The Best Ways to Save Money in 2018
The Make Do Mend Mindset
If you’re looking to find the best ways to save money in all areas of your daily life, then it makes sense to adopt a “Make Do Mend” attitude. This was very popular in WWII when there wasn’t a lot of money or resources around, so it was something of a necessity, and it has mostly fallen out of favour since. However, it is an imminently sensible way of cutting your costs, keeping your home in good shape, maintaining a great wardrobe and so many other things that it’s worth bringing it back in the 21st Century.
With that in mind, here are some of the best ways to save money in your daily life by getting into a make do and mend mindset:
• Learn How to Sew
The basic foundation for developing a make and do mindset is learning how to sew. This is a pretty simple skill that you can learn at Craftsy, but it can allow you to do everything from mending a rip in your dress to reupholstering a favourite ottoman. You can also easily repurpose old clothes you no longer like into a new creation that you truly love.
• DIY Repair
Having a make do mend mindset means that you don’t automatically throw things away when they break, or they start to get a bit worn. You learn how to revamp or repair them, and you keep your stuff for longer.
If you can’t repair something yourself, then using a company like Fixitt Appliance Repairs, who have experts who can repair your appliances for you is better than throwing it away. You’ll be having to pay even more for a new whatever it is! Unless something is damaged beyond repair, hold on to it and improve it yourself or with help.
• Buy Second-Hand
As well as repairing what you already have, before you buy anything new, check out any sources of second-hand goods that are available in your area and see if there is any furniture/clothing/etc., that have potential.
If they’re even a bit worn or damaged, they’ll probably be really cheap, and you can then, sand, paint, sew and dye them until they represent the kind of thing you really want at a fraction of the price. You can do this for furniture, clothing, consumer electronics and a whole host of other stuff. Never buy new without checking out your options first.
Instead of spending over the odds for greetings cards, wrapping paper and even gifts, look at the stuff you already have to hand and find a way of turning them into beautiful gifts. You can recycle magazines, books, paper, etc., into cards and wrapping paper, if you grow fruits, you can make your own jam and gift it as a gift, and you can use old newspapers to make beautiful beads that can then be fashioned into truly unique jewellery.
Making do and mending is not the easiest option, especially when you’re just starting out and you don’t have the relevant skills, but it’s easy to learn how to do everything from painting furniture to sewing dresses and once you have those skills, you can save big money. It’s so worth it!