Ready to become #atmanirbhar? Because truly, being self-dependent and self-sufficient has a lot of perks. Apart from the fact that you don’t always have to wait for someone to come to your rescue, DIYs help you save money and pick up some pretty handy skills along the way. So, let’s take a lot at eight DIY skills that every woman can easily learn and must know.
1. Minor Repair Work
Driving a nail into the wall so you can hang a picture, or unscrewing a lightbulb so that you can screw in a new one doesn’t really need outside assistance. Simply find a tutorial online and save yourself the unnecessary billing from the carpenter or electrician for a job that can be done in 5-15 minutes, tops!
However, please do not engage in electrical work more complicated than changing a lightbulb or cleaning the filter of your air conditioner as they involve a serious risk of electrocution.
2. Changing Your Car Tire
This is a skill that can save much more than just your money. Knowing how to change a tire can help ensure your safety while you are outside, and also save you time instead of having to wait by the roadside until a mechanic arrives.
There are many videos and text-based tutorials that can help you learn more about this with efficiency as well as speed.
3. Protecting Your Data
Remember that funny scene where Gopi Bahu was seen washing her husband’s laptop with soap and water with full sincerity? Yeah, absolutely don’t do that.
Jokes aside, also remember to always back up your files to some form of cloud storage or an external hard disk drive. Also, keep your antivirus software up to date and learn how to set up a wireless network. In a world as technologically advanced and device-dependent as ours, it is critical that you must know your way around a computer.
4. Filing Your Taxes
It is now easier than ever to file your taxes yourself, as more and more online portals have been set up to make the process smooth for their users. You no longer need to spend money on hiring a Chartered Accountant to get your finances in order, just register yourself with an e-filing website, and your income tax filings should be registered in compliance with all the pertinent rules and regulations. Additionally, you can also conveniently check the status of your income tax returns from home.
5. Basic First Aid
Gaining expertise in first aid is something which will not only help you but also the people around you. The first step of providing first aid is recognising the problem, especially in terms of severity, and then providing help. Knowing how to properly clean and bandage a wound or how to take care of a burn, or ascertaining the signs of a concussion is essential knowledge for everyone. Also, you should know how to give CPR to both children and adults for extreme situations. The most important part of delivering first aid is to keep yourself calm and composed, so be sure to brush up on your skills sooner rather than later.
6. Money Management
Gaining insight into how to invest your hard-earned money is a key milestone of becoming a functional adult. Read about the different avenues of investment, such as mutual funds or a savings account or a fixed deposit. Settle on an option that matches up with the amount of risk you’re willing to undertake as well as the timeframe you’re willing to invest it for. Aside from winning a lottery or answering the 7 crore question on Kaun Banega Crorepati, there aren’t many ways to make a massive amount of money quickly, so be sure to thoroughly research where you are putting your money. Taking away a fixed amount from your salary account and moving it to your savings account is a great way to ensure that you don’t overshoot your budget without realising it.
While ordering from Swiggy or Zomato every day sounds like a dream come true, it does take a toll, both on your waistline and on your wallet. Learning to cook can be therapeutic, as an outlet for your stress after a rough day. What’s more, you’ll be eating healthy, freshly made food. Eating home-cooked meals also allows you to remain in control of your budget, as they are relatively much cheaper than takeout. Cooking experiments are also a great way to express your creativity and the best part is, if you mess up, you can simply eat your mistakes!
The days of embroidering your lover’s handkerchiefs with his initials may be a thing of the past, but sewing and repairing your own clothes is still very much in style. Why go through the hassle of taking your clothes to a tailor every single time you need to have an article of clothing hemmed or darned? Learn how to sew on a button or stitch up a simple rip to save yourself some time and energy. If you manage to master the more basic tasks, you can progress to making some more artistically inclined projects that make great gifts as well, saving you some more money in the process.
Learn these essential DIY skills to start saving more money. Figuring out what you can make/repair/do it home is a great way to upgrade your skills too. Save more, spend less and become #atmanirbhar with these DIYs!