We all know that DIY can save us money. Instead of relying on professionals and their price lists, a tight budget requires you to get down and dirty. Doing a job yourself can be satisfying, as well as cheap. Yet, many of us still fail to turn to DIY solutions when it matters most. Critical moments in our lives are often the most expensive. At no other time are savings so crucial. But, because these big moments mean so much, we’re hesitant to let DIY save us. We want everything to go according to plan. DIY options can be less reliable. But, when done right, they’re 100% worthwhile. We’re going to take a look at some do it yourself solutions for those moments that matter the most.
Let’s not beat around the bush; weddings cost a bomb. One moment, you’re excited about declaring your undying love. The next, you’re up to your eyeballs in debt. The good news is, there are many easy ways to save on costs. And, DIY is central to a lot of them. The savings can start from the off. Wedding invitations are one cost you can easily do without. Don’t turn straight to a professional. Invest in some cheap card and crafting equipment and do it yourself. Use something like these free wedding invitation templates to give you an idea of how to do it. You’ll also need to consider details such as your wedding cake, which can be made at home or by a friend. Think, too, about decorations. The more you make yourself, the better off you’ll be. You could even get handy with customization to make your wedding dress!
Okay, moving home isn’t going to be cheap, no matter what you do. But, there are ways to lessen the blow. You’re paying enough for the house itself, so keep the moving process as cheap as possible. The main expense you’re looking at is the removal company. You’ll have to pay for the boxes and the removal of them. Cut out the middleman by sourcing your boxes yourself. Think, too, about moving without a professional company. Do you know anyone who has a van? Scour your friend list for strong men who could help, too. Chuck a crate of beer into the bargain to seal the deal.
HAVING A BABY
Having a baby is unique in that the costs never end. All the more reason to save now, while you have the chance. There are a lot of things to get when you have a baby on the way. Instead of rushing out to buy an expensive crib, consider whether you could make one yourself. Or, get your man to do it. You’re in no condition, after all. Make sure to do your research to ensure it’s safe for baby! You could also make your baby clothes instead of buying them. Your child’s going to grow out of them in no time, so it’s really not worth spending a fortune.