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10 Do-It-Yourself Skills That Can Save a Bundle

Haircuts: This do-it-yourself task seems easier for men to accept than women, but both sexes can do it. If you don't have confidence in cutting your own hair, the first thing to do is get a easy-to-manage, low-maintenance cut.

With most chain haircut outlets charging $15 or more plus tip and most private salons charging a lot more, it only takes a single cut to pay for a clipper set and scissors. After a few times doing it on your own, you'll wonder why you ever spent as much as you did on your hair.

Cleaning clothes: Taking your weekly work clothes to the dry cleaners can put you back $50 a month even at the cheapest places. Cleaning them yourself needn't take much extra time or effort. Simply put your clothes in the wash and iron while watching television. Add in some basic mending and repair skills for clothes, and you can save a bundle by making them last longer as well.

Pet grooming: Pets can get pretty expensive, especially when you rely on others to do basic grooming like washing, brushing teeth and cutting nails. When you consider a basic shampoo and nail clip will put you back about $25, it doesn't take long for your do-it-yourself grooming skills to pay for themselves. In addition, doing basic grooming on your pets should keep them healthier and give you a better chance of spotting a medical problem early, which could save you a lot in vet bills.

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