I have written about the benefits of living within your means. For us, it meant that we were both able to retire young, me at 50 and my other half at 55. But your means, or your earnings if you will, can go much further if you are willing to do more for yourself rather than hiring out everything . There are many things that you can do for yourself that require little or no special training like cleaning your house, washing your car, pulling weeds, mowing your lawn, or stacking firewood. You can even make them family affairs, sharing the workload to minimize the time that these jobs take. Aside from saving money, there is the satisfaction you get when you see the results from your own efforts. And you are instilling a work ethic in your children that will serve them well in the future.
With the availability of DIY books and television shows, adult education classes, and the internet, learning to do more for yourself is easier than ever. Through them I have improved my cooking, got suggestions for home remodeling and decoration, found great deals on travel, and discovered free recreational opportunities. My husband takes even greater advantage of these resources in researching how to make countless repairs, sweep our chimney, reduce energy costs, and to build beautiful things out of wood, to name just a few.
I know that you may be thinking that you don’t have the time. But how much time do you spend with your cell phone, watching videos online, tweeting, or playing video games? Look at it this way, if you can find a little more time to prepare your own meals, clean your own house, do your own yard work, and more, it just might translate into increased financial security, being able to provide a college education for your children, an earlier retirement, or just more options period. Don’t you think it’s worth a try?