Written By: Pete Patten

With everybody feeling the economic crunch in one way or another, the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) trend has gained momentum. This trend makes sense as people try to creatively save money anyway they can. Most of the time, technology is the driving force for DIYers. Smartphones, tablets, and electronic deviceshave unleashed a tidal wave of opportunities for people to track, analyze, control, and learn how to do something on their own.

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Health related DIY information, activities, and devices are becoming more available and popular to the public. Apple has over 9,000 health apps available through their App store. There are blood pressure monitoring devices, pedometers, work-out plans, dietary plans, and just about anything else you can think of.

With the recent boom in home improvement, there are shows that you can DVR that can help you step-by-step through a project of any size. Websites offer advice, blueprints, diagrams, and instructions, all geared toward lending a helping hand for people trying to save a few dollars.

Put aside the saving money part of doing-it-yourself for just a second. There is also the aspect of accomplishment and success that needs to be calculated into the DIY trend. Talk about conversation pieces – and having pride in the work that you can do on your own.

The bottom line is people need to take a step back for a moment and realize that you really can do it yourself. With so many resources available, it’s time to use the technology and knowledge that is out there at your fingertips. There’s no need to freak out when you gain a pound or two. There’s no reason to think you can’t update or replace the trim and doors in your house. Stop what you are doing for a minute and do a little research on how to improve the situation – on your own. It might take you a time or two to figure out exactly how to do something but it’s ok – you can save money while finding a sense of accomplishment at the same time.

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