As you all know by now, I’m fairly creative when it comes to saving money.
I use coupons, take advantage of sales and buy items in their off-season to make sure I’m getting the most value for my money.
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But I also try the do-it-yourself (DIY) route as much as possible to save even more money.
Here are 3 simple DIY items I’ve bought that have saved me money.
I have short hair which means it’s low maintenance and easy to cut.
As an added bonus, like a lot of guys out there I really don’t have ‘bad hair days’ – which is hard to have when your hair is only a few inches long.
Even though men’s haircuts are cheaper than women’s haircuts, my hair grows quickly – and getting a haircut every 3-4 weeks can really start to add up.
To keep our monthly spending in check, we bought a haircutting set so that I can get my haircuts at home (my family does this – lucky them!)
The kit comes with everything you need and even has a video showing you the different techniques.
I thought it would be difficult and was hesitant to have my haircut by someone with no past experience, but it actually turned out well.
It takes about 20 minutes to cut my hair and I no longer have to worry about making an appointment, driving to/from the hair salon, or waiting in line.
Bottom line: a $40 haircutting set has saved me over $350 so far.
Windshield Repair Kit
After getting windshield chip repairs done almost every 6 months, the costs really started to add up.
A regular chip repair here costs about $40 (per chip) and can be done at a mobile repair shop or by most autobody shops. If we had 3 chips repaired per year, this would add up to $120 just on chip repairs alone.
What’s even worse was that I would seem to get a windshield chip every time there were rocks on the road. In a cold climate this meant every spring was guaranteed to give us some rock chips.
I bought a windshield repair kit on eBay for about $100. A quality windshield chip repair kit costs about $80 and the kit I bought has enough material to repair about 10 chips, so it will more than pay for itself when I am finished with it.
I’ve repaired two chips so far and have had no problems. What’s even better is that I don’t have to go through the hassle of booking an appointment at a repair shop or tracking down one of the mobile repair shops.
Bottom line: a $100 windshield repair kit will save me over $300.
As you probably know, I’m a big fan of coupon books. I bought my first coupon book last year and since then I have been hooked on saving money.
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My process for saving money is simple: scour classified ad sites like Kijiji or Craigslist looking for people who want to trade coupons. Sometimes people have coupons they don’t want and are looking for others in a similar position. It’s a win-win for both – the trade gives us both coupons we will use in exchange for coupons we don’t need.
I have a stockpile of over $350 in grocery coupons I’ve acquired by trading.
Anyone can do it, and aside from the cost of the coupon book (and postage) – it’s free.
Click here to get your own coupon book and start saving.
Bottom line: coupon books have saved me over $350 in grocery costs.
What purchases have you made that saved you money?