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This inaugural post lays the groundwork for the 7DeadlyZings blog, which is the home base for my “guy’s guide” product reviews and my 7 Deadly Zings program (launching soon). The concept being- helping regular guys burn fat, lose weight, and gain muscle. It is by far the best diet and exercise program and I’ll only sell it to guys who are committed to the goal… and – I’m going to let you have it without breaking the bank.
I’m also going to give you an occasional glimpse into my thought processes and rants to give you an edge in other facets of life. You’ll also see the occasional flub.
Let’s get started.
If you’re like me you’re constantly trying to find value for your dollar, from picking a gym that has the most amenities- like the perfect pushup – to finding restaurants that will provide quality for a good price. I’m in it to keep my bank account strong. It’s a great feeling knowing you’re spending in a way that leaves the guilt out of what can kindly be called “questionable purchasing”, because no one really needs a sombrero. This exercise in searching out value put my mind in a mode to see that the best thing you can work out is your toolbox to save a small fortune. The why is easy, saving money and as the saying goes a penny saved is a penny earned. Fortunately the how is pretty simple too and involves an activity we are all very accustomed to – being online. There is a video for pretty much everything you could ever want to know on someone’s website explaining how to do pretty much anything. With that in mind let’s take a look at things that cost a ton if you were to have them done by professionals but you could do with a decent tool set and a little effort.
Painting is a great place to start and while a professional painter may not need as many specialty items like painters tape and edge rollers, these tools are available to you for a small cost and the savings of doing it yourself will easily be up in the $400-$500 ballpark. A professional might have you beat in a race to finish but if you have a few hours to spare and prep the room according to any of the online videos that show proper technique you will get great results at a fraction of the cost. I just painted nearly every room in my house and saved over $3000 – and yes, there are some spots that annoy me, but the cash I saved makes up for that.
Staying on the home improvement end of things and stepping up the intensity to electrical work let’s just say make sure the power is off and put the wires back on in the same spots you took em off. This works for light switches, power outlets, lamps, etc. Where each one of those could be $25 a pop to have an electrician do it, take a look around your house those outlets add up fast. Cars are gonna be the next place we save tons of cash and that’s because of one part that needs frequent replacement, costs hundreds of dollars to have done by a mechanic and is basically just 4 bolts to do, I’m talking about brakes. Good set of brake pads costs about 50 bucks, decent tool set costs the same and brakes need to be changed once maybe twice a year depending on who’s driving. If you get this done at a mechanic you are looking at over $300 and that is the amount that can be saved over the life of your car each time you would have changed your brakes!
Once you tackle the painting and the brake job your handyman confidence will be in overdrive and you will begin taking on more and more complex fixes all the while saving what will wind up being thousands of dollars over a given course of time. Take that money and buy more tools and do more stuff to save and on and on… you get the picture.
Check back soon and the 7 Deadly Zings program!