Improving your skills and educating yourself regularly are important for overall self-confidence as well as for furthering your career or pursuing a new career path. Unfortunately, obtaining new skills and taking your education to the next level is frequently associated with expensive tuition and fees. While going back to school is one way to learn new skills, there are other more cost-effective ways to accomplish similar goals while maintaining a frugal lifestyle.

Volunteer Regularly
If you do not currently volunteer for a charitable organization, a local animal shelter, a hospital or something else, it makes sense to identify a cause that you are interested in and to take action. Through volunteerism, you may gain new skills in a field outside of your current area of expertise. You may also expand your professional network and obtain experience that you can place on your resume. There are not usually expenses associated with volunteering. By spending your free time in this way, you may not waste money on frivolous things, such as going to the movies.

Focus on Home Maintenance and Improvement
Another idea is to spend your free time caring for your home. There are some expenses associated with home maintenance and improvement, many of these projects may help you to save money. For example, if you invest in cord adapters and timers for your outlets, you may save money on energy costs over time. You may also learn marketable skills, such as tile installation, carpentry and more. These are skills that you may use to start a side business or to completely switch gears with a new career.

Teach Yourself New Skills
You could also teach yourself new skills by doing some extra tasks around the house that you otherwise would have spent money on. These may be skills that ultimately could be used to produce income. For example, you can practice cooking and baking, and this could help you to save money by eliminating expensive restaurant meals from your budget. Eventually, you may become a master in the kitchen and may be able to use these skills to generate income. This also applies to landscaping and yard work, housekeeping and other similar activities.

These are only a few of the many ways that you can save money while learning new skills or mastering a new trade. Consider reviewing your current lifestyle to determine areas where you waste money. Then, think about how these or other similar ideas could help you to save money while also improving your skillset in beneficial ways.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.