What to Do When Facing a Home Repair Crisis

Broken pipes, a leaky roof, rats in the walls, a malfunctioning fridge? Anxiety level 1,000,000! There are a million problems in your home that could make for a home repair crisis. The real dilemma is: should you call someone to fix it for you, or risk the DIY? How do you know when to call in reinforcements?

Here are some tips to follow when faced with a home repair crisis.

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Assess the Situation

First things first – don’t jump right into a “Code Red” situation. Look at the big picture: is your problem something that needs fixing immediately? Or is it just a slightly inconvenient situation? Most home repairs are minor and don’t require immediate action. Is it something that will cause you collateral damage if done incorrectly? Or can you even do it on your own? Figure out whether you even have the option to choose. Nothing is worse than trying to cut corners to save a few bucks but then causing even more damage to your property.

Your next step will be to google, google, google. If you’re reading this blog, you’re already the type to go to the internet with a problem. Do you have a leaky roof? Look up the symptoms online to see if it’s a problem you can eliminate with a hammer and a few nails. Do you have a hole in your wall? Your friendly neighbor Home Depot workers can give you DIY advice easily!

If your problem is a simple leaky faucet, you can fix it with a wrench and a little know-how. But if your plumbing issues come from a well or a pipe that’s hard to access without serious equipment, consider calling a licensed plumber.

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The Pros and Cons of DIY Repair

Doing it yourself is a great way to save money and learn a new skill, but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows when you’re finally getting your hands dirty. Here are the benefits and tradeoffs when experiencing a home repair crisis:


  • DIY repairs tend to be cheaper, especially if you already have a toolbox ready. While many situations require specialty tools and training—specialty tools and training rack up a bill
  • You get to learn new skills and become your own handyman. Having a Macgyver in the house is always a great idea!
  • You’ll have more control over the process. You work on your own schedule and dime. Any mistakes or achievements made will be yours to make.
Man on a ladder doing home repairs


  • When making repairs on your own, you risk injuring yourself. You risk falling if you’re repairing a roof or a high-up place. Or, if you’re fixing an electrical unit, you can seriously injure yourself. For a more technical home repair crisis, you will want to leave that to the professionals.
  • You risk making mistakes. You’re less knowledgeable about what you’re doing if you’re not a trained repairman. That means you can make common mistakes that can further damage your home without realizing it. DIY repairs are best for small, local problems. However, if you’re not an expert, you could turn a problem into an even bigger problem.
  • There’s a reason people charge so much for home repair. It’s complex and time-consuming. Even minor problems can take over half a day to solve. You could use that time to do something else that you’d prefer to be doing. 


A home repair crisis doesn’t have to be as stressful as the words seem. A proper assessment of the situation and a genuine consideration of hiring outside help will help you make your decision and also help you understand the crisis a bit more. Understand your situation and consider the pros and cons of calling a licensed professional to both solve your problem and stress out less about it. 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Dates Announced

It may be springtime, but the dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2023 at the Walt Disney World Resort have been announced. For select dates starting August 11 through November 1, 2023, you can experience Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Here are the party dates below:

August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29

October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31

November: 1

Disney Halloween party 2023

How to Get Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party tickets will go on sale for Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guests on April 27. Then they will be available for all guests on May 2. Let’s help you purchase these tickets as soon as they’re available! Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 855-GET-AWAY for those who have a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel booked beginning April 27. Or tickets will be available for everyone at Get Away Today starting May 2.

In California, the Disneyland Resort just announced that Oogie Boogie Bash will officially return to Disney California Adventure Park in 2023! At this time, no exact dates have been released for Halloween Time or Oogie Boogie Bash.

But on whichever coast you attend a Not So Scary Disney Halloween party, Get Away Today has lots of vacation packages available. You’ll save money on your park tickets as well as the hotels you stay at. That way you can have even more money to spend on Mickey-shaped snacks.


And we saved the best for last. Get Away Today has some very fun giveaways happening right now and more coming! Next week is their annual training trip for the Get Away Today team. Which means they will be sharing hotel tours, travel tips, and of course, giveaways! You can enter to win one of 20+ hotel stays at our favorite Anaheim-area hotels. Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Facebook to experience all of the fun.

Thrifyland 101 Anaheim thrift store

Trending Anaheim Thrift Store: Thriftyland 101

Are you a Disney adult? Do you also like thrifting? Good thing you said yes for both because the hot, trending Anaheim thrift store, Thriftyland 101, is the perfect place for you!

Where is Thriftyland?

It is located at 842 N Euclid St, Anaheim, CA 92801. That’s just ten short minutes away from Disneyland!

The parking situation is a little confusing, at least it was for me. But I parked in the neighborhood that was adjoined to the same block and walked the short distance inside.

What does this Anaheim thrift store offer?

Being so close to Disneyland, I’m sure you can imagine what it’s specialty is. You guessed it – Disney merchandise. Some of them are directly from the Disney Parks and still have the tags on them! Jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts, and tees for everyone. They also offer a number of different Disney toys and plushies.

This isn’t the entire store though. Only about half of the store’s products are Disney brand. Not only did I buy myself a Disney shirt, but I got a plain, black v neck long sleeve. What can I say? I needed to update my wardrobe with some non-Disney picks.

Thrifting is a great way to live a sustainable life. Giving these clothes new life keeps the cycle going. It also keeps these clothes out of landfills. It’s amazing that Thriftyland is offering places for Disney fans to come together to get merchandise on a budget.

What are the prices like?

Prices are very fair! Normally when shopping Disney items at thrift stores, they tend to not even really be marked off. I was happy to see that these prices were very affordable. Even the ones that still had tags on them were priced reasonably.

I wonder how many awesome Anaheim thrift stores like Thriftyland are out there?

Read more Disney fashion blogs on Donna Gail Blog.

How to Save on Disneyland Tickets

Is anyone really shocked that Disneyland raised their prices again? I’m not. But if you’re wondering how to save on Disneyland tickets, you’re in luck! The only downside is… there is a ticking clock. You need to act quickly to save money.

So.. how do I save on Disneyland tickets?

You can lock-in the old Disneyland prices and save up to $90 per ticket with my partners at Get Away Today! They were actually able to keep their tickets at the lower price. But only for a limited time! Especially because a lot of Disney-goers are learning about this loophole to save money.

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions:

Q: How much will I save by booking by October 20?
A: That will depend on the type and length of the tickets you choose. Savings start at $32 per ticket, but with Disney Genie+ included, you can save up to $90 per ticket!
Q: How long are they valid?
A: Get Away Today’s DISNEYLAND® tickets are valid for travel now – Jan. 12, 2024.
Q: Do I have to know my travel dates?
A: No, just enter a general date to purchase your tickets. That will be the date that Get Away Today sends your reminders to make theme park reservations as early as 120 days prior to travel. Dates are flexible and can be rescheduled.
Q: Can I put these on a Layaway Plan?
A: Because tickets must be paid in full by October 20, Layaway Plans are temporarily unavailable.

Time to Save Big!

There are only a few days left to purchase tickets at this lower price with Get Away Today so you’ll need to act quickly! Because these savings are so massive, they are able to offer these lower prices until Thursday at 10pm MT. If you are purchasing or upgrading your tickets, it is highly recommended to do so before Thursday to avoid the last minute rush.

Even if you are finding this blog well after the last Disneyland ticket price increase, GAT is still your best bet to save on tickets. Historically they are known for having lower prices and great vacation package deals. That being said, check them out to find the best and lowest prices for your Disney vacations!

Visit Get Away Today to lock in your savings now! And share the savings with others!

Find more information on Get Away Today deals on Donna Gail Blog!