There are times when I am reminded of a saying, “Pay for the convenience and suffer through the inconvenience.” How much many of us are paying for products and services just because they make life a little easier? I agree that having someone else do the work frees up a lot of time to do other things, but the question is how much money can be saved versus doing it yourself? There are times when it is worth the extra cost to pay for the convenience. If you are in a situation where you need to cut costs maybe this is an area that you could look into. Here is a list items that you can do yourself or do differently to save money:
Transportation – Try using public transportation or a bike.
Dining out – Limit the number of times eating out.
Car washes – Wash your car at home.
Clothes dryer – Dry your clothes outside. Save on electricity and/or gas.
PC service – There are many resources on the internet that you can find about PC repair for free. Best buy charges $129 in store and $249 in home to install Microsoft Windows. Chances are there is someone that you know that can do it for free or much cheaper.
Magazines and newspaper subscriptions – Most of what you find in magazines and newspapers can be found online. Look into cancelling your subscriptions.
Veggies – Grow your own garden.
Recycling – There are some areas that require you to separate your trash. Why not recycle yourself and get some money back.
Photos – If your PC and printer can process photos then do it yourself. There are lots of free photo editing software you can download.