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This October, I am joining The Nester on a 31 day journey. For the next 31 days I will be posting each day on a topic I am very passionate about. I have wanted to write this series for a while. Over the next 31 days, we are going to ponder an age-old question, DIY or Buy?
The bottom of this post will be updated each day with a link to each post in the series.
A DIY Perspective
DIYers often see something beautiful with a high price tag and think, I can make that myself.
They see something handmade and wonder if they could make it too.
They dream up their own projects and things to build.
They invest in the tools and supplies to DIY over and over again.
When a project doesn’t turn out perfect, they overlook mistakes because the badge of pride for making it themselves outweighs perfection.
Interestingly, saving money is not the only or primary motivator for DIY. When I surveyed my readers earlier this year, the number one reason they DIY is for the sense of accomplishment. The number two reason was taking time to create. Saving money came in at number three.
A Buy Perspective
Non-DIYers look at what we DIY and think, why didn’t you just buy?
They hear how long it took to make and reason it would have been easier to buy.
They don’t understand why you would DIY. Why take the time? Buy the tools and supplies? Live with sometimes imperfect results? Why, when you can buy something ready-made?
31 Days to Ponder
DIY or Buy?
Well, over the next 31 days I am going to make a case for both DIY and Buy. I believe there is a time and reason for each. Over the next 31 days, I will help you ponder if you should DIY or Buy?
We will explore reasons to DIY. We will explore reasons to buy. I will also give you several tools to help you decide if you will DIY or buy for your next project.
In addition to the 31 “DIY or Buy” posts, I will be sprinkling in several of my latest DIY projects to show some of the reasons I like to DIY.
Read the entire DIY or Buy series:
7. DIY to Focus
11. Buy to Tweak
12. DIY to Teach
14. DIY to Give
20. DIY to Learn
23. DIY to Bond
28. Buy to Organize