Home Improvement Skills
Find out how to take on fixer-upper projects big and small at Home Depot's free Do-It-Yourself and Do-It-Herself workshops. They also offer kids' classes! Search for schedules at the store or at homedepot.com, where you can register for a spot online.
Attend a free hour-long technique class at Williams-Sonoma to enhance your kitchen know-how. Topics include cookware and the best way to work with seasonal produce. You can sample the finished product as well as get 10 percent off anything you purchase at the store that day.
At Michaels' free Make-It-Take-It events learn such skills as arranging flowers and using chalkboard paint for added fun at kids' parties. Visit michaels.com/store-events for a calendar. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores also offer similar events on Saturdays where you can make tissue paper flowers, finger puppets, and more. Another way to improve your crafting IQ? The free classes on sewing, quilting, cake decorating and more at craftsy.com/classes.
Get your taxes prepared for free by a volunteer in your community by searching "free tax prep" at irs. gov. Have relatively easy returns or don't need help via phone? Use the free versions of TurboTax or TaxAct, which offer online support.
Perplexed by your iPad, or stumped by your new laptop? Microsoft and Apple store offers free demos on all their products; topics include making videos, tackling spreadsheets and a lot more. Don't forget your local library for no-cost classes on creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
Need to entertain the kids on the cheap? Your children can learn to safely use a hammer and other tools at free Lowe's Build and Grow kids clinics. Lakeshore Learning stores offer free crafts for kids every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.--and they provide all the materials. Lego stores even have monthly model builds for kids!
Get a jump-start on learning without paying tuition! Take a free online college class taught by educators at Duke, Stanford, UCLA, Yale, and other institutions. Search "MOOC" (massive open online courses) at udemy.com to find one that fits your interests and schedule. For your kids, try the free videos and games at Sesame Street's website, which teach important concepts on math, reading and writing to children as young as 2.