One thing that so sad about today's society is that nobody is willing to do things for themselves. Many times people will pay others to do a simple task when they could have easily done it for themselves. What I think people should do is do a little research so that they can be self sufficient.
One area that you can learn to do for your self is basic automotive maintenance. It is so simple that even a monkey can do it. Why do you think they call them grease monkeys. By learning how to take care of your car you can save your self a lot of money and be aware of what is going on your car to avoid problems that may be brewing.
Another way to save a lot of money is learning how to do home improvement yourself. By taking on projects around the house you can make a huge difference in the value of your house and save thousands in labor. Things like remodeling your kitchen or bathrooms can be done at very little material cost and create many times more in additional equity.
After learning to do things for yourself you will not only save money but you can take pride in the work you have done. Nobody will ever put the same effort into a project as you will for ones for yourself. More often than not the work you get from others is of low quality. That is why i recommend that everyone becomes a do it yourselfer.