(Closed) If Your DIY Project Costs More Than Buying It, Would You Still Do It?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
  • poll: If Your DIY Project Costs More Than Buying It, Would You Still Do It?
    Yes, it will be more customized and "me" if I DIY it : (9 votes)
    26 %
    No, I'd save the money and go with buying a cheaper generic version : (16 votes)
    46 %
    Maybe, explain below : (10 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I think it depends on what it was and how much I cared about it. If we’re talking about LOTS of money, or a few bucks, etc.

    All of my DIY projects have been significantly cheaper than buying their counterparts, though.  

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2018

    What EJS said… 🙂

    Post # 5
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    1573 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    no way, that’s the whole point of DIY–to save money!

    Post # 6
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    137 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Cheaper is the moral of my budget. You can even personalize a bought item if needed

    Post # 7
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    I love to bake, and probably could have bought cheaper favors than what the ingredients cost.  But I think that homemade cupcakes and brownies are really appreciated, so I don’t worry about the cost of that.  I think your decision depends upon your financial position, and how important this DIY project is to you. 

    Post # 8
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    360 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2009 - Westwind YWCA camp

    I’d absolutely still DIY!

    It depends on the project, though.  I really really like to be crafty, so if something inspires me, I love to use it as an excuse to try out a new technique (even if I could buy it for cheaper).  I think of it as learning a new skill, not just paying someone else to do it for me.

    There are definitely some things I would pay others to do for me if I could afford it (like flowers).

    Post # 9
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    329 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I am totally a DIY fan for the personalization aspect first and the money aspect second. I grew up in a very crafty household and I think people really appreciate things that you’ve done yourself (especially my mom–gotta keep her happy!) When you DIY you can get exactly what you want and feel proud of the product!

    However, if we are talking A LOT of money I might reconsider. Or, as I am now, starting to run out of time….I’ve learned I have to give myself some limits. Last month I almost had a nervous breakdown doing all our invitations + knitting a baby blanket for my cousin’s shower. 

    Post # 10
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    665 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    It depends b/c…

    A. I’d figure out some why it would save me money in the long run.

    B. I’m way too picky and did DIY b/c in the long run it would be easier and to my exact  specifications.

    C. I like DIY b/c it is something to do when I have nothing else to do and do not feel like reading or w/e…

    BUT, if it is something I didn’t care about… and it was cheap, then w/e I’d get that.

    Post # 11
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    484 posts
    Helper bee

    yes, definately – I love projects!

    Post # 12
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    818 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    It depends on the project I think. I like the idea of being able to personalize with DIY and am doing a lot of it, but if I don’t have time to do all of the projects I want to and if it’s cheaper, I would buy it and then see about altering and personalizing then.

    Post # 13
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    2889 posts
    Sugar bee

    If it is cheaper and looks cheaper I would still make it but if it looks good, I would most likely just buy it and use my time for another project.

    Post # 14
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    2856 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    I would think it all depends. Of course if I would save money buy purchasing a pre-made item it would be budget friendly but if it is "generic" I would probably still want to DIY it to make it more personal. I decided to purchase my invites but I am completely satisfied with them and since I am not experienced in the invitation area it was just cheaper (money wise & time wise) to go the purchasing route BUT for things like photocards, menus, etc. that will be all DIY.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I agree with all those who say "it depends" on how rewarding the project will be and what the readymade alternative is like. Also, a big chunk of my DIY budget when I was getting started with the wedding was buying stuff that I will reuse (glue gun, paper cutter). I even have leftover pearls, leftover fabric, leftover everything.

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