What do I do to make ends meet? I ask my community of friends and family for things they no longer are using and borrow them. Case in point: we make sure that we share kids clothes and the bins travel around our friends and family until their kids outgrow it and they can pass it on.
I recently got a Brica/Munchkin safety gate from a dear friend. I was super happy. That's like $80 saved by not buying a new one. It needed a bracket which was not a problem. There are so many companies that will send you the missing parts if you just ask. Munchkin actually told me to review them online after the experience. They were great. Anyhow, with the missing bracket arriving at the house, I finally began to install it. No instructions.
I know, I could get the instructions online but I didn't want to bother. I've had enough experience installing gates over the last 7 years that this one didn't pose any problem. It also gave me something to think about. I know that there are lots of people who are find it impossible to install something without instructions. I come across this situation all the time. If you buy things that are gently used, you're bound to get some items without instructions. I think it boils down to taking a chance and experience.
How do you impart this skill? I know that Z watches me when I build stuff. I know that V loves to help. So, my kids will hopefully (through osmosis) gain these skills of building without instructions. Lego is good but I know that lots of people free-build.
Anyhow, something to think about.