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People Describe Which Things Are Significantly Cheaper If You 'Do It Yourself'

People Describe Which Things Are Significantly Cheaper If You 'Do It Yourself'
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Be honest: Who truly likes doing things themselves?

It can feel stressful, or scary, when you think about doing something on your own. Why risk messing something up when you could just pay a professional to come over and handle things? Turns out you can save quite a bit of money if you take a little time from your day, Google how to do something, and then go ahead and do it.

Reddit user, u/Thequeensarmpit, wanted to hear about:

What is something that is significantly cheaper if you 'do it yourself'?

Save Money Around The House

Easiest way to start saving money is at home. Simple things you pay people for can start racking up, if you invest a little time into learning the way instead of investing money to not understand anything.

Maybe The Easiest Of It All

Googling how to fix your PC problems yourself and not taking it to the shop.


This is actually how I learned most of the things that lead to me having a career in IT. I broke the computer, and my family couldn't afford to fix it, so I have to figure it out myself.


Start Learning About Your Home

Any home improvement. Labor is usually 75% of the cost or more depending on the job. If you can do it yourself you will save incredible amounts of money.

That being said, sometimes its best to let a professional do the job.


Always ask around for friends who don't mind helping out. I have a master electrician buddy who helps me out for 35 an hour and cost of materials. He's flaky as f-ck and takes forever to get things done because I'm the absolute lowest priority for him, but he's saved me an easy 20 grand over the years.


Go To The Source

If buying a house from a builder like Lennar, Ryan Homes, etc. don't pay for upgrades like a deck. You can save thousands and get the same exact deck if you go direct to their deck contractor after you buy the house. You also don't need a real estate agent if you're buying from a builder either which will save you thousands as well.


Learn To Jack, Man

Changing a flat tire versus getting towed.


Even paying for someone else to come change the tire is cheaper than getting towed.


Seriously. Learn About Cars.

Most car maintenance.

Most of it is just replacing fluids. Drain it. Plug it. Pour more in.

Filters might need a tool to replace. But still just undo a couple bolts take out old dirty filter. Put new clean filter in. Put bolts back in.

If you do all of that properly when you should, then you probably won't need any of the harder maintenance anyway. Saves a lot of money.


It's The Ones You Never See Coming

However, there are those situations where you can't predict what will come your way. When life springs up a situation where you're prior knowledge won't help you, but you have to get through it, it might help to pull a Batman and just be prepared for all scenarios.

There Is A Major Difference Between "Free" And "Money"

Getting pregnant.

Cost of unprotected sex with my spouse: free.

Cost for one round of IVF: $24,000.

Too bad that first option doesn't work out very well for me any more.


Who Doesn't Need A Fence?

Building a fence. Several quotes from contractors ranged from 7000-$11000 USD for my fence. Did it myself for $2500 in 3 weekends with help from family members and a lot of beer.

Edit to answer some questions:

  • 450 feet of wood fencing, pressure treated pine, nothing fancy. COVID caused lumber prices to surge so the material alone was pretty expensive.
  • First day to dig all the holes and set the posts (we used a 2 man auger), we were out there from sun up to sun down and was easily the most labor intensive part of it all.
  • Next weekend we did the "runners" (2x4s between posts) and this took another day with 1 other person helping.
  • Next week was pickets which I did in the evenings after I got off work. All pickets were screwed instead of nailed or it would've been a lot faster.

Keep It Down, You Ruffians!

Acoustic dampening panels.

I used to work in professional A/V, and I would help small churches and poor schools know how to save money. There are a lot of things that it will end up saving you money if you get the pros involved from the start instead of attempting a DIY first. But as for acoustic treatments, sound dampening panels can cost a small fortune coming from a manufacturer, and there are probably several different parties marking up the price before it gets to you. Whereas, you can buy the materials to make them in bulk fairly inexpensively. After that, it's mostly just like doing a very simple upholstery job. Especially if you have a staff member or volunteer that has done hobby upholstery before, you can save a ton of money.

As for knowing where to put them, you can pay an engineer like $10k for a full acoustic simulation and design. Or you can do 70% of what a professional can do just by mounting them in problem areas and wherever else just makes logical sense.

As for mounting, the ones on walls can be just mounted like heavy pictures. The professionals would use special brackets and construction glue for permanent installation, but it doesn't have to be that way. The only warning I really have is if you want any overhead; you should either pay a professional or have someone experienced enough with rigging to make sure nothing is going to fall down on someones head.


Those Of Us With Quarantine Hair Raise Your Hand!

shave head instead of haircut at barber


True, but you have to accept a little bleeding if you want a smooth finish. I've been shaving my head for 20 years and about 1/5 times I cut myself.


To The Internet!

Home appliance fixes. I'm essentially a housewife now that covid killed my career. Become the household handyman and you know what? Everything is almost always either a clog or a leak. Once I had to replace the pilot assembly on my water heater and it was a huge and difficult undertaking, I was proud because it was so complex and saved us thousands. But most of the time when the fridge/dishwasher/washer/dryer is busted, it's some hose or tube that's got built up crud or a tiny motor fan blade obstructed by more crud. Got my family thinking I'm a handyman because I can follow some YouTube videos.


Because It's Always Food, Right?

Of course it's food. Who doesn't love food? Who doesn't love spending lots of money on food?

You, after you learn to do things yourself.

Don't Do The Math Now. You'll Just Be Sad.

Coffee. Buying a barista-made coffee every day adds up very quickly, buying your beans in bulk and milk every few days doesn't add up as fast


I did the math when I got my own Breville BES840XL espresso maker and started using Black Rifle Coffee. I might have paid $350 for the machine and pay $120 every 6 months for 10lbs of coffee ($0.75/oz compared to higher quality brands at the local grocery store that are $0.30/oz) but it pays for itself in a matter of 4 months compared to getting a quadruple shot of espresso from Starbucks each day (I believe with tax it's $4.10 or so for 4 shots of espresso).

Starbucks is disgusting coffee too.


Start Growing

Gardening. Just do it yourself. I time myself 30 minutes every day (weather permitting, I live in the UK) and just go at it. It is surprising how much of a difference 30 minutes a day can make to a garden.


Plus, You Also Eat Less

Cooking food vs. Eating out

A pasta meal at a restaurant can cost $20+

At home $20 would make a whole weeks worth.


Try To Find A Way To Make It Work

Fill my water from the tap instead of bottled water. Something like factor 500-1000 cheaper.


If you live somewhere with clean drinking water yes. Some people don't have that luxury


You can still filter it at home for far less than you can get it at some places. It really depends on what you're buying and where. A Pellegrino in an Italian restaurant versus a Fuji at a gas station versus a regional bottler at a grocery store during a sale, ya know? But generally speaking, way cheaper to drink tap at home, even with a filter, RO system, etc.


While you might flinch at the idea of investing time instead of money into fixing problems, think of everything you'll save for the future if you do? Just take the leap, look stuff up, and try if yourself. You might make a mistake the first time but, hey, everyone has to start somewhere.

People Reveal The Weirdest Thing About Themselves

Reddit user Isitjustmedownhere asked: 'Give an example; how weird are you really?'

Let's get one thing straight: no one is normal. We're all weird in our own ways, and that is actually normal.

Of course, that doesn't mean we don't all have that one strange trait or quirk that outweighs all the other weirdness we possess.

For me, it's the fact that I'm almost 30 years old, and I still have an imaginary friend. Her name is Sarah, she has red hair and green eyes, and I strongly believe that, since I lived in India when I created her and there were no actual people with red hair around, she was based on Daphne Blake from Scooby-Doo.

I also didn't know the name Sarah when I created her, so that came later. I know she's not really there, hence the term 'imaginary friend,' but she's kind of always been around. We all have conversations in our heads; mine are with Sarah. She keeps me on task and efficient.

My mom thinks I'm crazy that I still have an imaginary friend, and writing about her like this makes me think I may actually be crazy, but I don't mind. As I said, we're all weird, and we all have that one trait that outweighs all the other weirdness.

Redditors know this all too well and are eager to share their weird traits.

It all started when Redditor Isitjustmedownhere asked:

"Give an example; how weird are you really?"

Monsters Under My Bed

"My bed doesn't touch any wall."

"Edit: I guess i should clarify im not rich."

– Practical_Eye_3600

"Gosh the monsters can get you from any angle then."

– bikergirlr7

"At first I thought this was a flex on how big your bedroom is, but then I realized you're just a psycho 😁"

– zenOFiniquity8

Can You See Why?

"I bought one of those super-powerful fans to dry a basement carpet. Afterwards, I realized that it can point straight up and that it would be amazing to use on myself post-shower. Now I squeegee my body with my hands, step out of the shower and get blasted by a wide jet of room-temp air. I barely use my towel at all. Wife thinks I'm weird."

– KingBooRadley


"In 1990 when I was 8 years old and bored on a field trip, I saw a black Oldsmobile Cutlass driving down the street on a hot day to where you could see that mirage like distortion from the heat on the road. I took a “snapshot” by blinking my eyes and told myself “I wonder how long I can remember this image” ….well."

– AquamarineCheetah

"Even before smartphones, I always take "snapshots" by blinking my eyes hoping I'll remember every detail so I can draw it when I get home. Unfortunately, I may have taken so much snapshots that I can no longer remember every detail I want to draw."

"Makes me think my "memory is full.""

– Reasonable-Pirate902

Same, Same

"I have eaten the same lunch every day for the past 4 years and I'm not bored yet."

– OhhGoood

"How f**king big was this lunch when you started?"

– notmyrealnam3

Not Sure Who Was Weirder

"Had a line cook that worked for us for 6 months never said much. My sous chef once told him with no context, "Baw wit da baw daw bang daw bang diggy diggy." The guy smiled, left, and never came back."

– Frostygrunt


"I pace around my house for hours listening to music imagining that I have done all the things I simply lack the brain capacity to do, or in some really bizarre scenarios, I can really get immersed in these imaginations sometimes I don't know if this is some form of schizophrenia or what."

– RandomSharinganUser

"I do the same exact thing, sometimes for hours. When I was young it would be a ridiculous amount of time and many years later it’s sort of trickled off into almost nothing (almost). It’s weird but I just thought it’s how my brain processes sh*t."

– Kolkeia

If Only

"Even as an adult I still think that if you are in a car that goes over a cliff; and right as you are about to hit the ground if you jump up you can avoid the damage and will land safely. I know I'm wrong. You shut up. I'm not crying."

– ShotCompetition2593

Pet Food

"As a kid I would snack on my dog's Milkbones."

– drummerskillit

"Haha, I have a clear memory of myself doing this as well. I was around 3 y/o. Needless to say no one was supervising me."

– Isitjustmedownhere

"When I was younger, one of my responsibilities was to feed the pet fish every day. Instead, I would hide under the futon in the spare bedroom and eat the fish food."

– -GateKeep-

My Favorite Subject

"I'm autistic and have always had a thing for insects. My neurotypical best friend and I used to hang out at this local bar to talk to girls, back in the late 90s. One time he claimed that my tendency to circle conversations back to insects was hurting my game. The next time we went to that bar (with a few other friends), he turned and said sternly "No talking about bugs. Or space, or statistics or other bullsh*t but mainly no bugs." I felt like he was losing his mind over nothing."

"It was summer, the bar had its windows open. Our group hit it off with a group of young ladies, We were all chatting and having a good time. I was talking to one of these girls, my buddy was behind her facing away from me talking to a few other people."

"A cloudless sulphur flies in and lands on little thing that holds coasters."

"Cue Jordan Peele sweating gif."

"The girl notices my tension, and asks if I am looking at the leaf. "Actually, that's a lepidoptera called..." I looked at the back of my friend's head, he wasn't looking, "I mean a butterfly..." I poked it and it spread its wings the girl says "oh that's a BUG?!" and I still remember my friend turning around slowly to look at me with chastisement. The ONE thing he told me not to do."

"I was 21, and was completely not aware that I already had a rep for being an oddball. It got worse from there."

– Phormicidae

*Teeth Chatter*

"I bite ice cream sometimes."


"That's how I am with popsicles. My wife shudders every single time."


Never Speak Of This

"I put ice in my milk."


"You should keep that kind of thing to yourself. Even when asked."

– We-R-Doomed

"There's some disturbing sh*t in this thread, but this one takes the cake."

– RatonaMuffin

More Than Super Hearing

"I can hear the television while it's on mute."

– Tira13e

"What does it say to you, child?"

– Mama_Skip


"I put mustard on my omelettes."

– Deleted User


– NotCrustOr-filling

Evened Up

"Whenever I say a word and feel like I used a half of my mouth more than the other half, I have to even it out by saying the word again using the other half of my mouth more. If I don't do it correctly, that can go on forever until I feel it's ok."

"I do it silently so I don't creep people out."

– LesPaltaX

"That sounds like a symptom of OCD (I have it myself). Some people with OCD feel like certain actions have to be balanced (like counting or making sure physical movements are even). You should find a therapist who specializes in OCD, because they can help you."

– MoonlightKayla

I totally have the same need for things to be balanced! Guess I'm weird and a little OCD!

Close up face of a woman in bed, staring into the camera
Photo by Jen Theodore

Experiencing death is a fascinating and frightening idea.

Who doesn't want to know what is waiting for us on the other side?

But so many of us want to know and then come back and live a little longer.

It would be so great to be sure there is something else.

But the whole dying part is not that great, so we'll have to rely on other people's accounts.

Redditor AlaskaStiletto wanted to hear from everyone who has returned to life, so they asked:

"Redditors who have 'died' and come back to life, what did you see?"


Happy Good Vibes GIF by Major League SoccerGiphy

"My dad's heart stopped when he had a heart attack and he had to be brought back to life. He kept the paper copy of the heart monitor which shows he flatlined. He said he felt an overwhelming sensation of peace, like nothing he had felt before."



"I had surgical complications in 2010 that caused a great deal of blood loss. As a result, I had extremely low blood pressure and could barely stay awake. I remember feeling like I was surrounded by loved ones who had passed. They were in a circle around me and I knew they were there to guide me onwards. I told them I was not ready to go because my kids needed me and I came back."

"My nurse later said she was afraid she’d find me dead every time she came into the room."

"It took months, and blood transfusions, but I recovered."


Take Me Back

"Overwhelming peace and happiness. A bright airy and floating feeling. I live a very stressful life. Imagine finding out the person you have had a crush on reveals they have the same feelings for you and then you win the lotto later that day - that was the feeling I had."

"I never feared death afterward and am relieved when I hear of people dying after suffering from an illness."



The Light Minnie GIF by (G)I-DLEGiphy

"I had a heart surgery with near-death experience, for me at least (well the possibility that those effects are caused by morphine is also there) I just saw black and nothing else but it was warm and I had such inner peace, its weird as I sometimes still think about it and wish this feeling of being so light and free again."


This is why I hate surgery.

You just never know.



"More of a near-death experience. I was electrocuted. I felt like I was in a deep hole looking straight up in the sky. My life flashed before me. Felt sad for my family, but I had a deep sense of peace."



"Nursing in the ICU, we’ve had people try to die on us many times during the years, some successfully. One guy stood out to me. His heart stopped. We called a code, are working on him, and suddenly he comes to. We hadn’t vented him yet, so he was able to talk, and he started screaming, 'Don’t let them take me, don’t let them take me, they are coming,' he was scared and yelling."

"Then he yelled a little more, as we tried to calm him down, he screamed, 'No, No,' and gestured towards the end of the bed, and died again. We didn’t get him back. It was seriously creepy. We called his son to tell him the news, and the son said basically, 'Good, he was an SOB.'”



"My sister died and said it was extremely peaceful. She said it was very loud like a train station and lots of talking and she was stuck in this area that was like a curtain with lots of beautiful colors (colors that you don’t see in real life according to her) a man told her 'He was sorry, but she had to go back as it wasn’t her time.'"


"I had a really similar experience except I was in an endless garden with flowers that were colors I had never seen before. It was quiet and peaceful and a woman in a dress looked at me, shook her head, and just said 'Not yet.' As I was coming back, it was extremely loud, like everyone in the world was trying to talk all at once. It was all very disorienting but it changed my perspective on life!"


The Fog

"I was in a gray fog with a girl who looked a lot like a young version of my grandmother (who was still alive) but dressed like a pioneer in the 1800s she didn't say anything but kept pulling me towards an opening in the wall. I kept refusing to go because I was so tired."

"I finally got tired of her nagging and went and that's when I came to. I had bled out during a c-section and my heart could not beat without blood. They had to deliver the baby and sew up the bleeders. refill me with blood before they could restart my heart so, like, at least 12 minutes gone."


Through the Walls

"My spouse was dead for a couple of minutes one miserable night. She maintains that she saw nothing, but only heard people talking about her like through a wall. The only thing she remembers for absolute certain was begging an ER nurse that she didn't want to die."

"She's quite alive and well today."


Well let's all be happy to be alive.

It seems to be all we have.

Man's waist line
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Trying to lose weight is a struggle understood by many people regardless of size.

The goal of reaching a healthy weight may seem unattainable, but with diet and exercise, it can pay off through persistence and discipline.

Seeing the pounds gradually drop off can also be a great motivator and incentivize people to stay the course.

Those who've achieved their respective weight goals shared their experiences when Redditor apprenti8455 asked:

"People who lost a lot of weight, what surprises you the most now?"

Redditors didn't see these coming.

Shiver Me Timbers

"I’m always cold now!"

– Telrom_1

"I had a coworker lose over 130 pounds five or six years ago. I’ve never seen him without a jacket on since."

– r7ndom

"140 lbs lost here starting just before COVID, I feel like that little old lady that's always cold, damn this top comment was on point lmao."

– mr_remy

Drawing Concern

"I lost 100 pounds over a year and a half but since I’m old(70’s) it seems few people comment on it because (I think) they think I’m wasting away from some terminal illness."

– dee-fondy

"Congrats on the weight loss! It’s honestly a real accomplishment 🙂"

"Working in oncology, I can never comment on someone’s weight loss unless I specifically know it was on purpose, regardless of their age. I think it kind of ruffles feathers at times, but like I don’t want to congratulate someone for having cancer or something. It’s a weird place to be in."

– LizardofDeath

Unleashing Insults

"I remember when I lost the first big chunk of weight (around 50 lbs) it was like it gave some people license to talk sh*t about the 'old' me. Old coworkers, friends, made a lot of not just negative, but harsh comments about what I used to look like. One person I met after the big loss saw a picture of me prior and said, 'Wow, we wouldn’t even be friends!'”

"It wasn’t extremely common, but I was a little alarmed by some of the attention. My weight has been up and down since then, but every time I gain a little it gets me a little down thinking about those things people said."

– alanamablamaspama

Not Everything Goes After Losing Weight

"The loose skin is a bit unexpected."

– KeltarCentauri

"I haven’t experienced it myself, but surgery to remove skin takes a long time to recover. Longer than bariatric surgery and usually isn’t covered by insurance unless you have both."

– KatMagic1977

"It definitely does take a long time to recover. My Dad dropped a little over 200 pounds a few years back and decided to go through with skin removal surgery to deal with the excess. His procedure was extensive, as in he had skin taken from just about every part of his body excluding his head, and he went through hell for weeks in recovery, and he was bedridden for a lot of it."

– Jaew96

These Redditors shared their pleasantly surprising experiences.


"I can buy clothes in any store I want."

– WaySavvyD

"When I lost weight I was dying to go find cute, smaller clothes and I really struggled. As someone who had always been restricted to one or two stores that catered to plus-sized clothing, a full mall of shops with items in my size was daunting. Too many options and not enough knowledge of brands that were good vs cheap. I usually went home pretty frustrated."

– ganache98012

No More Symptoms

"Lost about 80 pounds in the past year and a half, biggest thing that I’ve noticed that I haven’t seen mentioned on here yet is my acid reflux and heartburn are basically gone. I used to be popping tums every couple hours and now they just sit in the medicine cabinet collecting dust."

– colleennicole93

Expanding Capabilities

"I'm all for not judging people by their appearance and I recognise that there are unhealthy, unachievable beauty standards, but one thing that is undeniable is that I can just do stuff now. Just stamina and flexibility alone are worth it, appearance is tertiary at best."

– Ramblonius

People Change Their Tune

"How much nicer people are to you."

"My feet weren't 'wide' they were 'fat.'"

– LiZZygsu

"Have to agree. Lost 220 lbs, people make eye contact and hold open doors and stuff"

"And on the foot thing, I also lost a full shoe size numerically and also wear regular width now 😅"

– awholedamngarden

It's gonna take some getting used to.

Bones Everywhere

"Having bones. Collarbones, wrist bones, knee bones, hip bones, ribs. I have so many bones sticking out everywhere and it’s weird as hell."

– Princess-Pancake-97

"I noticed the shadow of my ribs the other day and it threw me, there’s a whole skeleton in here."

– bekastrange

Knee Pillow

"Right?! And they’re so … pointy! Now I get why people sleep with pillows between their legs - the knee bones laying on top of each other (side sleeper here) is weird and jarring."

– snic2030

"I lost only 40 pounds within the last year or so. I’m struggling to relate to most of these comments as I feel like I just 'slimmed down' rather than dropped a ton. But wow, the pillow between the knees at night. YES! I can relate to this. I think a lot of my weight was in my thighs. I never needed to do this up until recently."

– Strongbad23

More Mobility

"I’ve lost 100 lbs since 2020. It’s a collection of little things that surprise me. For at least 10 years I couldn’t put on socks, or tie my shoes. I couldn’t bend over and pick something up. I couldn’t climb a ladder to fix something. Simple things like that I can do now that fascinate me."

"Edit: Some additional little things are sitting in a chair with arms, sitting in a booth in a restaurant, being able to shop in a normal store AND not needing to buy the biggest size there, being able to easily wipe my butt, and looking down and being able to see my penis."

– dma1965

People making significant changes, whether for mental or physical health, can surely find a newfound perspective on life.

But they can also discover different issues they never saw coming.

That being said, overcoming any challenge in life is laudable, especially if it leads to gaining confidence and ditching insecurities.