Choose tools next time instead of that new game. Choose a tool instead of that pizza. Choose a tool instead of a movie. Don't buy that candybar. save the money and buy a tool. That's how you get tools. It's called (very adult like) deferring gratification. it means that you don't buy what you don't actually need, and then you can INVEST in tools. Which of course allows you to make and repair things. For instance, I just invested in a Ruby reference at a cost of ~$50. Now of course, I really wanted to buy a pair of bluetooth headphones (which would have cost about the same), but I DO need to pay my bills, and I have to limit my discretionary purchases to things that have some potential for improving my situation, instead of just gratifying me with more useless junk that will be obsolete in 6 months. I deferred my gratification in order to benefit my long term possibilities. Start small. save for a set of screw drivers. With your new found skill at fiscal responsibility, soon you'll be able to purchase soldering irons, dremels, saws, and all sorts of useful things.