I'm encouraging you to insource as much as possible this year.
DIY is good. It saves money and time. It gives you a sense of satisfaction. It makes you believe in yourself and your capabilities. When my Nanna and Grandpa needed something fixed, they did it themselves. I'm trying to emulate them and their can-do outlook on life, because finally, of course, it can save you lots and lots of lovely money!
How much money, you might ask? Well, here's an example.
This last week, I insourced the following:
Washing machine repair (the filter was clogged) saving $150 in callout fee + repairs.
Manicure and Pedicure saving $70.
Baking for school lunches and packing a healthy lunch for my daughter every day saving up to $100 in equivalent food from the school canteen.
Homemade Fish burgers saving at least $15.
Homemade spicy chicken fillets saving at least $20.
Purchase of portion controlled meal containers at half price from Woolworths saving $550 on a months worth of LitenEasy to remind me of what a 'portion size' looks like!
Walked twice a day for 30 minutes each time saving $65 a month on a gym membership.
Used a Fat Blaster chocolate shake (which I don't like doing but which I finally acknowledge is a great way to lose a bit of weight quickly to keep my motivation up), for a week. It was on special at $14.99, I've made it up with half whole milk, half water instead of skim milk, eaten lots of salad and veg (which I prefer to fruit), drank water, taken my vitamins and am happy to report that in conjunction with the walking, I've lost 2.2 kgs. 17.8 to go before we head off on our cruise in Mid June. That's under a kilo a week, so I think I'll be fine.
Trimmed, conditioned and did a toning treatment on my hair saving $100.
A grand total of.....$1085!!! Just by making 'DIY' my first port of call, rather than outsourcing things that I know others would not think twice about! Granted, the LitenEasy total would have been for three weeks, but only for myself, so I figured it was fair to include the total, considering I would have still been shopping for The Diva, The Musician Husband and The Dog :)
I'm VERY happy with that week!
Meanwhile, please share your insourcing for the week. I'd love to hear from you.