As a parent, you want to offer the world to your children. Giving them as much experience as possible in a wide variety of subjects will help to open their eyes to the possibilities that life has to offer, and help them to select a path that is right for them. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily cheap, and allowing your child to sample different things can add up in terms of cost pretty quickly. Especially in the world of music.
Music can be a wonderful thing to expose your children to, but it is unfortunately one of the most expensive, depending on the instrument your child fancies. Not only that, but how many times has a parent found themselves sitting and looking at a dust covered drum set that was used all of 3 times and then relegated to the pile of disinterest. As children can change their minds often, I would never recommend buying them brand-new musical instruments. So this brings up the challenge of where to find cheap instruments.
Honestly, this isn’t all that hard to do given the situation I just mentioned. There are plenty of people looking to make up at least some of their investment by selling the now disregarded instrument recently purchased. So go looking in flea markets, garage sales, a Davie pawn shop, and online listings to find these bargains.
Also, certain instruments should not be bought until the child has shown steady interest. Take a piano for example. To learn well, you would of course need to have a real piano to practice on. But, this is not necessary for the first few months of learning. A simple electronic keyboard would more than suffice (take my advice, I studied classical piano for over 8 years!). Same goes for the case of drums. An electronic set is way cheaper (and quieter) for the fledgling drummer and will still help them get their skills up.
If you are the DIY type, then you know how important it is to be able to find cheap materials. Part of doing things yourself is that you have the ability to save a lot of money (as building or fixing something yourself is always cheaper). So finding building supplies cheap is a key part of that.
Part of this is sourcing materials. This isn’t always easy. But if you know where to look, it isn’t all that bad. So let’s look at some good sources for cheap building materials.
Cardboard is an easy one. Just look in recycling bins behind businesses and supermarkets.
Same goes for plastic and glass materials. Recycling bins will yield pretty much anything you need.
For metal, you have to get a little more creative. You can try a junkyard (which is a great place for many, many items) and even a metal recycling plant (if there is one near you).
Things like electronics are trickier as you will typically want a working model of what you are after. I find that ebay is a great place for computers and other electronics on the cheap.
Tools and the like can usually be picked up at a local Hollywood pawn shop for a low price. This is a good place to salvage motors out of drills, and other things like this.
Fabrics can be gotten from tailors. Sometimes they have scraps of cloth and other textiles lying around and if you just ask, they may have something they can let you use for free (or for very little).
You see? With a little ingenuity and thinking outside the norm, you can find almost anything you need by way of raw materials for DIY projects for free. It just takes a little looking around.
We all have had the experience of sitting down to get rid of all the junk in the garage or attic, and coming across something that hasn’t been used in years, yet we can’t seem to part with. Be it something that has the “could be useful one day” idea attached to it, or a family heirloom, we tend to hang onto these things despite the fact that they only sit and collect dust.
So how can we decide if we should get rid of them? Well, an interesting solution would be to use a Hollywood pawn shop. If the item is of any value, you can take it and pawn it. Don’t spend the money, just hang onto it for the time being. Wait a couple of weeks and then ask yourself this simple question, “Would I rather get the item back, or keep this money?” If you would rather the money, then you know the answer to the dilemma.
This is an interesting little life hack as it forces you to only partially part with the item yet you still get some sort of return. This allows you to take a more balanced look as you physically have something in your possession that takes the place of the item (in this case, the money).
Give it a try and see if it can help you to make the right decision about some of your old items.
We all have had the experience of having a closet, drawer or garage or attic full of stuff that we haven’t used in years. In reality, that stuff is just taking up space and we really don’t need it, but for some reason we just keep hanging onto it. Well, in the interest of helping the world hold onto less junk, I present this handy guide on whether you should sell something or not.
To use this guide, just run the item(s) in question through the following:
- Is it something you occasionally use? Sometimes, there are things that we keep stowed away that we still use, if even on an infrequent basis. Many are seasonal, but if it is still used (even if not very often) then you could safely hold onto it.
- Do you have a better version? I don’t know why, but some will insist upon keeping an old TV even though there is a newer and better one in use. If you have a better version of something, then just sell the old one already.
- Does it gold sentimental value? I get this one. You want to keep something because it belonged to your grandfather or some similar situation. Well, despite how you may feel, you don’t actually need the item. Take a few pictures of it instead and then get rid of the item. If you really can’t bear the thought of parting with it, ok, but a photo will keep the memory alive…
- Would you prefer cash over the item? You can test this out by taking the item to a pawn shop in Hollywood. Pawn it for a bit and then ask yourself if you would rather keep the money or the item. If the answer is the money, then you know what to do.
And there you go. If you follow the above rules, then you should be able to decide what you should sell and what you should keep.