As I promised yesterday, I’ll be writing about my various Ninja skills that help save me some coin. You may think Ninjas are only good for things like breaking a 2×4 in half with their head, but you are wrong. We are actually quite useful. I’m always trying to figure out ways to become more self sufficient, and I’d like to share with you a few areas where I’ve effectively managed cut corners.
Paying for hair cuts is so early 2000’s. At least if you’re a dude it is. I haven’t paid for a hair cut in six years now. Back in the day when I was getting trimmed up, I was dropping about $20 a cut. Instead of continuing to throw my money away, I decided to invest in a pair of $20 clippers and cut my own hair. Averaging one haircut every 1.5 months over the last six years, I’ve saved myself over $950. And I’d like to add, I look darn good too 🙂
The world of “fixing” things is new to me, but one I better learn. I’ve always bought things new, or paid someone else to fix/build stuff for me. It’s about time I start learning how to be more useful around the house. I may not be able to build my own furniture just yet, but I’m getting pretty good at assembling it. On Monday, Girl Ninja and I made an Ikea run, and I ended up assembling a dresser. It may have taken four hours to put it together (damn Ikea), but I still felt “manly” by the end.
I’ve also taken up painting. I got a desk from my buddy for free, but GN wanted it to be black instead of birch. I headed to Home Depot picked up some primer, paint, sandpaper, and a paint brush. Two days and four coats later, we have a beautiful black desk. I’m kinda diggin’ this macho “handy man” thing right now.
Wedding Crap Stuff
Even though we are having a rather expensive/large wedding, we’ve still tried to do as much stuff on our own as we can. You’ve already seen our save the dates (which we made in Photoshop), but we also made our wedding invitations from scratch. All 250 of them. It took us a good week of cutting, folding, ribbon tying, glue sticking, envelope licking, address labeling, etc just to get those suckers in the mail box, but it was worth every ounce of frustration. We called around to see how much our invitations would cost to have professionally done and were quoted around $1,000. We ended up spending about $350. I’ll be sure to put a picture of the finished product up in a couple days of them. They look very “whimsical”, as girl ninja likes to say.
It will be a cold day in hell before I pay someone to move my furniture. I probably wont always feel this way, but while I’m young and able, I’ll be doing all the heavy lifting. I’ve moved 10 times in the last seven years and have always packed and moved my stuff. I couldn’t fathom paying someone to move my stuff for me. It just seems like a waste of money. Granted, I don’t really own that much stuff. I imagine as I accumulate more furniture as well as become less mobile, I’ll probably be hiring movers. Hopefully that’s a good 10 years off though.
That’s right. These blogs things can get expensive. There are all sorts of companies out there that help improve one’s blog. From SEO optimization, to custom blog templates, to graphic designs, there are a billion ways one can drop some coin to help improve their blog.
I, on the other hand, am way to cheap to pay for any of that crap. Instead I started googling every topic I knew nothing about, but felt was important to learn. I have zero education as far as CSS coding, photoshopping, and SEOing is concerned, but through the wonders of the internet. I’ve acquired some valuable photoshop/css skills.
That said, if there is any part of my blog that you hate, it’s because I’m simply too stupid to figure out how to change it or too cheap to pay someone else to do it. Sorry 🙂
Okay, so now that many of you shared ways in which you are “lazy”, it’s time to redeem yourself and share the “Do It Yourself” projects you have mastered. Do you handle your own landscaping? Are you crafty with home decorations? Paint your own nails? What skillz are you rockin?