Before divorce, your spouse may have been the one who balanced the household budget, trimmed the hedges, and fixed the occasional leaky faucet. Now that you’re single again, well-meaning friends are probably sending you the contact information for their favorite accountant, landscaper, or handy person.
If you’re like most people after divorce, you’ve prepared a budget to help you organize your expenses. Sometimes that budget is so tight that hiring professional help is not feasible unless they take credit cards, but you don’t want to go into debt to keep your home and finances in good shape.
A solution? YouTube.
YouTube has millions of tutorials that can help you save money. Spend an hour browsing the site, and you’ll be shown how to:
- Fix the kitchen window broken by your son’s enthusiastic ball game
- Install a window air conditioner that helps you dispense with the cost of central air
- Thaw frozen pipes before they create an expensive disaster
- Create an affordable vegan menu for you and the kids
You may need to buy a few tools and accessories, but they will cost less than hired help and you’ll have them on hand in case a similar situation arises in the future. If the item you need is expensive, you may be able to find a friend or neighbor willing to lend it to you instead.
When using a tutorial, follow these tips to get the most out of it:
- Watch the entire video before approaching the task. The last thing you want is to be several minutes into the video only to discover that you don’t have one of the tools needed.
- Some videos are better than others. Watch a few of them before selecting one that offers the clearest instructions from a knowledgeable presenter.
Remember: don’t do the task if you don’t feel confident about it. Doing it wrong can cost a lot more in the long run than hiring a professional. If you need an extra pair of helping hands, friends or family members are usually willing to help in exchange for pizza or a nice bottle of wine. If the task is potentially dangerous (e.g. electrical work is involved), don’t take the chance- hire a trained and qualified tradesperson.
When you carry out as many of your own repairs as possible, you’re doing more than saving money. Repairing items instead of buying new ones is also eco-friendly because it creates less demand for scarce resources.
Divorce requires you to make financial adjustments to your lifestyle, but working with an experienced New York divorce attorney makes it easier to leave the marriage with the assets and financial resources you need to build a new and secure future. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, NY attorney with 35 years of experience. He has handled many divorces over the years as evidenced by numerous referrals. If you have any questions about a divorce case, whether it is contested or uncontested, or you are unsure, then call 718-329-9500 to set up a free in-person initial consultation. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com to learn more.