Can you do these ten things?
There are certain tasks that are traditionally relegated to men. The truth is that you don’t need to wait for a man to do any of the things listed. YouTube is a great source for getting step by step instructions on just about anything you can think of. So knowing how to do these ten things without a man’s help is a piece of cake.
1. Changing a Flat Tire
This job might seem daunting, but you’re just as capable of accomplishing it as any man who thinks he knows best. You can find detailed, step-by-step instructions online or in a manual. Practice changing the tire before you’re in an emergency situation, that’s not the time to pull out the manual. I know you are saying “but I have AAA” which is good, but not if there isn’t any cell phone service or your phone is dead.
2. Painting (and I don’t mean landscapes)
Small paint jobs are not that difficult, and there’s no reason to wait for a man to do the painting. Just start with small projects before you tackle any major painting jobs. And you might want to enlist the help of a friend if ladders are involved for safety reasons. Make a girls day out of it, capped off with some apple martinis and pizza at the end.
3. Knowing About Technology
With the abundance of information on the internet, there is no reason not to be tech savvy when it comes to the latest technology. Don’t rely on the salesperson or your significant other to know all the pertinent information needed to make the best buy. Just imagine the sense of pride you will feel knowing you can make an intelligent choice when it comes to picking out the latest big screen TV or smartphone, the look on your man’s face, priceless.
4. Fixing a Leaky Faucet
Leaking faucets are both annoying and costly, and many times the problem can be fixed without the aid of a plumber. Once again, it’s just a matter of looking up the basic instructions and focusing on the job. You can find just about any repair job step by step instructions on YouTube. A pair of testicles is not required to restore your faucet to its former glory.
5. Defending Yourself
This is a tricky one, as there’s no denying that it’s helpful to have a big, muscular guy on your side (or a big dog) if you need to defend yourself. However, just because men tend to be stronger and more powerful than women doesn’t mean that you should cower in the shadows and depend on men for safety. On the contrary, it’s smart and empowering to take a self-defense class and do regular strength training to ensure you can hold your own. A Glock 19 doesn’t hurt either.
6. Reading a Map
There’s a common myth that women “can’t read maps” even if their lives depended on it, but there is absolutely no reason why you should sit helplessly while your male companion figures out the directions. Of course in this day and age most people have smartphones with GPS capabilities, but if your phone is not receiving a signal or is dead, you might have to go old school.
7. Assembling Furniture
You definitely don’t need a man to put together your new coffee table or assemble a bookshelf. The instructions that come with new furniture can be baffling, but a man is in no better place to interpret them than you are. Open up that box and get started! Just remember righty tighty, lefty loosey.
8. Doing Your Taxes
With all the available tax preparing software such as TurboTax and TaxAct to name a couple, preparing a basic 1040 tax form yourself is not as daunting as it may seem. If you can afford to pay a professional to do your taxes, then by all means, that’s an option, but a man is no better equipped to file your taxes than you are. So, if you have one job, no deductions or dependents and don’t own a home, your taxes should be pretty simple to do. Just make sure you do them on time, Uncle Sam is a stickler for that.
9. Monitoring your checking account
Remember the days when the man was the one who handled all the finances in the family? Well, those days are gone! Hopefully, you have a bank account and are making regular deposits. If not – get on it! But once you have an account, it’s crucial that you keep track of your withdrawals, including the funds you swipe on your debit card. Most people remember to deduct the bills they pay from their account balance, but some tend to forget the lunch they paid for with their debit card.
If it comes out of your bank account, keep a record of it. Make sure you check your account on a regular basis to make sure there is no fraudulent activity and to make sure you have enough to cover your charges. The one thing you want to avoid is overdraft fees; they will eat you alive. Oh, and make sure you are saving, saving, saving!
10. Firing-up the Barbecue Grill
Why wait around for a guy to light up the grill when you have a hankering for some roasted corn or shrimp on the ‘barbie’? Men tend to make it seem like it takes an engineering degree to barbecue some ribs. You are just as capable of lighting some briquettes, dumping in some pellets, or attaching the propane canister and flame-broiling some burgers. Practice makes perfect. – Char Frink