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SweetSilver 05-15-2014 02:56 PM

Desperately needing to save money, I've just starting skimming the surface of the instructional videos on YouTube.  


So far, simple things like today shampooing the car interior.  My old 200K+ Camry needs to survive another 100K if we can, and salvaging the inside from years of toddlerhood helps make us WANT it to last.  We've had this 17yo car for 10 years now, and raised both girls while owning it.  The engine got a thumbs-up from our mechanic, for what it's worth, so I have o convince dh we can give it some more time.


Any how... I digress....


The instructions really were no-brainer.  I looked up the procedure, having fought the urge to get it professionally done or renting a machine, and duh.gif learning I only needed a shop vac, then deciding to use the cleaners we have on hand instead of the special cleaner recommended, and the seats are now looking spic and span.  Carpets next, but they are bad bad bad and that was a work out.  Yes, that bad.


Ooops, digressed again.  My point is, What else am I missing?  How else can I DIY it via YouTube to save money?  What has helped you?  


I'm loving this resource!

orangemomma 05-15-2014 04:58 PM

We needed a headlight casing for our Durango- the piece itself was hundreds of dollars and we couldnt afford to pay for labor. Brought it home and found a video on YouTube. Bingo! Installed without too much hassle. I have also used it a bit to try and figure out how to play this little fiddle a friend lent me. Havent had much luck but I dont blame that on YouTube. LoL

stormborn 05-15-2014 08:44 PM

My best one was a 6 month old $1500 (I've paid less for cars!!) clothes dryer tossed to the curb because it needed a $12 part. Appliance repair video showed me how to fix it in 20 mins. orngbiggrin.gif And normally I have a hard time "getting" hands-on things from videos.
Tonight dd is making me a stinkbug trap from a youtube vid.; her favorite right now is crazyrussianhacker.

SweetSilver 05-16-2014 06:44 AM

How did you know it needed that part?  Or did you take the washer home on a hunch?

stormborn 05-16-2014 12:58 PM

More like DH dragged it home partially in pieces. The only missing part was one of the baffle things that attach to the drum to move the clothes. Why original owner didn't just call for repair is beyond me- it was still under warranty. Not compaining though; it's still going 6 years later at two loads a day, minimum!

mamapigeon 05-20-2014 01:16 PM

I've been meaning to check out videos on how to clean (and fix) the sewing machine I have. Something seems to be wrong with it.

I'm interested in homesteading, and we might build our own little house, so maybe some videos on that?

Angelorum 05-20-2014 02:14 PM

I found a video on how to take apart and clean my dishwasher recently.  It was really gross!  And works much better now :)

justmama 05-20-2014 06:43 PM

I replaced my washing machine drain pump a few months ago from a YouTube video. It still cost me a ton because that part isn't cheap but it was cheaper than another washer.

Satori 05-31-2014 01:23 PM

I look up everything new I want to do on youtube first:)

Wolfcat 06-01-2014 04:22 PM

DH repaired the washing machine - the lever that gets pushed down when the lid is closed got broken; lever was about $20 on amazon.

I learned to can from videos and online recipes.

DH learned to strop and use his straight razor (the blades are soooo much cheaper then disposables and tons better for shaving).

DH learned how to take apart and clean his gun.

I learned to make cheese from a video. I love video recipes.:grin:

Shakti77 06-01-2014 05:20 PM

DH learnt how to change a toilet on YouTube and changed 3 leaking toilets in our house when we moved here.

I upgrade my sewing skills by watching sewing videos on YouTube as well. (Lookup fashionsewingblogtv) I also learn to garden and cook new recipes from YouTube videos.

My friends daughter is learning to apply makeup and to make jewelry on YouTube as well.


Originally Posted by mamapigeon (Post 17632495)
I've been meaning to check out videos on how to clean (and fix) the sewing machine I have. Something seems to be wrong with it.
I'm interested in homesteading, and we might build our own little house, so maybe some videos on that?

If you don't find it there, look up 'yahoo groups with your sewing machine brand name' or model name... There are some great yahoo groups.

farmermomma 06-01-2014 07:59 PM

I learned I don't want to castrate sheep and goats from a utube video.

Angelorum 06-01-2014 10:03 PM


Originally Posted by Shakti77 (Post 17649361)

My friends daughter is learning to apply makeup and to make jewelry on YouTube as well.

Oh yeah, I learned how to trim my own bangs on youtube. Not really a money saver, as my stylist would do it for free, but I just never take the time to walk the half-block and get it done!

Shakti77 06-04-2014 07:45 PM

I just remembered that craftsy is a great platform for learning a lot of things .... They have many free mini classes in many categories ...

Ruthiegirl 06-05-2014 10:55 AM

I love Youtube tutorials.

I repaired my dryer and learned how to cut my own hair recently. The dryer works brilliantly, my hair looks pretty good. I miss getting the spa treatment at the salon, but $50 is just too much for me to pay for what I can do myself.

Dh and I replaced the toilet after watching videos. And there are a ton of them on fixing a lawn mower. Those came in handy when we had a yard to mow.

I need to figure out what is wrong with my dishwasher. The sink is draining into the dishwasher and the standing water stinks.

Right now I am addicted to Victorian gardening videos, but won't get much use out of them till we buy a house.

aslandess 06-08-2014 05:32 PM

Car repairs! We take our car to a mechanic to find out what's wrong, and then get the part at auto parts store, then youtube fixing it. I find the video and DH does the repairing. It's actually saved $1000+, but one time DH couldn't get some piece off, it was really jammed, and had to put it back together and take it to a mechanic. :rotflmaoWe told the mechanic we had the part and he only charged us labor, but the total for part and labor was cheaper then the original quote we got from other mechanics. It made me question if mechanics upcharge the part's price, and probably give you a lower end part anyways.

How to use a paint sprayer and refinish your kitchen cabinets. Mine turned out nicely!

Sewing techniques/projects

Makeup/hair tutorials so I can get a professional look at home for free, and I was looking for a foundation that didn't contain scary ingredients and looked for video product reviews so I could see how it looks on a person before spending money.

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