Nine Tips for Saving on DIY Projects
Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch offers ways for you to save money on that endless parade of spring projects you have on your to-do list.
Some simple tips will help you save money on your DIY projects.
As the snow
starts to melt and most of us see what's underneath, we realize there's some
serious work to be done around the house.
Spring is the
time to begin working on home improvement projects. If you're thinking about
stocking up on supplies for your most pressing project, consider the ways you
can save when you do-it-yourself:
1. Big Box vs.
For the frugal
consumer, shopping smart is always a logical first step. When you're shopping
at the big-box home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes, there are
always deals going down.
heavyweight retailers are highly competitive and both stores offer price
matching with an additional 10-percent discount on identical products
advertised at a lower price at any competing store. Both stores also post
weekly sales, discounts and rebates on their websites so you can be prepared
before you hit the store. Not to mention, you can always find coupons for these
home and garden giants.
On the other
hand, locally owned home-supply stores, like Ace Hardware, often provide email
sign-ups that allow you to receive special deals on the same items you would
find at the big-box stores. While you may not be able to purchase sheet rock,
the smaller places may carry everything from plumbing supplies to finishing
notes for your home.
2. Tester Cans
and Used Paint
Next to buying a
nice area rug, painting is probably the easiest way to change the look of a
room. Unfortunately, home improvement stores are aware of this and they like to
make you pay for it. There are definitely ways to get around the high prices
If you only have
a small space to paint, there's no need to invest in a whole gallon of paint
that'll inevitably take up space in the garage or closet. Ask about small
tester cans that can often be found for $5 or less in a variety of colors.
The word is
starting to get out on used paint, too. When people order large amounts of
custom paint, they often order too much. This paint gets returned to the
stores, but the merchant can't put such cans back on the shelf with the rest of
the paint. If you're in the right place at the right time, you might be able to
get gallons of paint for around $5. Not all stores will have used paint, but it
doesn't hurt to ask.
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