I used to think YouTube was just for the kids to learn how to build things in Minecraft but when I was off work poorly a while ago, I realised that was most definitely not the case!
I couldn’t even begin to imagine how many videos are available to watch on YouTube but I do know that whatever your interests are – there’s going to be something on there for you.
I started watching YouTube when I was off work because I was lonely through the day when everyone was at work and school andI’m not a big TV watcher so we don’t have a TV in our bedroom. I started watching lots of photography tutorials because I was missing getting out and about with my camera and once I’d done that to death, I started watching blogging tutorials and from there, I found a few vloggers who I enjoyed watching and now, I often have a YouTube video playing in the background when I’m at my laptop working.
There’s more to YouTube than vlogs though – for example, did you realise you can use YouTube to save money? No? Well good, because today I am going to share a few ways that YouTube can save you money!
DIY around the house
If you’re planning on taking on a home renovation, big or small, then YouTube can easily help you save money. Search for tutorials for the jobs you need to do and you may be surprised at how simple a lot of tasks can be when you have someone sitting there on your laptop telling you what to do step by step – especially as you can pause at each step. If you can do the simple tasks yourself then not only are you learning something new, you’re also saving money because you’re not having to pay someone else to do the job for you!
Fix your car
OK so YouTube is never going to turn you into a mechanic who can diagnose and fix just about anyting but there are still ways to use YouTube to save money on your car repairs. YouTube can help in a couple of ways – for the bigger things you might be able to Google the symptoms (?) your car has and then pop onto YouTube to find a video about whatever’s going on. Chances are you won’t be able to fix the bigger things yourself but you might save some money because you’ll sound knowledgable when you hand your car over to the garage so they’re less likely to try and con you (not all would but there is a garage in my area known for this and for inflating prices). The smaller jobs are a whole different matter – there’s a shop near us that does a roaring trade in selling and fitting things like headlight bulbs and wind screen wipers but you can easily learn how to do these things on YouTube.
When I bought my mini the electric window wasn’t working and the lady told me she’d been quote a couple of times to fix and it was going to be at least £100 so she’d never bothered. A quick Google and YouTube video later and my window was fixed with a little trick shared my a couple of mini owners who had experience the same problem.
Make it Yourself Storage
Who doesn’t need more storage? And sure you can use other websites and blogs to find make it yourself storage ideas, but YouTube really takes it up a notch. Using YouTube videos to make your own storage bins will surely give you a more visual step by step instructional process to save you much-needed money when it comes to creating more storage within your house. There are many YouTube videos that will showcase using everyday items to create more storage within your home.
Tutorials for just about anything
YouTube can save you much needed money with their tutorials from users all over the world for everything you can think of. Honestly, pretty much anything you want to lean to do is on there which will save you money in all kinds of ways.
This is one I haven’t used but apparently you can learn to cut hair well enough to get by from watching YouTube videos. Not sure I’d dare personally but there are a lot who do.
Planning your Holidays and Trips
When we were off to New York last year, we watched so many videos about the area. We wantched vlogs from people who were travelling there as tourists, recommendations from locals and then promotional videos on the places we wanted to go so by the time we got there we knew where the bargains were to be found, what we could do for free, what we shouldn’t miss and how to get around cheaply. It’s like the biggest best guide book you could imagine.
There you have it, how YouTube can save you money on so many things in your life, so if you think it’s just for kids – guess again!
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