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10 Top-Tip’s To Help You Stay On Budget With DIY Projects

10 Top-Tip's To Help You Stay On Budget With DIY Projects

Projects made easier

With Ian being multi-skilled we are very lucky when it comes to DIY projects around the home as there isn’t much he can’t turn his hand to. We find that we very rarely need to call in help from tradesmen as Ian is more than happy and capable to do things himself. This helps us hugely when we are working to a budget on a project.

Ian worked for a family run business for many of years. He really enjoyed his time working for the company. It is working for this company that he managed to do an apprenticeship as well as gain his skills and knowledge needed for his chosen career which was to become a fully qualified electrician.

Whilst working for this company he would work on many of different sites. He would work alongside many of different tradesmen and this is where he gained a lot of extra skills – skills that are very handy today!

Two of our sons are now following in Ian’s footsteps. Our eldest son Danny works on different jobs on different sites. He also works alongside different tradesmen and is also learning different trades just like Ian did. Bradley our youngest is currently at college on an engineering course which he is really enjoying.

We have put together a list of ways you could help yourself save some money when working on a D.I.Y project yourself at home

10 Top-Tip's To Help You Stay On Budget With DIY Projects

10 way’s you could help yourself to stay on budget with your D.I.Y projects:

  • Plan ahead– Good planning saves you from any surprises that could occur later in your project that is not planned or budgeted for. Good planning saves you time and money. It helps you to be organised and prepared for the job in mind.
  • Set a timescale – Set a timescale per job to work with, allowing enough time to complete it safely and to plan. That way you will know roughly how long each job should roughly take.
  • Set a price – Set yourself a realistic budget to work with. Try your best to stay within your budget. I know it is easy to get sidetracked when busy but keeping track of your outgoings will really help you keep track of the money being spent.
  • Allocate jobs – Do you have a friend or family member in the trade? Call in favours from friends and family. You will probably be surprised how many will be more than happy to lend a hand for a few hours. This will help you keep to your timescale and also help you keep within your budget.
  • Always shop about to find best prices – It is always worth shopping about to see what deals are about. You never know you might just find yourself a great bargain and be pleasantly surprised. Also try and borrow tools needed for jobs rather than buy them, money saved here can be saved or spent elsewhere if needed.

Take notes of everything and always have them to hand – It always pay to check everything twice

10 Top-Tip's To Help You Stay On Budget With DIY Projects

  • Communication – Communication is an absolute MUST. With drawings, measurements or even written instructions. Anyway in which you find helps you communicate with anyone helping on your project then do it. It helps massively and could save from missed communication problems which could result in delays or even prove costly.
  • Keep track of everything – It always helps to keep track of everything so take notes where possible. Of time on/left on jobs, budget spent/left, jobs done/left to do. Keep hold of all receipts collected and also contact details of any tradesmen used.
  • Pitch-in – Don’t be afraid to get stuck in. Bring out any hidden D.I.Y skills you may have, make the tea, clear up, fetch/carry. It all helps at the end of the day and time is money.
  • Make compromises – If you find you are getting a little to close to your budget for comfort then have a little re-think…..do you really need all of your chosen items? could you make a few changes to possibly get something a little cheaper or even do without one or two items? opt for cheaper if needed.
  • Work as a team – A little give and take on a project is always needed. We all have our own way of doing things, our own skills etc, but working as a team is always best. Sit down together and put a project plan together. Put a list together of jobs to be done and agree an order in which you all agree to work in.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help where needed

We have done so many different D.I.Y projects at home, our latest being our garden where Ian called in help as it was in urgent need of a makeover and he has friends in the trade. We all got stuck in and helped them the best we could but they done the bulk of it. Ian will turn his hand to many jobs but one he hates is plumbing and drainage so he avoids those sort of jobs and leaves them to the drainage services. To be honest I don’t blame him either!

Do you have a job you hate doing and leave to the experts?

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National Citizen Service – Bradley’s adventure

National Citizen Service - Bradley's adventure

National Citizen Service – Bradley’s adventure

Have you heard of The National Citizen Service? no me neither. Bradley came home a few weeks back now begging to go away with what he called “NCS”. Back then we hadn’t a clue what he was on about if we are honest. Since then we done some research and our first thoughts was “wow” – we was amazed at what they offer for teenaged children.

National Citizen Service - Bradley's adventure

We sat talking, and then started to think how we don’t recall anything like this being on offer when we was younger. The National Citizen Service is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and turn into better citizens.

National Citizen Service - Bradley's adventure

Once we had seen what an amazing experience was on offer for him how could we refuse him to go. Bradley will be doing his GCSE exams over the next few weeks and this experience will follow on from that, so he now has something to look forward to at the end of his very important exams.

Such as:

  • Outdoor team-building exercises
  • A residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’
  • A series of challenging activities to help him develop his strength of character
  • He will be helped to develop leadership skills necessary to succeed in the workplace
  • The experience enables young people to connect with their communities through a social action-packed project
  • For every £1 spent, NCS 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back into society
  • There is also an end of programme celebration event

How amazing does all that sound? our teens today are so lucky.

National Citizen Service - Bradley's adventure

Almost 400,000 young people have taken part in this amazing experience and more than seven million hours of community action have been completed. How amazing is that? in fact this summer more than 100,000 teenagers from different backgrounds will be taking part in NCS. That means one in six of the cohort of 16 year olds will live together, develop skills together and build community projects together.

National Citizen Service - Bradley's adventure

Bradley is so looking forward to his time with NCS in July. The programme cost us just £50, that is including food, travel and also his accommodation for the few weeks with them which is just amazing value for money. Bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is also on offer for children with additional needs.

We wasn’t sure if Bradley would be able to attend NCS at first as we have a family holiday in July that had been booked up for months, but chatting with NCS and they helped us work around it to ensure that Bradley could still attend. If you have a child that may like to attend the experience but are worried due to commitments already booked, NCS are very helpful in working around booked commitments.

Do you have a child in year 11? or know someone who has that may like to join this amazing experience? you can find out more over on the >>NCS website<< Bradley is really looking forward to a summer of fun living away from home whilst making new friends, taking on new challenges, building his confidence, self beliefs and learning life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom.  He has told us he hopes come home at the end of July an even stronger, better, more confident unstoppable person. We as parents are so excited for him, this just looks and sounds amazing.

What an amazing way to end his toughest year in school.

If you would like to follow The National Citizen Service on social media to show your support, you can do so by following them on >Facebook< >Twitter< >Instagram<

 

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Back to your roots: Important skills people are losing In the modern era

Back To Your Roots: Important Skills People Are Losing In The Modern Era

Back to your roots: Important skills people are losing In the modern era

There’s no denying that the age of modern technology that we live in right now is absolutely amazing. Technological advances have improved the lives of thousands of people and have help humanity make huge strides in everything from medicine to communication to education. That being said, there’s a trade-off that seems to have come with this advances that isn’t necessarily quite so positive. Thanks to all of the ways in which technology has made life easier and simpler, a lot of people are losing skills that were once incredibly common. The sad thing is that many of these skills are just as valuable as they ever were, it’s just that people assume that we no longer need them since machines and technology can do everything for you. Of course, that’s all well and good until you find yourself without the technology that you’ve come to rely on so much. With that in mind, here are some of the skills that people have lost in the age of modern technology.

Working with your hands

Back to your roots: Important skills people are losing In the modern era

It used to be that if you wanted something, then you either had to make it yourself or buy it from someone else who made it. Now, thanks to the widespread industrialization of manufacturing, most people are completely removed from how everything that they own is made. Sure, most people are never going to be able to make their own computer or smart phone, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t embrace making things with your own two hands. Whether you’re going to spend your time whittling away a piece of timber, or your garage is going to be filled with welding helmets and other equipment, being able to make something and see the fruits of your labor is one of the most satisfying things in the world. Sure, you could simply buy something instead of making it, but you’re never going to feel that same level of satisfaction that you would if it was something that you made from scratch.

Finding your way around

Back to your roots: Important skills people are losing In the modern era

In the age of smartphones and GPS systems, the idea of having to look at a map or, heaven forbid, ask for directions seems utterly insane to a lot of people. However, you can’t always rely on having your GPS in your pocket no matter what. Being able to navigate is one of those skills that absolutely everyone should have, but very few people actually do. Even something as simple as being able to make your way from one place to another using a compass, some directions, and the landmarks around you is something that everyone should be able to do. Sure, it’s not that likely that you’ll ever be caught in the wilderness without any support, but there are still ways in which a skill like this is valuable. We’ve all had those moments where your phone has died at the least convenient moment and trying to figure out where you are in the event that your car breaks down can be truly terrifying if you have no idea how to get around with it.

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