Ten Things You Can DIY to Save Money

There are times when it is necessary to employ the services of an expert or professional. However, as a frugal minimalist, I have also learned over time that there are many things I can DIY to save money, make my life easier, and beautify my space without breaking the bank. 

So in this post, I am sharing 10 of my favourite money-saving do it yourself (DIY) activities:  

Create your Art

Since the coronavirus pandemic that occurred in 2020 and is still ongoing, most people have been working remotely from the comfort of their homes. 

We soon discovered that the first step to balancing remote work life with those hours you are not working is to make your space feel welcoming. One of the best ways to achieve this is by introducing art into your home. 

It is so easy to make beautiful and unique art. If you visit Pinterest, you will find many people creating their art. You don’t have to shell out money for art when you can make it yourself. 

All you need is a canvas or a piece of wood, macramé threads, and some paint and voila! You have your art. 

I have made quite a few for my space in the past, and I intend to make more. Art is one thing you can do yourself.

Wash your Car

Many of us have paid to get our car washed at car washes one time or the other. 

Yet I would like you to consider washing your car yourself if the weather is warm. It is a great way to burn calories, bond with your partner, and save that carwash money.

For those living in colder climates, reserve your car washing for the summer, but if you live in a warm country, you can wash your car yourself all year round.

Style your Hair

This one is specifically for the ladies. 

Again, the pandemic lockdown in various countries also meant hair salons were closed for a long time. Many of us discovered our hidden hairstyling skills. 

Many of my black sisters will say – “but afro hair needs the salon” – “No Sis, you have Youtube”! 

There are so many youtube videos that teach how to style natural black Afro hair, textured hair, or whatever kind of hair you have. With patience and dedication, you can learn to style your hair. 

I wouldn’t advise you to give yourself a haircut as that requires professional skills. However, you can wash, blow-dry, plait, braid or even try crotchet braiding your hair at home.

Do your Manicure and Pedicure

Yes, you can do your manicure and pedicure. All you need to do is buy a pedicure kit, and pedicure bowl, which you fill with warm water so you can do your pedicure.

The good thing about this is that it gives you some time away from the hustle and bustle of taking care of everybody else in the family. 

It can serve as alone time for yourself, getting some self-care, and feeling good.  

Groom your Pets

For those who have pets, pet grooming is something you can do yourself. You don’t have to get someone to come over to the house to groom your dogs or walk your pets.

There are products you can buy and videos on youtube to teach you how to groom your pets. You will save a considerable amount of money doing this instead of taking your pet to a pet salon.

Make your Cleaning Products

There are so many recipes on Pinterest for safe cleaning products that you can do yourself. There is so much you can do with vinegar and baking soda. Even just the combination of vinegar and water in a spray bottle do wonders and is safe.

So, yes, you can make your cleaning products. You don’t have to spend money buying multipurpose cleaning products when you can make them. I have tried a few recipes online that turned out fantastic and smelled great.

Once you add lemon to it, everything comes out smelling lemony. I love making them because I know what goes into them. They are affordable, and you get more of your homemade cleaning agents than you will get in the store.

Repair and Repurpose your Clothes

A simple sewing machine is essential to life. 

You can slim a skirt, fix a button, and adjust a dress. This also means you won’t have to take your cloth to the dry cleaning shop or the local seamstress every time your clothes need mending.

You might find yourself enjoying your sewing machine so much that you are making little summer dresses and saving yourself even more money. You can get a simple sewing machine on Amazon

Make your Bread and Pizza

If there’s anything the pandemic has also taught us is that bread making is not so hard. The number of people who posted on social media how they baked their way through the lockdown was mind-blowing. We don’t have to buy bread from the stores. 

One benefit of baking your bread is that you are sure of the content of your dough. Learn to save money on buying baked goods. You can even make your pizza and pizza base! I found pizza easier to make than bread. 

Once we have made our pizza base, my daughters enjoy choosing their toppings. Your pizza base can be put in a Ziploc bag and frozen till the next time you need it. We didn’t have to order pizza anymore because we had leftover pizza base. 

The next time we needed to make pizza, we just brought out our pizza base, defrosted it, and put it in the oven. 

Make your Condiments

You can make your salad dressing, chilli sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and even butter. I have not bought salad dressing in years because I make them myself. These recipes are online for you to learn and make yourself. They are fresher, and they taste better. Besides, you know exactly what you are getting. I tried my hands at making butter, and it was yummy. All I needed was double cream and some salt.

Cook your Meals

This is a bit of a no-brainer because most of us cook our meals, but for those who don’t, cooking is not rocket science. 

You just need to know how to make about 4-5 of your favourite dishes. There are several people online who teach people how to cook. Sisi Yemmie is great for Nigerian recipes. 

You can always watch cooking tutorial videos on youtube and Instagram to learn how to cook your favourite meals. You will spend less money on cooking than you spend on eating out because you save more when you cook at home.

I have now shared ten things you can DIY to save money. I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and will be back next week for more.

Till next time

Love,

Ronke.

Published by ronkeodewumi

I am a Chartered Accountant (ACMA, CGMA) and seasoned Management Consultant with about 16 years of experience driving the delivery of strategic solutions to complex problems of global firms. Through my blog, youtube channel, social media, tailored courses and downloadable material, I share information, resources and tips to help you manage your money better, grow your business, progress in your career, thrive in difficult times and create a life that is safe from failure, while being the best version of yourself. You will also find here links to my youtube videos where I share more nuggets to help you achieve and live your dream life. I am based in London, United Kingdom and always happy to connect with you via email (ronkeodewumi@gmail.com), social media or my contact page here.

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