It's never too late to learn a few new skills, especially when those skills will give you a chance to save some money. Should you decide to improve your talents with just one of these prime examples, you will be able to cut down on an aspect of your life that may be expensive when you do the math and find out how much you are spending annually. And here's the good news: they are all relatively easy to learn! Learning these helpful skills: cooking, minor electrical, sewing, changing a tire and hair cutting will cut your expenses this year.
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#1: Cooking a meal
Many of us resort to takeaway foods and processed microwave meals because we don't know how to cook. This is expensive, as it is far cheaper to put fresh ingredients into our shopping baskets than the packaged alternatives. Of course, cooking your own foods is the healthy option too, as you won't be forced to eat meals that may have been overloaded with an abundance of salt or any other ingredient that may not be conducive to long-term health. So, consider signing up to a cooking class or pick up a few tips by watching YouTube videos and reading recipe guides online.
Make a start by learning these quick and easy recipes.
#2: Replacing and wiring an electrical outlet
Now, there are some jobs you shouldn't take on yourself, and these include those tasks pertaining to your electrics. You will understand why, of course, as you might be in for a very nasty shock indeed if something goes wrong. We are talking about this both literally and metaphorically. However, replacing an electrical outlet is something most of us can do, and wiring a new outlet isn't out of the realm of possibility either. By learning this skill, you won't need to call out an electrician when your outlet needs changing, so you will save money. Just don't forget to turn the power off before you get to work!
To learn how check out this article on learning how to wire an outlet.
#3: Repairing your old clothes
Unfortunately, the clothes we wear will get tattered and worn the more we wear them, but does this mean we should relegate them to the recycling bin? No, because it is possible to mend any damage and so we should have the opportunity to wear them for a lot longer. So, the next time you notice a nasty rip in your favorite dress or see a hole in your cardigan, don't assume you need to whip your credit card out for another clothing spend. If you're able to whip out your needle and thread instead, you will be able to save money on clothes by repairing what you already own.
For some handy tips check out this beginner's guide to mending your clothes.
#4: Changing a tire
Is there anything worse than breaking down on the highway because of a puncture? Well, there probably is, but at that moment when panic sets in, you might decide that this is the worst thing ever. Not only is there the fear of being stranded in the middle of nowhere but there is also the expense that will follow. If you don't know how to change a tire on your car, you will have to call out a breakdown service. Of course, it might be that a knight in shining armor (or a shining car) stops and lends you a hand, but it's still worth your while learning how to change your tires for monetary and safety reasons.
Here's a wheely (sorry) good guide to changing a tire.
#5: Cutting your own hair
Chances are, you may have started to learn this skill already. As hairdressers have been closed because of the pandemic, you may have made attempts to cut your hair instead of becoming the next Rapunzel. Alternatively, you may have asked a family member to do it for you, which is fine, although a little risky if they don't know what they're doing. Whatever the case, it's worth picking up a few tips so you can cut your own hair without making any awkward mistakes. You will then be able to save money as there will be less need to visit the hairdresser on a too-regular basis.
To get to grips with cutting your own hair, check out this helpful guide.
There are many more skills you can learn, of course, and some of them will probably save you money. So, consider our suggestions and then think about those other skills that might prove useful to you and look online for classes and tutorials. You will then have the opportunity to be more self-sufficient and have the means to save your money for some of the nicer things in life.
Thanks for reading.
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