiences with spending and help others change their lifestyles.