Have you ever dreamed of becoming Martha Stewart or cook like Rachael Ray?
I sure have! I dream of having a home on acreage like Martha’s Vineyard. I dream of having cookware and gourmet meals like Rachael. Yet I find myself wondering if having all the “right stuff” is really worth it? Do I need to buy or live like like them, in order to be happy?
Of course, I come to the conclusion by answering that question with a big fat NO.
Instead of aspiring to be someone else, what if I took ideas from them and made them into my own? That is what I want, isn’t it? To just be me? Why to live up to someone else’s standards for in reality, what makes Martha Martha, is the fact that she has her own unique skills and ways.
I think often we try to literally buy into the fact that we can be a certain someone and buy all the things we need to be this person, only to fall up short every time. What if we learned to be people like Martha and Rachael, not by what we buy, but what we DON’T buy?
What if we set out to be our own unique individual and DIY’ed what WE wanted to DIY instead of buying into other’s recommendations?
This is where I think considering the DIY vs. BUY idea can help anyone ease their desire to be someone else and save money in the process!
Why do you buy something? Because someone suggested it to you? Because you need it? Because you don’t want to spend the time making it? Whatever the answer may be, I want to help you consider some items that you could start “DIY-ing” instead of buying.
Two things to consider first:
1. Is a DIY project worth the money?
2. Is the DIY project worth the time?
I would love to give you simple answers to these very questions, but each person is different. So let me try to answer these questions simply by looking at a few different DIY vs. Buy projects that you may consider utilizing someday.
1. Garden – when you consider the cost of what a pack of cucumber seeds may cost vs. the cost of one cucumber bought at your local grocery story, the price is relatively the same. The only hold-back is the time it takes to maintain a garden. There is great pleasure that can be found in growing your own food and the thrill of picking fresh vegetables out of your garden for supper? Hard to compare!
2. Meals at home – with the invention of the internet years and years ago, it has transformed the kitchen. Cookbooks are not as popular as they used to be with numerous copycat recipes, restaurant secrets, and tv show concoctions, all available online. Why pay for a meal from a certain restaurant when you can make it at home? Yes, there is something to be said about NOT making dinner, but if you have the time, it IS worth the money to cook at home.
3. Clothing – this is a toss up. It wasn’t that long ago, that many were still making their own clothes (and some still are!) Though, the cost of fabric and the cost of clothing from stores, makes it difficult to spend the time making something, when it may be readily available at a store for a cheaper price. The kicker is when alterations need to happen or even a fixin’. How many items of clothing do you throw away because there is a rip, a button off, or whatever? Fixing is by far cheaper than buying a whole new piece. Learning basic and simple sewing skills, could end up saving you oodles!
4. Canning/Freezing – preserving food may seem like a daunting task when you can buy a can of vegetables for cheap at the grocery store. Have you ever read the other ingredients that come in that can as well? When you can and freeze your own food (or even fresh vegetables or fruit that you buy from the store), you know exactly what is going into that can or freezer bag – pure natural goodness! Yes, canning can be a little time consuming, but even freezing is very easy to do when it comes to websites like www.pickyourown.org!
5. Home Renovations – when something breaks, leaks, or falls apart in your home, what is your first instinct? To call a repairman? Even though you may think you may be saving time, you actually may not be, and even more so, NOT saving money. When a repairman says he is going to be there between let’s say 8-12pm, you spend half your morning, waiting for him to show up. With helpful websites like youtube and just researching how to fix something, you may actually be able to fix the problem yourself! My husband has fixed numerous items in our home, thanks to youtube and a how-to-fix-anything-in-your-home book that he received as a wedding gift. He has saved us so much money, but taking the time to fix something himself. He is learning, feeling accomplished, and his wife couldn’t be more thankful!
It is easy to take the easy way out and just pay the money, but is it REALLY worth it? Is it REALLY worth the money? The joy and pride that comes out of DIYing, makes some projects worth the time and effort! Be yourself – don’t try and be someone else – try the DIY route!