Budget Hater

Yep. I Did That!

Posted by Aaron Coleman
Nov 05, 2013

In a recent post, Pound It Out, I wrote about a project that I had delayed for months because I thought it was going to be too time consuming.  As the story unfolds, it only took about 4 hours…  I have had a load of feedback from that blog and would like to expand on it. 


We often times don’t do certain projects or take on certain tasks because of the perceived expense or time commitment of accomplishing what we need done.  If you are like me, the thought of putting in a new floor or re-doing the counter tops is a daunting challenge and something I would rather “outsource,” i.e. pay someone else to accomplish. 


Paying someone else is certainly sometimes the best option.  If you have the cash and are comfortable with hiring someone – great.  Some projects simply require professionals.  But if cash is tight and you are not comfortable hiring someone, doing it yourself might be a viable option. 


Here are five steps to overcoming your fear of Doing It Yourself (DIY): 


1)   Pencil out exactly what needs to be done.  It’s easy to look at a project on the surface and tell yourself:  “No way.  It’s too much work.”  But once you break it down, task-by-task, it becomes more feasible. 


2)   Research on YouTube.  There has never been more content available online that can help you organize and accomplish your task.  Simply take the time to research your project and learn what you need to move forward.   


3)   Talk with an expert.  At Winning With Money we are big into talking with experts.  Instead of going to the neighborhood “big-box” retailer, try going to a more specialized, local community business that can help you get the right materials and tools the first time.  This is true with a building project, computer project, or just about any project you take on.  It sometimes might cost a little extra, but only having to go out once instead of many times will save you money in gas, returned materials and precious time. 


4)   Measure twice, cut once.   This is a great piece of advice that all trades people adhere to.  Take your time and think it through.  Getting your project done at record pace doesn’t really help your situation.  (It might, but doubtful.)  Making simple mistakes can end up costing you hundreds in new materials. 


5)   Finish Strong.  I can’t tell you how many times I see people start a project and don’t finish it.  Take the extra time and make it impress.  It will look better, you will feel better and it will provide the motivation you need the next time you take on a Do It Yourself project. 


Feel free to send me your stories on how you saved money on a do it yourself project.   Your story just might inspire others. 


Aaron Coleman





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