Some people are perfectly content paying for their time. They are willing to spend money on anything that will save them a little effort. However, there are a lot of things people pay for that are not worth it at all. According to a popular internet forum, here are some of the worst things people pay for that they could easily DIY.
1. Outlet Covers
This one might seem downright bizarre, but one commenter explains that his Uncle hired an electrician to replace the outlet covers in the house. Yes, just the covers. "Family offered to do it for free, but he wanted to have it done by the professionals."
Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are expensive. The cost of a cup of coffee is increasing at an alarming rate. It will save coffee drinkers a lot of money to make a pot at home and use a travel mug to take it with them. Keurig pods are not as expensive as donut shop coffee but are more pricey than brewing a whole pot yourself.
Of course, it is okay to eat out at a restaurant every once in a while. But going out for lunch and dinner every day of the week will cost you a lot of money. It is much cheaper to purchase the ingredients and cook at home. Sandwiches are an easy and delicious lunch that cost almost nothing to make yourself.
4. Laptop RAM
This might sound a bit scary to some people, but replacing something like the RAM in your laptop is very simple. If you have concerns, watch a "how to" video on YouTube. One person confesses they saw a Best Buy ad for this service, which would cost someone $80! Instead, it took them just a few minutes to do it themselves.
5. Sewing On A Button
Yes, people have taken a button that fell off a coat, pants, or shirt and have brought it to a sewist to fix. It may not cost a lot for them to put it back on, but it is certainly a waste of money. If you learn to sew, even at a beginner level, you can also fix small rips in clothing, saving you even more money in the long run.
6. Changing A Tire
Most vehicles come with everything you need to change your tire. My father told me that one of the most important things to learn before getting my license was how to change a tire. Not only will this save you from having to wait on the side of the road for AAA to arrive and help you, but it will also save you a pretty penny if you can do it yourself.
7. Cut Fruits and Vegetables
It might seem like you will save a lot of time by purchasing the already-cut containers of fruit and vegetables at the grocery store; however, they cost a lot more money than buying them whole. Not only that, they will go bad a lot quicker.
8. Setting Up Internet Equipment
One person says they cannot believe that people have paid hundreds of dollars for a company to come and set up their internet equipment. Very rarely, the internet provider offers to send someone out for free to do it. However, even then, you have to work around their schedule. If you have questions, look it up on YouTube. Connecting modems, routers, and extenders is fairly simple.
9. Changing Guitar Strings
If you know how to play guitar, you should know how to change the strings. Sure, music shops offer the service of changing them for you for a fee, but is it worth the money you spend not to do it yourself? A responder says, "I never understood how any respectable guitar player can bring their guitar into a shop for a simple string change," I tend to agree.
10. Simple Machine Fixes
There is a plethora of videos on YouTube showing viewers how they can fix their appliances. If you have a simple issue with your washer, dryer, or refrigerator, you name it; it might be easier to fix it yourself. Repair services are expensive, and you have to work around their schedule. Pull out your computer, watch a video, and have your machine working again in no time.
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