Yep, DIY can be a boon. I’m finally building cabinets for my office to finish it. So far I’ve spent $500 for oak, $300 for a planer from the pawn shop, $150 for a pocket hole jig and screws, $150 for a new second router, $150 for water based stain and finish, $100 for drawer slides, $100 for new cabinet making router bits, and I’m not done yet. Still drawers to go and need more materials. Then at Menards I saw a cheap cabinet on sale for $99. Of course mine will support a car and quality is not cheap. Kinda like when I tried growing potatoes in the garden. When I got all done and had a sack full after the growing season, I noticed they were on sale at the grocery store for 99 cents for 10 pounds. Never grew them again.
But its not the money, its the experience. Like mountain climbing.