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Spring into DIY and save

With spring on the way, you may be considering some repairs and upgrades to your house. Here are some Tightwad tips for saving on DIY projects:

Big box vs. small retailers: For the frugal consumer, shopping smart is a logical first step. When you're shopping at the big-box home improvement stores there are always deals to be had. (Tightwad note: this is unfortunate, but true). Often the big box stores offer price matching with an additional 10% discount on identical products advertised at a lower price at any competing store – with proof.
Tester cans and used paint: There are ways to get around the high prices of paint. Consider the size of the area you want to cover. There's no need to invest in a whole gallon of paint that'll inevitably take up space in the garage or closet. Small tester cans are often found for $5 or less. Regarding “used” paint, people often over-order large amounts of custom paint and it gets returned to the stores, but it can’t be sold since it’s already tinted. Not all stores have used paint, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
Generic versus name brand: As with everything from shampoo to butter, the DIY biz offers generic brands, for significantly less.
Buy in bulk: unpackaged fixtures and hardware in a bulk bin can have the same quality as their packaged counterparts on the shelf, but cost much less.
Caulk singles: Useful for patching up holes and sealing cracks, caulk should be bought for the job. It doesn’t really keep well and is often thrown away. Try using caulk singles – about the size of a single use mustard packet, they're enough for one project and cut back on waste and mess.
Government rebates: If you are considering overhauling your old window and doors with more energy efficient ones, see if you are eligible for any tax credit programs or rebates for that promote energy efficient products.
Buy reconditioned or rent power tools: By renting, you'll get the professional finish you want without having to cut corners on expensive equipment. Many power tool manufacturers have online outlets where they sell reconditioned tools at a discount. These tools are certified by the manufacturer, so you have a guarantee they'll work.
Buddy up: If you and a neighbour are working on similar projects, sharing the cost of renting a wood chipper or cement mixer can save both of you time and money. Working with friends gets the job done faster and is usually much more fun.


TexaGermaFinlaNadian said...

Great little tips! I am a self proclaimed tight wad too, haha. So glad you linked up to the Storytellers Blog Hop! Now I get a great chance to check out your blog. Hope you found some fun new reads and had a great weekend!

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