I haven’t been a big fan of the DIY approach as an adult because of my busy schedule. Growing up, I used to do a lot of things myself, such as take care of my nails, flat iron my hair and give myself a perm. I also had to cook because in my culture it was imperative a girl knew how to cook. But for a while, I tried freeing myself from these responsibilities because I was too busy. I chose the path of “convenience”.
Last December, as I was evaluating my expenses for the year, I realized my so-called “convenience” was very costly. I spent about $290 every month just for “convenience”. As I was staring at the undeniable facts from my bank statements the lightbulb went on for me. I knew something had to change this year in my way of life. I resolved to adopt the following “DIY”, thereby saving myself an average of $290 for the first two months of the year.
3 simple DIY tips that will save you an average of $290 a month …
- DIY Mani-Pedi
The average price for a manicure and pedicure is $35 a visit. Instead, I invest in a good nail file, cuticle treatment and a top coat. I usually use Sally Hansen and Motives by Loren Ridinger nail products. These are great products. They stay on for about two weeks and they don’t chip. It only takes 30-45 minutes to do a mani-pedi at home.
- Morning coffee
I always thought it was easier to stop by a Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks or any other coffee shop to get a cup of coffee. Now, I wake up ten minutes early to make it at home. I realized with the time I stand in line to get the cup of coffee, I can make it myself and save an average of $43 a month.
- Lunch at work
I used to spend an average of $8 a day on lunch at work. Sometimes I didn’t even like the food. Now I bring my own lunch from home. Not only do I make the food that I like and enjoy eating, I prepare healthier food.
Just by adjusting my schedule a little bit, I save myself a lot of money each month. I feel healthy and I have beautiful nails. Some would call that “frugal living”, but I call it “taking better care of myself and my wallet”.
What about you? What are some things you’ve chosen to do on your own in order to save money?
Myrlande E. Sauveur is the award-winning and bestselling author of Daily Spiritual Vitamins and Minerals for Your Soul, a daily devotional Bible study book. She lives in Stamford, CT. When she’s not writing, Myrlande is volunteering, clipping coupons and finding online deals, spending time with her family and friends and collecting exotic gemstones.