This week’s post might seem to deal less with finance than normal, but stick with me here. We’re going back to moving out a little bit, but today we’re talking about some skills EVERYBODY should pick up. Bringing the whole shebang back to finance, knowing these skills can save you a lot of money, and not knowing them can cost a lot of money.
COOKING: This is a no-brainer, but knowing how to cook is important, especially if you are living on your own. Let’s talk a little about degrees here. When I say cooking, I’m not talking about being able to open a can of tuna for a sandwich, nor am I talking about cooking like THE NAKED CHEF, but you need to learn how to throw a few, cost-efficient, nutritious ingredients together so you don’t starve or so you aren’t forced to spend stupid amounts of money on fast food. There are plenty of books in your library (free books, who knew?) to get you started, and there are also plenty of web sites that can point you towards some decent meals. There are also a few tools that can help you. None of these are essential, but hardly anything really is essential. These are items that come in handy and make life a little easier. I know there are other items that can do the same thing, and sometimes even cheaper, but having these, and many others, makes cooking just that much more fun.
- Rice Cooker
- Crock Pot
- Sauce Pot
- Good knife
SEWING: When a button falls off, or when you step through a hem, you have a few options: You could buy a new piece of clothing, You can take it to get mended, or you can fix it yourself. Although fixing it yourself might not give you that professional look that the other two options will, you really need to think about degrees of importance. I can only speak for guys here, but if I loose a button, and I sew it back on, this button will be covered by a belt (pants), or possibly a tie (shirt), so it doesn’t matter that much. If I’m trying to do some serious alterations to shorten the length of a sleeve, I will probably take it to have it done, only because I don’t want to relive the COSBY SHOW (VIDEO LINK) episode. Of course, there is a fourth option: You can go back to Mom or Dad and they can help you.
There are a few other skills that are important for you to know, and I’ll be going over some of the ones I feel are important in the near future. If you can think of any skills you think are important, drop me a line!
Till next time!