10 FRUGAL SKILLS YOU NEED TO SAVE MONEY AND LIVE THE GOOD LIFE

5. SMART SHOPPING

You’ve worked hard to earn your money. Now you want to be as savvy as you can when spending it.

Ways to shop smart include:

  • Shopping second-hand
  • Comparing prices
  • Shopping the sales
  • Haggling
  • Avoiding impulse buys

6. Do It Yourself

The other day I spent $90 on the plumber. He changed a single tap washer.

In our defence, we tried and couldn’t do it ourselves. The darn thing was stuck. Even the plumber had trouble and there was a whole lot of swearing coming from our shower stall before he emerged triumphantly.

I would have preferred to keep the $90 in my pocket, not his.

Sometimes it’s just smarter to outsource than DIY. Electrical work should definitely be handled by a qualified pro.

However, the more skills you learn, the less you have to rely on others to do it for you and pay a premium for it.

When it comes to DIY, don’t just think of home maintenance and renovations though.

You can DIY your own gifts, make your own cleaners, make your own soap, make your own condiments.

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