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Learn How to Do Something New This Weekend

Money Tip: Learn How to Do Something New This Weekend

Self-sufficiency is the biggest asset you can have during this down economy. That means not borrowing money from your credit card carrier, but it also includes daily tasks that you often rely on others to complete. While you're spending more time at home over the weekend, apply a few free hours to honing new skills that could also save you money.

I hate to admit it, but I don't know how to sew a button. Pathetic, right? There's a button on my Winter coat that won't stop coming loose, and I keep making silly trips to the dry cleaner to have it "professionally" reattached. In order to eliminate this unnecessary expense, as well as future money- and time-wasting trips, I'm officially going to learn how to sew a button.

Picking up a new skill or honing an old one could be fun, like trying to recreate a dish served at one of your favorite places to eat. What could you work on this weekend that would ultimately save you money?

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aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
I want a sewing machine so much more now...ha.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
I've been knitting myself a skirt for the Spring ... but I can't tell if it has been really worth it since it's taking soooooo long.
Cat1025 Cat1025 7 years
While learning new skills, think about including your children in the effort. My son and my daughter learned how to cook, mend, do laundry and even basic car maintenance from their single mom. My son even taught his wife to cook!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Well.... i guess that long-term you are saving money but there definitely his quite a bit of an upfront expense to learning something new. Sure, a button, all you have to do is drive to a store and buy a needle and thread ($2-3 total) then use youtube to see how to do it :) But for other things like Knitting, Cooking, there is an upfront expense that really hinders me learning new things.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Well.... i guess that long-term you are saving money but there definitely his quite a bit of an upfront expense to learning something new. Sure, a button, all you have to do is drive to a store and buy a needle and thread ($2-3 total) then use youtube to see how to do it :) But for other things like Knitting, Cooking, there is an upfront expense that really hinders me learning new things.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 7 years
I'm so glad I took fashion design and production all through out high school. I made my own prom dresses and stuff so sewing is easy to me! I would like to learn more about cars though, so in case something ever goes wrong I could (try) and fix it!
CoralAmber CoralAmber 7 years
I'm drawing a blank on anything I can learn to do this weekend to save money. Although I am watching a DVD my honey got on Netflix, so I guess that's kinda frugal :)
Amandaletta Amandaletta 7 years
I've started making my own ice cream, which is so much fun! It may cost more for the ingredients but I get much more ice cream out of it than if I spent that same amount buying the ice cream at the store.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I want to learn how to make my own candles. I love buying scented candles, but most of them are really expensive and they don't smell exactly the way I want them to. Plus, it'd be a cool project to do. I also need to get better at knitting. Right now, I can knit dishcloths and scarves, but I would LOVE to learn how to knit hats and mittens and things like that.
Angelica Angelica 7 years
I am planning on it! I am making party favors (well baking them!). Thanks for the encouragement!
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 7 years
good idea! i successfully recreated a special pasta dish for my fiance when they took it off of the menu at our favorite restaurant, and it makes me wonder why we paid $13/plate for it in the first place. ha. i'm trying to learn how to tailor my own clothes, but that one's not going so well.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 7 years
good idea! i successfully recreated a special pasta dish for my fiance when they took it off of the menu at our favorite restaurant, and it makes me wonder why we paid $13/plate for it in the first place. ha.i'm trying to learn how to tailor my own clothes, but that one's not going so well.
miss-malone miss-malone 7 years
Sounds good! I love learning new things.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
Not to be obnoxious, but if you have to keep returning to the same dry cleaner for one button, then maybe you need a new dry cleaner or tailor as well!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
Well, it's not exactly learning something new but the hubby and I should spend our weekend doing some home improvement on his house. We'd like to sell it but because of the economic situation we just can't get motivated!
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Sewing a button is easy peasy. I'm so glad my mom taught me how to hem my pants, repair torn seams, and the like so I can do it myself.
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